This year's edition of the IFF will focus on 'Youth Connect - On Ground and in the Digital Arena'.
IFF 2017 will examine how the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Government propose to take forward the U-17 World Cup Legacy Plan, deliberate on Grassroots Development efforts by the clubs, as well as take up for discussion how Big Data, and Application of New Technologies are all essential components of the larger aim of connecting the game to the people.
Efforts of the ISL clubs to engage with their communities, latest developments in the ongoing restructuring of league football will also be discussed. Delegates will hear from representatives of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool Football Club World and more, offering a global perspective on growing the base of the Indian football pyramid.
Founder and CEO
Director – Football & Basketball
Founding Partner KWAN
CEO Mumbai City FC
Tournament Director, Local Organising Committee
U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017
Country Manager - India
JSW Sports Pvt Ltd
Executive VP & Business Head
Sports Cluster, Sony Pictures Networks India
Delhi United Football Club & Delhi Soccer Association Ex-Regional Development Officer, FIFA
Sports & Live Events at ESP Properties India
Western India Football Association
Cutting Edge Events Pvt Ltd
Head – Leonardo Business
SAP Indian Subcontinent
International Institute of Sports Management (IISM)
Head - Content Distribution
South Asia, Perform Group
India on Track (IOT)
‘‘I found the Forum insightful and informative. It is good to see focus brought to the global game of Football in India and only by discussing the key issues and opportunities will we grow the game here. The quality of the panel speakers was good and the topics were relevant in the exciting build up to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup being held in India’’
‘‘Thank you for inviting me to the forum, had been part of it as a member of the audience in 2014 and it was a thoroughly entertaining experience to be on the other side of the table this time. The big takeaway from the Forum is that there are many different stakeholders trying to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of Indian Football, and it is always possible to be on the same stage with them and understand their concerns and listen to their ideas as to what can be done to keep improving the game here in India.
‘‘As we know very well, the next 12 months are critical from a development standpoint for the future of the sport in the country, and I am happy to see that the right stakeholders are pitching in to deliver the future blueprint - the federation, the media partners and commercial partners. Along with the bottom-up structuring, Football in India also needs a top-down intervention in a huge way - investments, infrastructure, and so on. ’’
‘‘Congratulations! The Football Forum was indeed a success from all fronts. It was my pleasure to be part of it.’’
‘‘The other impressive bit about the conferences hosted by you is the punctuality; all sessions start and end on time, which is a refreshing change for all of us. Congratulations on hosting such a fruitful conference once again’’
‘‘I found the India Football Forum, 2016 quite insightful, informative and relevant. With the 2017 u-17 World Cup less than 12 months away, the panel of speakers provided some really useful ideas on continuing the growth and development of the beautiful game in India’’