FIFA in association with the All India Football Federation has agreed to set up a football academy in Mizoram to develop and improve the standard of football at the grass root level in the North East Region.
Mizoram Football Association (MFA) secretary Lalnghinglova Hmar said that, the academy will be fully functional after the monsoon season.
FIFA and the AIFF had selected Aizawl for setting up the school as there is immense soccer potential in the state, after visiting the State and other places during last year.
He also said that, “This school will be initially a one year project and it will be completely sponsored by FIFA. The international body will send their coaches and supporting staff as and when required to run the project,” he said adding that all the football enthusiasts between the age of 6 to 12 will be provided international level coaching during the training sessions.
Hmar also informed that although FIFA had started such grassroots schools in African counties, it will be the first such project in India.
“We plan to start with three months training programmes and are expecting enrolment of over 50 enthusiasts for the first batch which is likely to be started by September this year,” he said.
There are over 200 Mizo footballers playing for various clubs in the entire country. The Mizoram government had also supported the MFA for availing best of the trainings to football enthusiasts in the state.
The success of state’s footballer like Jeje Lalpekhlua, who plays for Pune FC,has bolstered the ambitions of football enthusiasts and the MFA added tha it will continue the grassroots football school, even if FIFA withdraws its support after completion of one year.