Promotion of Women Football in the Country
The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel said in the Rajya Sabha today that the Indian women’s national team is currently ranked 54 by FIFA whereas men’s team is ranked 132. In a written reply he said development and promotion of a sport is primarily the responsibility of the concerned National Sports Federation (NSF). Government has recognized All India Football Federation (AIFF) as the NSF for promotion and development of football sport in the country. AIFF has informed that the following steps have been taken by them to promote women football in the country:
(i) The Indian Women’s League (IWL) has been started in 2016-17. 25 teams from various States of the country participated in the League. The IWL is planned to be an annual affair with regular improvements every year.
(ii) Regular grassroots activities involving Girls’ schools, Physical Education female teachers are organized as part of the ‘FIFA Live Your Goals Program’ as well as separately. In coach education, seats for women candidates are reserved in all coach education courses conducted by the AIFF.
(iii) National Football Championships for Sub-Junior, Junior, Senior Women followed by Scouting is organized every year.
(iv) India won both the SAFF Championship 2016 as well as South Asian Games 2015.
For the year 2016-17 a budget of Rs. 7.78 crores and Rs. 17.77 crores has been allocated by AIFF for women’s and men’s football respectively. Indian Women League (IWL) is an event in which city teams, owned by private franchisees participate. Government has no role in the matter. All India Football Federation has informed that to increase the viewership they have taken the following steps:
(i) Live facebook stream has been done for all the matches of the Indian Women’s League 2016-17. The minimum viewership of the live streaming was approximately 32,000 per match while the maximum was 64,000.
(ii) The IWL was launched in presence of all journalists from all major media houses in Delhi, which resulted in significant media coverage of the event. On an ongoing basis as well, regular print media and social media coverage was provided to reach out to the mass audience.
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan to present footballs to all MPs at a function in Parliament Complex
Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan will be presenting footballs to all MPs of both Houses of Parliament at a function near the Gandhi statue at Parliament House on 29 March, 2017. Union Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel stated that this year in October, India will host the FIFA U-17 Football World Cup and in order to promote the culture of football in the country the step has been taken. Shri Goel has urged all MPs to create awareness about games especially football in their respective constituencies that would help in taping talented individuals and take the game across India. In a statement he said, the FIFA U-17 World Cup is being organised in partnership with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and in order to create football culture Mission 11 Million has been initiated that aims to take football to 11 million kids across India through 15000 schools and mass contact programmes. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his Mann Ki Baat on 26th March 2017 had mentioned about the FIFA U-17 World Cup and said that it would bring football to the forefront and encourage youngsters to take up sports. Shri Goel also said, India had a successful BRICS U-17 Football Cup in 2016 and now the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October this year will ensure that the Country becomes the bright spot in world football. He said, his ministry will continue to promote the game across schools and other institutions and help create sports culture in the country.