I-League clubs turn blind eye to AIFF coaching seminar

Updated: 11 July 2012 17:06 IST

Most of the I-League clubs seemed to have turned a blind eye to a coaching seminar, to be conducted by the All Indian Football Federation in the presence of national coach Wim Koevermans and AIFF technical director Rob Baan.

I-League clubs turn blind eye to AIFF coaching seminar

New Delhi:

Most of the I-League clubs seemed to have turned a blind eye to a coaching seminar, to be conducted by the All Indian Football Federation in the presence of national coach Wim Koevermans and AIFF technical director Rob Baan.

"We have sent invitations to all the clubs but baring Dempo, United Sikkim and Salgaocar, none of them seem to be too interested to attend the seminar. They have not sent their consent yet," an AIFF official told PTI ahead of the five-day seminar, to be held in Navi Mumbai from July 16 to 20.

The aim of the seminar is to have synchronisation of the 4-3-3 system among all age groups, modern coaching techniques, feeder line and supply line lectures.

Besides Koevermans and Bann, technical director, regional and elite academies Scott O'Donell, and head coach youth development, Colm Joseph Toal will be addressing the seminar.

The opening day will have former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia as guest speaker. Besides, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das will speak on Long Term Future of Indian football.

"We have invited around 70 coaches for the seminar including the coaches from all I-League Clubs and all AIFF contracted coaches," Das said.

"The seminar gives us the opportunity to exchange knowledge and discuss our new vision for the future development of Indian football," said Baan.

Baan, Koevermans and O'Donell would be imparting practical session classes to the participants. The theoretical sessions would be held at Royal Orchid Hotel while the practical sessions would be conducted at the Father Agnel School Ground where AIFF's first regional academy is based.

"It's the first major coaching clinic organised by AIFF's technical team. It will showcase the new philosophy which is being implemented in Indian football in terms of coach education, style of play and talent development," Das said.

There would also be separate sessions conducted by Dr. Manabendra Bhattacharya on Medical Care and Treatment of Youth Players (including age verification) and one by Pradip Dutta on Physical Preparation of Young Players.

Topics : Football
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