The Government of India has reduced the funding of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) by almost 85 percent over the last four years, due to what has been perceived as the “poor performance” of the Indian national team.
AIFF, which has been struggling financially recently, has seen funding from the annual calendar for training and competitions (ACTC) drastically decrease from Rs 30 crore for the 2019-20 financial year (for an 18-month period until September 2020) to Rs 10 crore in 2020 -21 and further down to Rs 5 crore this year.
AIFF officials had reportedly asked for funding at least three times the sanctioned budget, although the Ministry of Sports and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) were not convinced by their arguments as they believe the federation’s development work has left much to be desired. make their presence noticeable on a continental level and a women’s soccer program that “lacked structure”
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The national team’s performance and ranking on the men’s side were also the subject of discussion during the budget meeting.
“Given the poor performance of the Indian football team, the AIFF was advised to focus strictly on the development of grassroots talent,” said Sports Secretary Sujata Chaturvedi.
“A review would be made after the Asian Games 2022, in October 2022, based on the performance of the Asian Games, 2022, for any additional funding requirements depending on the availability of budget under the ‘Assistance to the NSF’ program.” minutes of the meeting were recorded.
“Despite the government’s different treatment, the AIFF has not compromised on any activity for the senior and junior teams, both men and women. It is surprising, however, that a mass sport such as football receives less funding compared to other sports that are not close in terms of number of participants and competitiveness “, said an AIFF official quoted by The Indian Express.