By Arka Dyuti Palit
AIFF Media Team
NOIDA: FIFA Technical Director, Steven Martens delivered the opening keynote address today (October 11) at the SAI-AIFF International Football Coaching Conference being held inside the Amity University campus in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. He believed that the current FIFA U-17 Indian World Cup side is ‘the best prepared Indian team of all time’ and it is certainly ‘a good team but can be outstanding’ with further development of the players through exposure and competition.
He said how planning and executing ‘long term goals and not short term ones’ should be the roadmap of football, not just in India but in any country which aims to be among the top echelons of the sport.
His address focussed on how quality and not quantity should be the goal in order to build a strong footballing culture in the country. He stated that the performance of the national team or its ranking is not the only parameter of improvement.
“Not just the national team or its ranking. A country can improve through how many referees are officiating in continental competitions, club participation in continental championships and also through playing more competitive games”.
Martens also emphasised on the importance of player pathway, building a national footballing philosophy, long term planning and quality assurance through creating benchmarks during the course of his speech.
Posted on : Wednesday October 11, 2017