All India Football Federation president Praful Patel joined all National Team coaches via a video conference to understand the sustainability of development of various age groups during the lockdown phase, and also their well-being
Sunil Chhetri, the second-highest goal-scorer in international football after Cristiano Ronaldo, said he has to work hard to maintain his fitness levels even though national coach Igor Stimac has described him as "having the body of a 29-year old"
Sandesh Jhingan limped off in the second half during India's friendly match against ISL outfit NorthEast United and will miss action for some six months, including the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh, thanks to an anterior cruciate ligament tear on his left knee
Launched in September last year, Baby Leagues have been a hit in the Kashmir Valley, Mizoram, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. States like Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Punjab are also catching up with the trend
Recent reports stated that FIFA asked I-League clubs (though a letter) to co-operate with AIFF for a solution in the ongoing chaos in Indian football. But now Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj has revealed that the letter is unofficial and is written by someone who hasn't consulted the other members of world football's apex body
FIFA's acting deputy secretary-general Mattias Grafstrom has requested I-League clubs in a letter to Minerva Punjab to co-operate with AIFF to find a solution. FIFA also added that the joint FIFA-AFC report in 2018 was a recommendation and not an order.
The international football federation (FIFA) had advised the All India Football Federation to unify the I-League and the Indian Super League. The AIFF, under pressure from its commercial partners, has so far failed to find a sustainable roadmap.
More than a dozen footballers in India's Olympic teams of the Fifties came from Hyderabad. The city now has a team in the ISL but yesteryear superstars like Rahim Sahab, Balaram, Habib and Nayeemuddin are completely forgotten
The All India Football Federation is being virtually run by its commercial partners, Reliance. The plan to make Indian Super League the Number 1 National tournament will hurt clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.