The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday announced the organisation of three scouting camps under its director Abhishek Yadav in its quest to unearth talent ahead of the U-17 football World Cup, to be hosted by India next year.
The AIFF has asked all the 55 clubs playing in the ongoing U-16 Youth League to nominate three players for camps where they would be further scrutinised for the present U-17 National Team.
Yadav, also the Chief Operating Officer of the U-17 World Cup, believes these three scouting programmes will help to find more talent who might eventually represent India.
“It gives us an opportunity to see the three best Players of respective Teams playing in the League,” he said, as per www.the-aiff.com.
“With the advent of the U-15 Youth League, we tapped on to more talents last year. Now this scouting programme will definitely churn out more talents ahead of the World Cup, which is less than 12 months away from now.” he said.
I-League CEO Sunando Dhar also sounded optimistic about the forthcoming scouting programme.
“We have already seen a jump in the numbers in participating teams this season. It rightly indicates the positivity amongst the clubs and academies towards grassroots development. Now this scouting programme will further aid our U-17 World Cup campaign,” he said.
Yadav said they will have a rigorous camp to unearth the best available talent.
“After having a look at the players we will zero down on the possible talent and if a particular player fits in, it will be a bonus.”