The Indian Football Association (West Bengal) on Wednesday, April 6 announced the creation of 10 futsal academies across West Bengal to promote the game at the grassroots level.
The locations chosen for the academies include Saltlake Stadium (Ramp No. 17), Howrah, New Alipore, Chinar Park (Rajarhat), Garia, Minto Park, Salt Lake (Baisakhi), Topsia, Dum Dum, New Town (Action Area 3)
IFA secretary Joydeep Mukherjee said, “We are serious about promoting Futsal in Bengal in a professional dimension.”
IFA chairman and AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Dutta, “Futsal has not been given its due importance by all the State Associations. IFA has taken a commendable development project of Futsal Academies and I am sure Bengal will be the best Futsal playing state in coming years.”
AIFF CEO – League & Development Sunando Dhar added, “Proindia has been promoting futsal amongst grassroots and underprivileged. Joydeep’s vision with Aparup’s dedication will take IFA Futsal to the next level.”
IFA Futsal committee chairman Rajdeep Nandi, who himself is a coach, is very hopeful of this upcoming academies.
Miguel Andres, five-times UEFA Futsal Championship winner and FC Barcelona Futsal Coach, is the chief mentor of the IFA Futsal Academy as the Chief Mentor..
“My friend Aparup is absolutely passionate about developing Futsal in India. I am always ready to support All India Football Federation or state association like IFA. Bengal has multifarious talents and IFA Futsal Academy is one of the remarkable platforms to start to develop and Football as well.”
Luis Estrela, Senior Women Coach, SL Benfica, said, “Portugal is the current FIFA Futsal World Champion and SL BENFICA Methodology is amongst the best in the world. I would help IFA in organizing Futsal Academies. Initially we will have online classes but in future I may visit the academies.”
Aparup Chakraborty said, “IFA Futsal Academy includes professional Futsal Analytics Step Out (Analytics company who is working with I-League Teams).”
“IFA Futsal Academy will hand over these data for scouting ‘Raw Talent’ to IFA Technical Director Ranjan Bhattacharya (Bengal Head Coach) and his Associate Coaches. His inclusion will complete the cycle of transformation from Futsal to Football.”