FIFA Academy under FIFA’s Golden Programme
Three centres were identified in India – Sikkim, Bangalore, and Andaman. The centre in Bangalore is expected to be ready within a year, and will accommodate 40 players. The academy, which will come up at the southern wing of the stadium, will run on joint grants from FIFA, AIFF and the state association. Artificial turf costing Rs 3.5 crore will be laid.
40 players for the academy would be selected by talent scouts at tournaments and camps across the country. They will be under-15 players and we will keep them here until the under-19 level. Most of them will spend an average of two years at the academy. Work on the Andaman centre will begin shortly