All India Football Federation’s Elite Academy in Goa became operational on February 1, 2013 and is based at the AIFF Training Centre in Fatorda Goa.
The AIFF Training Centre was established on January 1, 2008 is well known for harbouring players for National Camps in various age-groups. The Centre has produced various players under the guidance of AIFF’s Youth Development Chief Coach Mr. Colm Toal.
The Centre has now been converted into the AIFF Elite Academy under the Youth Development Project that hosts and harbours players that fall in the U-19 age group.
The concept of the Elite Academy roots from the process of selelcting the ‘crème de la crème’, the best players graduating from the AIFF Regional Academies based in various parts of the country for their final development phase.
The best players from each of these Regional Academies are then selected to undergo Elite training for a period of two years that’d prepare them for professional football for Clubs all across.
The Training Centre facilities are also shared by the staff and players of AIFF Regional Academy based in Goa.
The Academy can accommodate a maximum of 30 players. The total number of Officials employed at the Academy are eight, and that include:
Senior Assistant Coach
Training and matches are scheduled and held at the Chowgule Sports Centre, both in the morning and evening. The Centre has the provision for an Artificial Turf with floodlights. The Swimming facility is located at the Sport Authority of Goa (SAG) complex which is a 10 minutes walking distance from the Centre which is also utilised by the AIFF Regional Academy boys at Goa.
Although football training remains the priority, Academics are also given its due importance.
Emphasis is laid not only on education but also on their personality development. A qualified teacher has been hired to educate the boys, morally and academically. The study schedule is set for 5 days a week according to the school/college syllabus and special English classes are organized for developing their communication skills.
Academy players along with the staff get three major meals along with snacks. Great care is taken as far as the players and staff diets are concerned. The AIFF doctor along with the physiotherapist is involved in preparing a diet chart for the players according to which the weekly menu is decided.
There is a medical team that takes full initiative of the players’ health and physical well-being at the Academy. The Training Center is equipped with medical facilities like IFT & Ultra-sonic Machine.
A tie-up with a local hospital has been made for emergency and urgent medical situations. A special rehabilitation program is also designed by the medical staff for injured players.
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