Alex Phillips, who is UEFA’s Head of Stakeholder Affairs for AFC, believes that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to promote the Under-17 World Cup in India later this year.
“The different stakeholders of Indian football are making specific efforts to leave behind maximum legacy in different areas from the hosting of India’s first ever FIFA event,” he said.
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“Matches will be staged in six Indian states, and grassroots participation from these areas is involved in the lead up to the tournament. The All India Football Federation is doing its best to ensure knowledge and ideas from the event are preserved and used in the future for the betterment of Indian football,” he told the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s official website.
Phillips opined that there is a growing need in Asia for educational centres such as Qatar’s Jasoor Institute in order to have the best possible human resource in the continent for sporting events.
“Asia is a huge continent and home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s population. There cannot be one solution towards professionalising the whole of the continent. It is a sum total of many regions and countries having their own distinct business models,” he opined.