The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has organised a FIFA Women’s Youth Course at Gwalior’s Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) to fine-tune the skill of woman football coaches in India.
The five-day programme, which ends on December 9, has former Swedish footballer Anna Signeul imparting training to 19 women AIFF D-licence holders. AIFF has selected LNIPE, Gwalior because of infrastructure and proper accommodation facilities for women.
“This training course will bring a major change in the playing techniques of footballers and will also promote women’s football in India,” AIFF coach Sapna said. “India doesn’t have any proper tactics and philosophy when it comes to playing football. A proper philosophy and tactics is necessary for strengthening the sport.”
LNIPE assistant professor Deepak Sharma, who coordinated the programme, said, “This is a totally different experience for coaches. They are being imparted training in both the classroom and on the football ground.”
“This course is giving a great exposure to the girls. Signuel has watched the game of different countries very closely and her experience will help Indian coaches to hone their coaching skills,” he said.