As players, coaches, administrators and most importantly, fans of Indian football, we have witnessed the rapid rise in engagement and gradual enhancement of publicity, infrastructure, tournaments and initiatives. The emergence of the Indian Super League has brought in a long-sought after swagger vibe about Indian football, courtesy big name foreign signings, stadium atmosphere, quality of television match broadcasting and appearances by glorified celebrities. The Indian national team have also shown improvements in rankings since the Stephen Constantine era and the brilliant growth is being continued by Igor Stimac, the current national team head coach. Independent bodies like the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC), Indian Women's Football Alliance (IWFA), Association of Football Clubs & Academies in India (AFCAI) and Football Players Association of India (FPAI) are operational with the aim being to assist the governing body, the AIFF, in its quest to improve and develop the Indian football ecosystem.
The All India Football Federation are working rigorously to make positive changes in tournaments at grassroots and youth level, coach education, media engagement, and additionally, various state bodies are being proactive in organizing tournaments that will increase the participation of youth players. The results of these activities are gradually becoming tangible.
Three co-founders who are coaches by profession and fans by choice of Indian football, have come up with this initiative called The Indian Football Portal, to bridge the gap between football stakeholders and jobs, news and training tips. They believe the benefits of this project should be reaped by the people of Indian football and they strictly do not want to use it as a platform for self-promotion or glory.
Unemployment is a fatal occurrence in the game, with players finding it difficult to find clubs, coaches facing the hardship of not knowing about new job openings and administrators, media personnel, and others who want to be involved with the backend of teams not knowing about new assignments. TIFP believe that they can contribute to the cause and support existing initiatives by directly influencing careers, by notifying people of the latest trial announcements and job opportunities within the country as well as worldwide, absolutely free of charge, through their social media pages. Job opportunities at the All India Football Federation, Kenkre FC, iPhysio, Boca Juniors Academy and many more as well as trial announcements of Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools, Sudeva FC, Rebels FC Girls Football Academy etc. have been published on the TIFP platforms.
Another objective that the TIFP are working on is to raise interest from fans on Indian football, at a level similar to the intensity at which they support their favourite foreign clubs and leagues. We deliver the latest transfer news, match updates, player and coach statements and other major announcements in order to boost awareness of fans, with the hope that the number of Indian football followers multiply.
Finally, we regularly post about the latest training tips, which players can use to boost their performances. The information includes explaining the importance of training, using the weaker foot, avoiding mistakes, vitality of set pieces and many more topics. We do extensive research through paid international subscriptions and other hard-to-find sources, to deliver proficient information to footballers and staff.
The TIFP have already planned talk shows with reputed international names as their experiences and words of wisdom can be brought to the Indian football fraternity. Interviews have already been lined up with former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon, Fulham's Academy Director Huw Jennings and world renowned author Luca Caioli. Interviews have also been lined up with former Bayern and Germany defender Thomas Berthold, as well as Fleetwood Town manager Simon Grayson. There are many more interviews lined up and those will be released on TIFP's YouTube and Spotify channel.
The co-founders have shown their shown seriousness in their commitment to the cause by investing in a website, android application, quality social media posts, regular blog writing and many more. The portal have planned intend on bringing publicity to Indian faces too, as they are scheduling face-to-face as well as virtual talk sessions with Indian Super League, I-League, Indian Women's League and elite academy players and coaches, which will be made available on the YouTube and Spotify channel.
When asked about how we can sustain this project forever, one of our co-founders said, "we will conduct interactive webinars and e-courses at an absolute minimal three to four digit fee as those amounts are accessible to the majority of football people in India without them having to burn their pockets, or face money as an obstacle in their desire to enhance their learning."
As an organization, we are clear in our intent to run this initiative as a nation-oriented sporting project and that is a huge reason why we have put the word 'Indian' in our name and the Indian flag's tricolour on our logo.
Our Instagram bio says "Uniting Football - Enhancing Careers" and "Uplifting Indian Football", phrases that we are relentlessly dedicated towards achieving. India international winger Sanju Pradhan, former I-League coach and national team player Santosh Kashyap and Real Kashmir midfielder Khalid Qayoom have recognized our page. Reputed women's football coach Maymol Rocky, former India goalkeeper Dinesh Nair, Indian women's team captain Ashalata Devi and former Mohammedan and Aizawl head coach Yan Law have discovered our initiative through social media.
Our co-founder mentions, "we are available to the AIFF and other bodies for any assistance they require with development strategies and initiatives and we will derive massive satisfaction the day our governing body will notice our activities."
The Indian Football Portal can be found on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Spotify channels, in addition to our website and mobile application.
This is for the hopeful, the optimism in you who wants India to be a superpower at the global football stage. It starts small and begins with you!