Coaches salute AIFF-SAI online coaching refresher course

NEW DELHI: Trainers who attended the online training refresher course jointly organized by All-India Football Federation ( AIFF ) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) praised the effort, claiming that it has helped spread complex knowledge of the game across base levels.

A total of 884 coaches from all over the country registered for the program. The course which had kicked-off on April 20, concluded on Saturday, as per a report on AIFF 's official website.

I was literally struggling to find ways to spend my time during the shutdown, when I got to know the course and signed up right away, said current Bhawanipore FC head coach and former Mohun Bagan player Sankarlal Chakraborty. the-aiff.com.

The topics discussed during the sessions have really refreshed me, opening up a whole new dimension in my thought process.

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Former India U-23 keeper and goalkeeper coach Tanumoy Basu praised the program and stated that it gave coaches an opportunity to review their own training methodologies, allowing them to reflect on and improve their own methods.

We are normally busy at the grounds with our teams, and do not have much time to revisit or rethink the way we train our players. It was a great initiative by AIFF and SAI to conduct this course during the lockdown. It helped us to reflect on our own coaching methodologies, Basu said.

Along with AIFF coaching instructors, lectures were also delivered by the likes of senior men's national team head coach Igor Stimac , AIFF technical director Isac Doru, AIFF head of coach education Savio Madeira Among others.

Zlatko Dalic, Croatia coach at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia also enlightened the participants when he conducted a session from his home in Croatia on 'How to handle star players'.

Minister of State (Independent Office) Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju He also participated in a session with Dalic to encourage the coaches, highlighting the importance of grassroots football.

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