Why Football promotion is chosen by the Trust :
“After the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we consulted the Asian Football Confederation and agreed together to concentrate our development efforts on one country where we believe the potential is huge, rather than on the entire continent which is so large. And that country is India. With India, we’re engaging on a 10-year development plan, which would include, if confirmed by the FIFA Executive committee, the hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 in India. With a population of 1.2 billion, it can’t be that you cannot have another sport than cricket. There is definitely space for football and, by the way, football is very much spread at school level.”- FIFA General Secretary , Jérôme Valcke.
The current situation in India for football is not dissimilar to the situation in the USA for soccer in the 1960’s. As Simon Kuper the noted Financial Times journalist noted
“Thanks to robust economic growth and easy access to information, India will become a notable soccer-playing nation in the near future. What is happening in India is happening all over the world … that is the magic of soccer. It is happening in Australia, the US and other countries. It is like a virus.”
India is the second most populous country in the world, with over 1.22 billion people (2012 census), more than a sixth of the world’s population. By age demographics, 54 percent of India’s population is under the age of 25, which amounts to 550 million young people. 65% of the population is under 35 years old. According to India’s National Council for Skill Development7, the youth population—aged 15 to 34—is expected to increase to 464 million by 2021, making India the youngest country in the world.
Indo Global Foundation aims to develop the talented footballers from the underprivileged and weaker section of the society and talented youths from the remote corners of the country by providing them opportunities to get acquainted with international level exposure and training under guidance from international celebrity coaches of repute.
Indo Global Foundation (IGF) aims at promoting healthy lifestyles
INDO GLOBAL FOUNDATION consider soccer, the world´s most popular sport, to serve as an excellent medium for international cultural exchange and education for children and young people.
IGF also have as a main purpose promoting the football s among children ,young and aged alike , based on the understanding that playing sports contributes to the integral development of the personality and mental health for both young and aged alike .
Additionally, IGF believe that sports can provide positive leisure time alternatives over situations of risk and to promoting healthy lifestyles and habits among the young and aged alike .
Promoting ethical values
INDO GLOBAL FOUNDATION considers playing sports to be an important factor in social integration and for promoting ethical values of solidarity, participation, team spirit, respect for opponents, non-discrimination, among others.
The key concept of the programme is to bring together as many people as possible through football. The grassroots programme advocates exchanges and sharing human values and, of course, promotes the pleasure of practising our marvellous sport. For some people, grassroots football is a focus for recreational activities, while for others it is the organised practice of the sport, with training and matches, within a school or club framework. The programme envisages:
- Promotion and spreading awareness that Grassroots Football is football for kids `between 6-12 years of age.
- Giving as many children and youths as possible (girls and boys), the opportunity to play football and have access to the sport and especially promoting girls participation in the sport.
- Football is for all; irrespective of skin colour, religion, ethnicity, gender etc
- Teaching kids and youths alike some good habits, good social values and importance of having a healthy lifestyle using football as a platform.
- Identifying the talented young footballers from the underprivileged and backward section of the society and promoting them .
- Encouraging the senior football lovers and aged people alike to participate in the game of Football and promote the spirit of “football is for all” amongst all.
In December 2014 , Indo Global Foundation ( IGF) organised an exhibition match at Dr. Ambedkar stadium where the aged / senior footballers and football lovers from Press Trust of India ( PTI) battled out their best with a selected Maitri XI from IGF consisting of underprivileged players. The idea was to promote the football for all concept. Ace Shooter Pasmashree Jaspal Rana and Smt. Deepa Sharma, Hon’ble Justice of Delhi High Court & Cor. Sood from COSCO attended the event to grace the occasion.
Indo Global Foundation supports the Underprivileged Youth Footballers of Sangharsh Football
Academy and other NGOs working with underprivileged children under the IGF Youth football promotion programme.
Masters Football Event
Indo Global foundation is the exclusive license holder of masters football brand in india and is bringing the top retired players from the English premier leagues to play exhibition matches in india in Mumbai and Bangalore in june 2016 and to promote football amongst the younger generation of the country. attached pl find some past press releases concerning the event