Get breaking news alerts from myKhel

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Settings X

Baby Leagues will bring in competitiveness in kids: AIFF Technical Director Savio Medeira

By Chitrangada
AIFF Technical Director Savio Medeira

New Delhi, February 13: A sustainable ecosystem of football depends heavily on the grassroots. With the All India Football Federation already running the U-13 and U-15 I-League, the introduction of the Baby Leagues revolutionise grassroot football in an exponential manner, leading young talent to come up the ranks in a competitive environment.

In an exclusive interview, All India Football Federation's Technical Director Savio Medeira discusses at length the need for Baby Leagues, it affects on Indian Football, the advantages and a lot more.


How will baby leagues affect Indian football?

Although a lot of grassroots football is happening in many states, there is no proper competition games for children, with the exception of a few festivals, which does not help kids to grow in a competitive atmosphere. Starting of the Baby Leagues will bring in competitiveness in the kids and engage them in the sport for a longer period of time eventually leading to a sustained culture to set in.

What are the advantages of baby leagues?

Matches will be played every weekend which will develop players with better decision making abilities, since they will be playing many competitive games. It will also help coaches to get better with every match.

Playing 2v2 to 5v5 will allow the kids to touch the ball more in a competitive atmosphere. Further, the results are cumulative and not on winning one game to collect points, hence team bonding and team spirit will naturally get stronger.

How do Baby Leagues help in grassroot development ?

Baby Leagues will concentrate only on 5 to 12 years old category. Added advantage is along with the festivals which were done earlier under the grassroots program, they will be transferred into more matches in a competitive atmosphere.

What is the future of Baby Leagues in India?

At the moment, only 3 states have started the baby leagues in India. If it has to develop and have a future, it has to have total involvement of all stakeholders to make it wide-spread across the country. We at AIFF are hoping that all states will embrace this initiative with a positive mind for the development of Indian Football, and strive to make it successful.

Source: AIFF Media release

For Quick Alerts
For Daily Alerts

    Story first published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 13:46 [IST]
    Other articles published on Feb 13, 2018
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Mykhel website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more