AIFF partners up with the Netherlands Football Federation to develop Indian football
What's the story?
All India Football Federation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Netherlands Football Federation in order to develop key aspects of Indian football. AIFF President Praful Patel announced this news via his official Twitter handle.
In case you didn't know...
The AIFF is the governing body for football in India. Established in 1937, AIFF received FIFA affiliation in 1948, just a year after India's independence. Apart from FIFA, AIFF is also part of two other football associations- AFC and SAFF.
AFC or Asian Football Confederation looks over footballing matters concerning Asia while SAFF looks over all the football related matters of South Asia.
The heart of the matter
AIFF President Praful Patel announced via Twitter the signing of MoU with the Netherlands FA.
The Memorandum of Understanding has huge consequences for Indian football as it will now be given a helping hand by the Netherlands FA. The MoU will also have a positive effect on the youth development programme, Women’s Football and Coach Education in India, Patel announced.
The MoU between the two parties was signed during the 68th FIFA Congress, which was held at Moscow's Expocentre.
Even though MoU's are not legally binding, they hold a certain level of seriousness. The Memorandum of Understanding between Indian and the Netherlands can have a long-lasting effect on Indian football.
Indian football will receive help from the Netherlands FA to help develop key areas such as youth development and women's football. In footballing terms, the Netherlands is known for scouting and developing young talent. Some key factors and tips from them could set up the future of Indian football nicely.
Moreover, women's football is slowly growing and some key pointers on that aspect will definitely help India in the long run.
Recently, India has been taking huge strides in the footballing arena and this MoU is another sign that Indian football is changing for the better.
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