With the rising popularity of soccer in the country and FIFA all ready to be introduced very soon in India, the secretary general Jerome Valcke has given India the guidelines to be followed so to be fully prepared.
The Under-17 World Cup is to be hosted by the nation and it has be made sure that all protocol and rules are met and followed, not just during the time but starting now. He issued the guidelines on Friday and there’s work to be done!
From high world-class stadium facilities, to transportation, housing, security etc, all have to met and impressed to. The slightest of ease and one of the biggest, more prestigious events could be missed out. FIFA has made it clear that a contract signed does not indicate assurance until all the prerequisites have been met with. In specifics, there are six such stadiums that are required to be built and all meeting international standards.
Valcke said: “The U-17 World Cup has to be done under a certain criteria. India will not receive the World Cup if the pre-requisites are not met.”
There have been talks with the sports minister Ajay Maken and they have been positive and fruitful as up till now. He has assured that all the requirements will be met and taken care of so that the commencement of such a prominent event can take place.
Valcke also added that this will be the beginning of a long bond that India will share with FIFA. Not only this, but the many aspiring young players in the country will finally have a platform to showcase their talent as well as be nurtured with proper facilities.
There however is much ground to cover. From infrastructure, to facilities, there are many aspects to be taken care of and it has to all start from the roots.
“I-League as it is today is not perfect. It should be more representative encompassing all the regions. For that to happen, the All India Football Federation (AIFF), IMG and Reliance will have to work together.”
The confidence from their side comes with promise. Chelsea CEO, Ron Gourlay said that this is not just about a game or a training camp for a couple weeks. This is a long term commitment and dedication which will cultivate so much young talent in the country.
And it couldn’t be more true.