Indian state FA prepares to train 5,000 certified coaches in next three years

The Western India Football Association, in its centenary year, has embarked on a program of qualifying 5,000 AIFF (All India Football Federation) certified coaches in the next three years.

"There are currently 30 districts affiliated to WIFA, with more than 2000 clubs, 1500 school teams and around 500 college teams playing the sport," SportzPower reported. However, there are currently only 55 qualified AFC coaches in the state.

The program, a brainchild of WIFA CEO Henry Menezes and will be conducted by AIFF director of coaching Gabriel Joseph.. “The pilot project will first create a pool of instructors from the available AFC ‘A’ and ‘B’ license holders in the state. Thereon these successful instructors would be eligible to train coaches under them,” said Joseph.