The FIFA-17 is to be held in India in October, therefore Maharashtra is trying to promote this sport by coaching students in all the schools in Maharashtra above the age of 9 years. More than 10 lakh students across 25, 000 educational institutes are likely to participate in the Maharashtra Football Mission.
Six of the World Cup matches will be played in Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil stadium. Keeping this in mind, a government resolution was issued on Tuesday to try and create interest about the sport amongst the primary, secondary, and college students and teaching them to Bend it like Beckham.
There are various phases to this whole drive.
1st Phase- Schools and colleges with football team and ground will be identified. This will be done by 15th July
2nd Phase- Selfie point will be placed at various points like parks and malls to promote football amongst the youngsters. “The idea is to get youngsters interested in football before the World Cup, which is a big international sports event for India. The objective is to promote an active lifestyle and a healthy diet among children,” said a senior education official.
3rd Phase- Two to three days of work shop will be help to train the teachers and coaches in a better manner after which the teams will be made and students will be trained professionally. More than 1 lakh footballs will be distributed, three for each school.
4th Phase- A district level football tournament will be organized which will take place on 29th August.
Over the year, other tournament will be organized for the practice of the students a in the month of September a tournament will be organized for U-13 players.