Good news for Indian women’s football players as All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) is looking to start women’s football league just like Men’s Indian Super League in the country. Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) will help AIFF to launch this football league for women next year.
AIFF’s General Secretary Kushal Das said, “We are planning to start a franchise-based women’s football league in mid-2015 with the help of FIFA.”
Bengaluru FC and Pune FC from I-League have already shown interest to start such kind of tournament for women to improve the global status of our country. Das said, “Two I-league clubs namely Bengaluru FC and Pune FC have shown interests in the development and we hope to incorporate other clubs also.”
Other I-League club members Shillong Lajong FC, Bharat FC and Wayanad Football Club are also interested to incorporate in women’s football league as per an AIFF source said. By launching women’s football league in India, it will help people to understand that woman can also play games just like man. Fifa is now encouraging countries to grow-up women for the games, especially football as still there as some nations where people believes that only men can play football.
FIFA executive member Moya Dodd said, “Football is one powerful tool to say to the women that they can participate in the game like their brothers. FIFA is creating a base for the female coaches by providing them training and coaching licenses thus forming a pool of women officials.”
The three-day seminar includes around 100 participants from 11 South Asian nations including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They discussed the long-term plan, structure and format for developing women’s football in the region.
Dodd, along with FIFA Instructors Heike Ullrich (Germany), Hesterine de Reus (Netherlands), Monika Staab (Germany) and Amanda Vandervort (USA) assembled to discuss the best practices in development, marketing and communications and shared case studies from across the world.
Indian Women’s Football team is at 53rd position in current FIFA rankings among 133 countries.
Meanwhile Das, in his presentation ‘Strategy and Key Priorities 2015-2018’, laid out plans for developing women’s football in the next four years according to the AIFF Strategic Plan 2014-17.
From building respect for women and creating social awareness, to aiming to see the girls in Blue rise till 40th in FIFA rankings and eighth in Asia, Das elaborated on the roadmap ahead and how it can be achieved with the help of all stakeholders.
“Among the 13 strategic goals in the Strategic Plan, Women’s Football is right up there. By 2017 we aim to be among the top 8 in Asia which is realistically very much possible.”