• Sat. Jun 25th, 2022

Announcement of 10 Futsal Academies across West Bengal

To develop football from grassroots level. The Indian Football Association (IFA ) on Wednesday, April 6 announced the creation of 10 futsal academies across West Bengal .All initiative was taken by the entire team of IFA led by Joydeep Mukherjee.

10 Centres : Ramp No. 17, VYBK Stadium-Salt Lake, Howrah, New Alipore, Chinar ParkRajarhat , Garia, Minto Park, Baisakhi -Salt Lake, Topsia, Dum Dum, Action Area 3- New Town.

Joydeep Mukherjee, Secretary, Indian Football Association (WB) has been taking dynamic steps since 2019 to refine the exclusive concept of “Bengal Football”.

According to him, “We are serious about promoting Futsal in Bengal in a professional dimension.

Sr. Vice President of AIFF, Subrata Dutta said “Futsal has not been given its due importance by AIFF and all the State Associations. IFA has taken a commendable development project of Futsal Academies and I am sure Bengal will be the best Futsal playing state in coming years. ”

AIFF CEO -League & Development ,  Sunando Dhar expressed “ Pro India has been promoting futsal in grassroots and underprivileged. Joydeep’s vision and Aparup’s dedication will take IFA Futsal to the next level”.

Rajdeep Nandi, IFA futsal Committee Chairman, who himself is a coach, is very hopeful of this upcoming academies.

Miguel Andres, 5-times UEFA Futsal Championship winner & FC Barcelona Futsal Coach is appointed as the Chief Mentor of IFA Futsal Academy.

“My friend Aparup is absolutely passionate about developing Futsal in India. I am always ready to support All India Football Federation or state association like IFA. Bengal has multifarious talents and IFA Futsal Academy is one of the remarkable platforms to start to develop and Football as well”.

Luis Estrela, Senior Women Coach, SL Benfica, Portugal , “Portugal is the current FIFA Futsal World Champion and SL BENFICA Methodology is amongst the best in the world. 

I would help IFA in organizing Futsal Academies .Initially we will have online classes but in future I may visit the academies. ”

“IFA Futsal Academy includes professional Futsal Analytics step out and hand over these data for scouting ‘Raw Talent’ to Academy Scout Head  and Former Indian Football icon Prasanta Banerjee,Technical Director Ranjan Bhattacharya, Head Coach of Bengal Men’s Football Team & his associate coaches. This will complete the cycle of transformation from Futsal to Football.” Aparup Chakraborty told to the media. 

IFA Futsal Academy will have 2 pathways for the kids: FUTSAL & FOOTBALL. Talented players will be scouted by AIFF to be in the Probable “Indian Futsal National Team”.

Head of IFA Futsal Development , Aparup Chakraborty regretted, “ I was the member of IFA Futsal Committee in 2014. Unfortunately there was no one to hear my Futsal Projects. But since 2019 Joydeep Mukherjee, Secretary of IFA has changed the dimension of Football in Bengal. He called me back to IFA , given responsibility to promote Futsal in Bengal. 

I haven’t seen more dynamic Administrator than him. Today IFA has taken such an excellent initiative because of Mr. Mukherjee.

IFA Futsal Academy will ultimately help in developing more Futsal Players so that we can have our best team to participate in National Level Competitions as well as domestic leagues. .Aparup Chakraborty added.

Team IFA hopes to take Futsal to the next level.

Pratyusha Mukherjee

BBC Broadcast Journalist based in Kolkata.

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