The All India Football Federation has started to conduct Central Registration System (CRS) Workshops for football clubs across the country. The first of these workshops got underway in Goa, on Tuesday, July 9.
CRS is a web-based data information system with the primary objective of simplifying the process of player registration and domestic player transfers as well as improving transparency and the flow of information.
Sankalp Pujari, Head of Players’ Status and Registration Department, AIFF, believes that making CRS mandatory across the country will help the federation combat certain malpractices. “The main objective of these workshops is to highlight the importance of the Central Registration System to the football clubs, and also help them understand how to use the system,” said Pujari.
“One of the biggest issues that we are looking to combat through the CRS mandate is age-fraud. Once a player is registered and approved in CRS, the player’s personal data, like the date of birth, cannot be changed and further the player receives a unique player ID, which remains constant throughout his or her playing career,” said Pujari.
“As the CRS is also integrated with FIFA’s registration system, FIFA Connect, the player not only receives an AIFF ID, but also a global FIFA ID,” said Pujari.
The AIFF Head of Players’ Status and Registration Department also went on to state that the federation has taken measures to curb duplication of player IDs.
“In recent times, the most important upgrade that we have made in the CRS is to detect duplicate players registered in the system. With this new upgrade, AIFF as well the club registering the player will receive a notification if a player is being re-registered in the system,” said Pujari.
The CRS, which was introduced in 2013, came into full force a couple of years later, and in the 2017-18 season all the competitions conducted by AIFF came under the purview of the CRS.
“We have now made CRS registration mandatory for all players who want to play organised football,” said Pujari. “However, if a club finds it difficult to use any of the functionalities of CRS, they may approach their affiliated State Association or the AIFF for assistance,” said Pujari.
“To help the clubs understand the system better, we are in the process of creating manuals and most importantly, video tutorials for the same. In future, we are planning to roll out the manuals and video tutorials in different regional Languages as well,” he further said.
The CRS Workshops are set to be held in Goa from July 9 to 13, followed by another one in Bengaluru from July 22 to 27.