With less than a year left for India to host its first ever FIFA World Cup — the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the All India Football Federation is organizing three scouting camps to find out more talented Players ahead of the ensuing FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, under the Director of AIFF, Abhishek Yadav.
And the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is leaving no stone unturned to bolster the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad as vigorous scouting for talented Players goes underway.
According to the AIFF Director of Scouting Abhishek Yadav, this is a step in the right direction and also admitted that they will no stone unturned to select the best for the Indian U-17 national team
As Abhiskek said,
“We have scouted vigorously in the past and will continue scouting for talent across the Nation to bolster the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad,”
“India is a huge country and Footballing talent present in the Nation has tremendously increased over the last couple of years. Through scouting we aim to identify the talented Players and if found wanting, integrate them into the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad.”
“We will continue scouting till the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India and leave no stone unturned in our quest to select the best for the National Team,” he added.
All India Football Federation has asked all the 55 Clubs playing in the ongoing U-16 Youth League to nominate three players from their respective clubs and the nominated Players from the Clubs and Academies will ply their trade in front of the AIFF scouts.
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Some of current Indian U-17 players like Aman Chetri, Aniket Jadhav, Saurabh Meher, Shubham Sarangi and Narendar, all of whom were discovered through the scouting network.
The Chief Operating Officer of the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad Abhishek Yadav also stated the reason for upgrading the U-15 Youth League to the U-16 Youth League,
“The reason we upgraded the U-15 Youth League to the U-16 Youth League was the backdrop of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India. It gives us an opportunity to see the three best Players of respective Teams playing in the League.”
“After seeing the Players we will zero down on the possible talent and if a particular Players fits what we are looking for. The scouting in the U-16 Youth League will further extend our horizons of talent identification,”
“It has to be collective effort from all stakeholders involved when it comes to the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad. The Clubs play a major role in aiding us to identify talent.” Yadav concluded.