The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) could dole out five artificial turfs to I-League clubs as part of the FIFA’s ‘Win in India, with India’ initiative, it was decided at a first-ever one-day workshop for Indian clubs at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
The FIFA programme has already seen eight artificial turfs being allotted to different parts of India. But it was learnt that almost $2.5m (approximately Rs 11.5 crore) was still unused. Hence, the decision to offer artificial turfs to clubs who have grounds of their own or on long-term lease. “Whoever offers the fish can eat it,” an officialsaid.
A decision to set up a committee, headed by AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam, to infuse more professionalism in Indian football was also taken. “In an ideal world, the I-League should be a separate entity like the English Premier League or the J-League,” the official said.