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AIFF to conduct trial sessions for boys and girls in Dubai

Boys during a training session. (Photo courtesy: AIFF Media)
Boys during a training session. Photo courtesy: AIFF Media

In an effort to discover more Indian overseas talents, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) will conduct a couple of trial sessions in Dubai from June 18-21, 2019. Players possessing a valid Indian passport are entitled to take part in the trials which will be conducted at the Gems Modern Academy, Nad Al Sheba in Dubai, UAE.

The trials will be conducted for boys born between 01.01.2004 to 31.12.2006, and for girls born between 01.01.2002 to 31.12.2005.

The reporting schedule for the groups stay as follows:

Session 1: June 18: Boys born between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2005 – 17.30 hrs.

Session 2: June 19: Boys born in 2006, & Girls – 17.30 hrs.

Abhishek Yadav, Former India National Team captain and Director, National Teams, along with Maymol Rocky, Head Coach, Indian Senior Women’s National Team will be present during the trials.

Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF thanked Shri Navdeep Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE for taking a personal interest, and inviting the AIFF to conduct the trials.

“The trails for girls in the stipulated age-bracket for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 is a significant aspect which makes these trials stand out. It is a grand opportunity for Indian girls in UAE to get invited into the World Cup team,” Mr. Das said.

Mr. Yadav informed that “some Indian academies in UAE are doing a great work at the YDP level, and it will be nice to have a look at the talent on display.”

“We have spotted encouraging talents in our past two trials in Dubai, and several players have attended India National Team camps. Some Indian clubs also have shown interest in these players. Indian players in the UAE have attributes that can be further sharpened in National team camps. It is also an indication that Indian academies in the UAE are doing some good work with the youth level,” he stated.

“In the next 18 months, National Teams across all categories will undergo various important international campaigns apart from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020. The door for the National Team is always open for a deserving player,” he added.

The registration form can be downloaded at

(AIFF Media)