The All India Football Federation (AIFF) organized Player Compensation and Solidarity Workshop kicked-off today (November 9, 2017) at the AIFF headquarters in the Capital. The two-days seminar will be attended by Clubs of Hero Indian Super League, Hero I-League, Second Division league and AIFF accredited Academies.
The Workshop aims to introduce and implement the programme of player compensation in the youth development structure of Indian football and is being conducted in association with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) who were represented by Darren Bailey, Leading Consultant and Expert on Training Compensation and Yogesh Desai, Development Officer, AFC.
“The workshop and programme aims to incentivise more Clubs, Academies and stakeholders to get involved in the identification of talent, coaching the talent and providing opportunities, so that if the club makes those investments it is rewarded with a fair compensation,” Bailey.
“The whole playing base would benefit as there will be more playing opportunities for players and most important thing for India is to expand the playing base and through this process we will be creating a robust youth structure.”
“Player compensation is one element of the youth structure but it is a very important element as it provides a very genuine compensation for encouraging people to get involved in the game. The actual idea is to reward players and clubs who are associated with the process of developing talent,” he added.
The two-day programme which is slated to conclude tomorrow (December 10, 2017) includes interactive sessions with Clubs and Academies including exchange of ideas in creating a robust Player Compensation and Solidarity system.
“In the long term this will provide a stable framework for the youth structure of Indian football and it will encourage more clubs to come in, upsurging the amount of players and expanding the player base of Indian football,” stated Bailey. “It will also provide compensation for the players to the clubs who are willing to invest in developing talent.”