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Become a Master!

Become a Master!

AIFF D License 16th to 20th March 2015 @ Cooperage Football Stadium, Mumbai

WIFA’s Coach education department announces AIFF D License Course!

Schedule: 16th to 20th March 2015

Timings: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

Form: AIFF-D-License application form


WIFA Fees Rs. 7500

AIFF course fee Rs. 1200 (to be paid by DD in favor of ‘All India Football Federation’)

Form AIFF D License 

The ‘D’ licence course has provided an ideal introduction to football coaching.

The course is open to any person over 18 years of age having football playing experience, a passion for football, an interest in coaching and the motivation to improve skills and understanding.

The course would be conducted by AIFF instructors.


The 5 day non-residential course will comprise of theory and practical elements –


* Role of the coach
* Warm up
* Planning a coaching Session
* Principles of Play
* Age Specific Training
* Coaching Children
* Nutrition For Football
* Injury Prevention & Management
* Hygiene, Sports Safety & Injury Prevention
* Health Care for Footballers
* Emergency first aid
* Children ensuring safety in football

Post Course Performance Analysis

Candidates are required to keep a log-book, recording the development of their individual action plan and details of planning, preparing and evaluating training sessions.

For further queries please write a mail to

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WIFA awarded the Best Grassroots Development Program 2014 by AIFF

WIFA awarded the Best Grassroots Development Program 2014 by AIFF

Western India Football Association’s (WIFA) Maharashtra Grassroots initiatives have been awarded the Best Grassroots program for 2014 by All India Football Federation and FICCI at the Goal 2015 India Football Summit, 3rd International Convention on Football Business.

‘Seeing Mizoram grab the Grassroots Award last year we analysed our program and took account of the changes needed to be made. We drafted a plan to improve the coaches (leaders) in Grassroots’, informed Mr. Souter Vaz Hon. Secretary WIFA.

WIFA conducted four Grassroots program out of which three were fully funded by the state association which enabled WIFA to spread the grassroots leaders in each and every part of the stage.

‘Our partnership with Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has helped us tremendously in our efforts to improve grassroots’, said Mr. Henry Menezes, Chief Executive Officer, WIFA.

WIFA have appointed a State Development Officer (SDO) to work and plan with the District Football Associations (DFA) and organise Grassroots Activities. Response form the DFA has been tremendous ever since.

L to R: Ronak Dalal, Henry Menezes, Anju T and Souter Vaz

L to R: Ronak Dalal, Henry Menezes, Anju T and Souter Vaz

‘We would also like to thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Aurangabad which gave us the opportunity to hold the Grassroots Leaders Courses for all our districts’, said Mr. Henry Menezes, Chief Executive Officer, WIFA.

‘We really took a different approach towards our grassroots, we flooded the state with the coaching courses. WIFA Grassroots is a brand in the state now. It has its own logo which the grassroots leaders, players, parents and clubs in Maharashtra relate to. We have aggressively targeted inclusion of participants coming from various backgrounds of society and cultures,’ said Mr. Ronak Dalal, Head – Marketing and Operations, WIFA.

Future Plans for WIFA Grassroots:

WIFA doesn’t want settle at this, they have intensified their Grassroots Program this year onwards where every district has been given guidelines and minimum requirements to be fulfilled. According to the program every district will nominate a couple of Development officers (DO) who in-turn will report to the State development Officer (SDO). A curriculum has been developed for the grassroots leaders to follow.

Apart from the Grassroots Development training, WIFA is also going to announce their Grassroots Carnival to be held every year for the participants to showcase their talent. This will enable participants to interact with players from all across Maharashtra at various locations and in the Final rounds of the WIFA Grassroots Carnival, Grassroots team from various parts of India will be called for the Final showcase of talent at the Hallowed Cooperage Football Stadium.

Developing a sustainable model is the need of the hour for WIFA which will help increase the participation where community of parents, PT teachers take it forward. According to Henry Menezes, ‘Football has to be treated as business all over India. There are certain concerns that have to be resolved for which we are working on to protect the development centres. A registration system will soon follow along with certification of development centres.’

Highlights of WIFA Grassroots Development Program:

  • Conducted 5 Grassroots Leaders Course (4)
  • 158 Grassroots Leaders spread across 27 Districts
  • Conducted 19 Grassroots Festivals on the AFC Grassroots Day (40 Grassroots Leaders, 3000 participants, 116 Volunteers)
  • Monthly Grassroots Festivals
  • WIFA Grassroots Logo
  • Centralized Registration System for Grassroots

WIFA Grassroots Logo:

  • Inclusion of girls is to be encouraged
  • 6 different colors signifying 6 regions of Maharashtra (Konkan, Desh, Khandesh, Vidharb, Vidharba and Marathwada)

The selection guidelines:

  • Number of Grassroots Leaders in the State
  • Number of Grassroots Leaders course conducted
  • AFC Grassroots Day celebration
  • Festivals Conducted
  • Grassroots Centres in the state

The other winners are as follows:

  • 2014 AIFF Player of the Year: Sunil Chhetri
  • 2014 AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year: Bala Devi
  • 2014 Emerging Player of the Year: Sandesh Jhingan
  • Award for long time contribution to Indian Football: ONGC

GOAL 2015 is the 3rd international conventions focused on the business of football in India. It is organized in association with The All India Football Federation. This initiative is a strategic dialogue platform to bring together senior decision makers and who’s who of Indian and international football industry to deliberate on profitable promotion and grassroots development of the sport in the country. Components of GOAL 2015 are:

  • Conference on Business of Football
  • Exhibition
  • Networking Dinner and Lunch
  • India Football Awards
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Mumbai DFA WINS Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship Women’s Open – Jalgaon 2015

Mumbai DFA WINS Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship Women’s Open – Jalgaon 2015

Unprecedented enthusiasm, packed stadiums, top-quality football and a successful defending champion: The Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship in Jalgaon took the feminine side of the world’s most popular sport to a whole new level and will remain forever in the memory.

After a pompous and skookum opening ceremony which had folk dance, skit on women empowerment, all the teams were enthralled to a rapturous welcome by the crowd.

The tournament’s opening match was played between the home team, Jalgaon and Gondia in which Gondia edged the home team by a solitary goal to win the match 1-0. This was followed by a thrashing of Dhule by Pune. Pune looked dominant from the very start and took control of the game by bamboozling Dhule by 7 goals and not letting them have any control in the game.

The fans and supporters were in for a goal fest as Nagpur rolled over Jalna and scored 8 goals to no reply. The last match of the day was played between Thane and Osmanabad where Thane showed their might and took Osmanabad by the scruff to win 4-1.
Mumbai went into the quarter final brimming with confidence as they sought to become the competition’s most successful team outright. They lived up to their billing and they ran out comfortable winners against a lethargic Satara team winning the match by 4 goals to 1.

In the other quarter final Nagpur beat Amravati 3-0 and Pune won by 5 goals against Thane to book their place in the Semi-finals along with Mumbai.

The fans were in for a fantastic display of football when Gondia took on Kolhapur for the last place in the semi-finals. Gondia again showed their resilience and fighting spirit to win the match 1-0 and send Kolhapur crashing out of the competition.

The defending champions took on Pune in a classic fight for the bragging rights to come out on top and win the match 2-0. Mumbai dominated the match right from the off to stamp their authority on the competition portraying a refreshing brand of attacking football and were met with critical acclaim for their sumptuous technique and creative build-up play.

Gondia, a team full of surprises continued their winning run in the competition when they scored the opening goal and sloppy play with a lapse in concentration allowed Nagpur to get into the game to force it into penalties. Ultimately Gondia held their nerve in the shoot-out to claim the win and storm into the finals.

The Final was set up between The Defending Champions v/s The Dark Horses. Mumbai true to their title credentials took the lead in the 1st half and killed off the game to win the match by a solitary goal. This has now set a benchmark for the other teams as Mumbai remains the #1 team in Maharashtra.

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Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship: Women’s Open : Jalgaon 2015

Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship: Women’s Open : Jalgaon 2015

The Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship (Women) Open will be held in Jalgaon and will commence from 6th of February, 2015. We have a total of 16 teams participating in this tournament and more than 300+ participants who have been chosen from various football clubs in their respective district associations will be involved. Western India Football Association will be scouting for the State Team to play in the national tournaments. The recently concluded Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship (Men) Open held in Hingoli had a total of 28 teams participating. The participating teams are Satara, Nanded, Hingoli, Mumbai, Pune, Dhule, Osmanabad, Thane, Jalgaon, Gondia, Kolhapur, Bhandara, Wardha, Amravati, Jalna, and Nagpur. The finals will be held at 3:00 pm on 10th of February, 2015.

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Kolhapur crowned CHAMPIONS of the Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship.

Kolhapur crowned CHAMPIONS of the Maharashtra Inter District Football Championship.

A fitting finale to two amazing footballing districts, Kolhapur and Nagpur. Both the teams started out strongly in the tournament and gave the spectators a finale for them to remember for years to come.

Nagpur was placed in Group A with Pune, Ahmednagar and Gondia. The very first match for Nagpur was like a litmus test to gauge how much they needed to improve if they wanted to go all the way. They scraped their way through against Gondia and won the match 2-1. And from there on in Nagpur went from strength to strength and thrashed Ahmednagar 5-0. It was as if they had found their rhythm and their confidence was soaring high. The last match in the group was to be played between Pune and Nagpur for the top spot. Nagpur muscled their way through to win the match 3-1 and stamp their authority on Group A as Winners.

Kolhapur was placed in Group B with Mumbai, Jalgaon and Dhule. They knew they will have to play each and every match as a final if they are to qualify for the semi-finals. They did exactly that. They breezed past Dhule to win their 1st match 4-0 and then asserted their control on Group B by hammering Jalgaon 4-2. It all came down to the final match against Mumbai as it was crucial for Mumbai to win the match and qualify for the Semi-finals. Kolhapur thumped Mumbai 2-1 in that match showing just how good they are and fired a warning across to all the teams for the TITLE.

Nagpur was squared against Dhule for the Semi-finals in which they were made to toil against a resilient Dhule Team to win the match 2-1. Kolhapur was drawn against Pune who were eager to avenge their loss against Nagpur and set up a dramatic finale against them. But Kolhapur had other ideas and ran rampant against a hapless Pune to win the match 3-1.

This set up a mouth-watering finale between 2 teams that performed exceptionally well and deserved to be in the finals. It was always going to a tight affair between both teams and it indeed end up that way as the Final was decided on penalties after both teams finished with one goal apiece at the end of full time.

Kolhapur held their nerves to win 7-6 on penalties and lift the Cup.

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