AIFF-WIFA to train 5,000 coaches
By bbsbuzz - Wed Jul 13, 7:45 am
MUMBAI: In its centenary year, the Western India Football Association (WIFA), the governing body for the game in Maharashtra, has embarked on an ambitious programme of producing 5,000 coaches certified by the All India Football Federation over the next three years. They, in turn, would train footballers at the grassroot level all over Maharashtra, a release from WIFA said.
There are currently 30 districts affiliated to WIFA, with more than 2000 clubs, 1500 school teams and around 500 college teams playing the sport. But there are only 55 qualified AFC (Asian Football Confederation ) coaches. The programme has been launched to bridge the huge disparity between the qualified coaches available and the football teams and players.