About The Conference

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.



The St Regis,

  • Session 1 :
  • 10.00 am
  • 15.Dec.2017

Youth Connect Critical to Take Football Pan India

  • Leveraging India's success in hosting U-17 World Cup
  • Need is to strengthen the base.
  • Mission XI Million legacy project's delivery on the ground.
  • Government role in building the football ecosystem
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    The St Regis,

    • Session 2 :
    • 12.00 pm
    • 15.Dec.2017

    Traditional TV and the Digital Future

  • Broadcasters upping their game
  • For Generation X
  • Millennials redifining sports consumption
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    The St Regis,

    • Session 3 :
    • 3.00 pm
    • 15.Dec.2017

    Big Data: The Winning Formula

  • How big data can change football on and off the field
  • Application of new technologies
  • Analytics the game changer
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    The St Regis,

    • Session 4 :
    • 5.00 pm
    • 15.Dec.2017

    Building the Talent Quotient

  • When Football Academies do it right
  • Women's Football the next big thing
  • Clubs crucial to game's growth in their catchment areas
  • International best practices
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    Ayaz Memon


    Sports writer

    Biswanath Sinha

    Associate Director

    Tata Trusts

    Chetan Mishra

    Founder and CEO


    Hrishikesh Shende

    Director – Football & Basketball

    Adidas India

    Indranil Das Blah

    Founding Partner KWAN

    CEO Mumbai City FC

    Javier Ceppi

    Tournament Director, Local Organising Committee

    U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017

    Jose Antonio Cachaza

    Country Manager - India


    Mustafa Ghouse


    JSW Sports Pvt Ltd

    Prasana Krishnan

    Executive VP & Business Head

    Sports Cluster, Sony Pictures Networks India

    Shaji Prabhakaran


    Delhi United Football Club & Delhi Soccer Association Ex-Regional Development Officer, FIFA

    Sunando Dhar



    Vinit Karnik

    Business Head

    Sports & Live Events at ESP Properties India

    Henry Menezes


    Western India Football Association

    Mayank Khandwala


    Cutting Edge Events Pvt Ltd

    Neeraj Athalye

    Head – Leonardo Business

    SAP Indian Subcontinent

    Nilesh Kulkarni


    International Institute of Sports Management (IISM)

    Piyush Kumar



    Subhayu Roy

    Head - Content Distribution

    South Asia, Perform Group

    Vivek Sethia


    India on Track (IOT)

    Jitendra Joshi



    What They Think About Us


    Managing Director, adidas Group India

    ‘‘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’’


    Tournament Director, LOC|FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

    ‘‘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.


    Business Head, Football, Star 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. ’’


    Regional Development Officer, FIFA

    ‘‘Congratulations! The Football Forum was indeed a success from all fronts. It was my pleasure to be part of it.’’


    CEO, Mumbai City FC; Founding Partner CAA KWAN

    ‘‘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’’


    Director – Football & Basketball, adidas India

    ‘‘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’’