The Indian Football Association (AIFF) recently organized the ‘Futsal for All’ initiative, featuring fun activities, games and small-scale workshops, to increase participation and awareness of the sport across the country.
Spread across several Indian states, no less than 3,415 participants, along with 314 volunteers had the opportunity to play in 5-on-5 matches as well as join other futsal promotion initiatives, AIFF informed on Thursday.
The “Futsal for All” initiative aims to maximize inclusivity by organizing matches and activities for children, young adults, seniors and people with disabilities.
Participants, who registered for the event, received attractive gifts such as futsal balls, personalized futsal bibs, branded equipment as well as certificates of recognition, which were also presented to volunteers, organizers and various stakeholders, according to a report on the AIFF. website.
The AIFF tries to improve the basics of futsal and systematically organizes activities to encourage more people to take an interest in the sport.
These activities range from introducing the AFC Futsal Coaching Education Courses to organizing online and physical workshops for futsal referees and launching a futsal club championship for the men’s category. senior. Futsal has also been included in the AIFF’s Golden Baby League programme, a player development initiative for children in the U-6 to U-12 categories.
AIFF President and former national team player Kalyan Chaubey said: “Futsal is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and we want to step up our efforts to spread its popularity rapidly by India in the near future. We look forward to continued support from FIFA, AFC and SAFF for the development of the game.”
Echoing his sentiments, AIFF General Secretary Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran added, “We are very happy to share the success story of Futsal for All. We are serious about the development of futsal in India and will announce soon our plans to develop the futsal landscape of our country.”
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