It seems like Indian football is now going to have some great at the world class level. Recently football fans witness of a classical Indian Super League tournament and now All India Football Federation is looking to boost the sport in country. AIFF president Praful Patel says that we are bidding for upcoming Club world cup.
Mr. Patel said, “Over a period of time the game would, qualitatively and quantitatively develop for sure. We are also bidding for the Club World Cup which would also be a significant step.”
“We have moved some significant steps forward but we have a long way to go. Indian football is certainly poised to take that big leap. In the last couple of years we have seen a distinct change in focus and every aspect of the game is being addressed holistically and scientifically on the lines of practices prevalent all over the world,” he added.
Patel also said, “We work very closely with FIFA and AFC. Whenever I attend FIFA and AFC Congress, I gauge the interest and patience of all for football to further shine in India. Everyone expects and wants Indian football to come up to world standards. It’s a challenge for us and we need to do justice to every state and region for the game to gain further momentum.”
“For that we are making ourselves technically sound and building up the game at the grassroots at the same time. It’s the combination of both which would help us in the long term. However, the situation can’t change overnight.”
“The ISL has been a major step in the development of the game. This has brought the necessary viewers to the game and the infrastructure to the game. All of that would benefit the I-League no doubt. The ISL surely have a rub on effect on Indian Players. There would be many more iconic Indian players soon.”