Indo-French joint initiative to develop football in India
Cooperation between French football club FC Metz and All India Football Federation to select and train players from AIFF academies.
New Delhi, 20 April 2016
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and French football club FC Metz jointly launched an initiative to develop football in India, which is one of the fastest growing sports here. This builds on the French academy’s hosting and training young Indian players since 2012, facilitated by Mr Eric Benny, former footballer and former manager of India’s national team.
India has a rich history in football: it won a gold medal at the Asian games in 1951 and 1962 and was the runner-up in the 1964 Asian games. She is also home to the third oldest football tournament in the world, the Durand Cup.
This new initiative will have a significant impact on promoting football in India and help Indian aspirants reach international standards by providing the most gifted players opportunities to be part of the national team set-up.
To present the new cooperation between the All India Football Federation and FC Metz, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, and Mr Praful Patel, President - AIFF, held a press conference on Wednesday, 20th April 2016 at the Residence of France.
Mr Kushal Das, General Secretary - AIFF, Mr Denis Scheaffer, Director - FC Metz, and Mr Eric Benny were present to introduce the initiative.