The third online Futsal Introductory Certificate Course, organized by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), is all set to kick off on Friday, November 20. Joshua Stan Vaz and Shailesh Kerkera will be the lead instructors for the three-day virtual course, which will run till Sunday, November 22.
Savio Medeira, Head of Coach Education, AIFF, mentioned that the response around the Futsal Certificate Courses is ‘laudable’ and informed that 150-odd applicants have shown interest to take part as Indian football moves forward together.
“The interest to take part in the courses is laudable. We have received more than 150 applications for the course. Because of the high demand, we are contemplating organising more such courses in the future,” the former Blue Tigers head coach said.
He continued, “We realise that interest in Futsal in our country is increasing manifold. I strongly feel it will increase more in the future, given the talent we have in our country.”
60 participants will take part in the virtual sessions where different aspects e.g. the rules of Futsal, AFC coaching courses, the curriculum, Laws of the Game, etc. will be discussed.
Medeira feels that given the fast nature of Futsal, it is an ‘exciting version’ of football which will, in turn, make a player ‘more comfortable on the ball’ and help to improve further.
“Given the features like shorter duration, fast pace, more actions, and more goals, Futsal is a more exciting version of the game. If one starts with Futsal and then moves to football, he/she will become more comfortable on the ball and quicker in decision-making.”
“We have a lot of examples where a player, who started with Futsal, made it to the top eventually,” he mentioned.
The participants for the course are as follows:
Altafkhan Tahirkhan Pathan, Anil Kumar Rathour, Anukul Anantbhai Jana, Deepak Ganpat Salunke, Felix Ambrose Miranda, Akash Kamleshkumar Mehta, Gilbert Robert Cutinha, Gulabsingh Bajwa, Harikrishna Jivabhai Prajapati, Imranhusen Zahirhusen Shaikh, Jalwindersingh Surendersingh Gill, Jatin Mahendabhai Bhavsar, Krishnakumar Mahendrasinh Maharaul, Mayank Shantilal Sailor, Mayur Jivabhai Rana, Mohammad Ismail Shaikh, Mohasin Husen Gulmohammed Malek, Nandini Himanshu Kapadia, Narendrasinh Govubha Chudasama, Neeraj Kumar Sharma, Pratap Ummed Shekhawat, Riya Anish Modi, Rumana Ramjanbhai Modan, Shahbaz Pathan Khan, Suneet Azad, Tarannum Shaikh, Thakor Pravin Javanji, Vandit Haresh Mehta, Vishnu Purshottomdas Chauhan, Ravi Kumar Singh, Sanjay Singh, Ajay Pratap Singh, Sai Charan Pushpali Kanakraj, Rizwan Khan, Tarun Roy, Gugan Vedhachalam Sampathkumar, Tanmay Nandkumar Garud, Meet Ajay Mandavia, Ferdinand Dharman, Rhea Noronha, Lakshya Beri, Aneesh Ashok Pillai, Mohamed Sahal, Jagannadham Srinivas Reddy, Sonam Kumar Ramchiary, Kavi Tha Ran, Kamlesh Kumar, Somaaya Nadia Mukundan, Sugitesh Subhash Mandrekar, Tubin S, Rajeev M B, Supriya Datta, Sukhvinder Singh, Satya Narayan Chura, Aparup Chakraborty, Nishad Gajanan Mandalkar, Lyndin Fedilis Dpenha, Vipul Jain, Sourav Virdi, Sayantan Sarkar.