The entire Football Federation of India makes popular pressure

NEW DELHI: Indian football It has often been associated with sporadic performances internationally. Win against teams of the subcontinent and SAFF nations, but nothing to show against the best teams in the world. Currently, the men's national team is not among the top 100 (currently 103) in the FIFA ranking, while women are ranked 57. Therefore, participating in the FIFA World Cup seems to be a Far future.

Indian football ’s basic problem has been its top-down model wherein the funds are pumped in for the national team or in leagues like the I-League and Indian Super League (ISL). Top footballing nations – especially in Europe – have a bottom-up approach as they earmark a substantial portion of their funds to strengthen their grassroots structure.

The All India Football Federation ( AIFF ) has decided to strengthen its basic structure with the introduction of Baby Leagues in the country. Baby Leagues are organized into seven age groups: under 6, under 7, under 8, under 9, under 10, under 11, and under 12.

According to figures provided by AIFF, the number of children who participated in various Baby Leagues throughout the country reached 43.575 this year. More than five thousand teams registered under the initiative and more than 20,000 matches were played.

The Baby Leagues have been a great success in Kashmir, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, as well as football states such as Bengal, Goa, Maharashtra, Punjab and Kerala.

Indian football ’s newly-appointed technical director Doru Isac He has renamed the initiative as Golden Baby Leagues. “Youth and age group soccer in India has been perpetually stuck in the planning stage and my job is to achieve a structured youth system at the grassroots in place. The absence of a structured youth system means that quality players do not identify themselves before the age of 13, almost 10 years behind the standard in world football, Isac told TOI.

“A left side or a right side or an end must know its role from the early stages and there must be consistency. No one should play randomly in a position just for fun. A player who is 10 years old and is playing as a retention midfielder must develop as a retention midfielder when he grows up to 18. He should not be playing as a striker in one match or defender in another. additional.

The AIFF is going to give subsidies to Baby League operators from the $ 2.50,000 fund sanctioned by FIFA under its Forward Program.

“Players like Baichung (Bhutia), players like Sunil (Chhetri) became top players more by accident than by design. They were lucky to be seen. It is our responsibility, our duty to give young players that platform to play competitively with the best teams, said I-League CEO Sunando Dhar.

Under the Baby Leagues, for U-6 children, it is a three-game match divided into four quarters of six minutes each with a two-minute break in between. For children U-7 and U-8, it can be 4 vs. 4 or 5 vs. 5 in two halves of 12 minutes each with a four-minute break in between. The number of players on each side can rise to 11 in U-11 and U-12 and they play in two halves of 25 minutes each with an eight-minute break in between.

The Baby Leagues are registered through an app run by the AIFF.

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