Tata Football Academy, Jamshedpur:
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata envisaged the modernized model of Jamshedpur. He had the vision to expand this empire of TATA Company even in the field of sports. His plans were finally executed by his successor J. N. Tata in the year 1987. Hence, TFA was established while his chairmanship of the company. The academy aims at establishing a nation with ‘ the beautiful game ’ as a religion for the upcoming players representing the country worldwide. The motto of the Tata Football Academy is “ Catch Them Young ” and provide the aspirants with the best sports training and medical facilities. The cadets of the academy are expected to inculcate in them the features required to match the international standards of the game.
The cadets are trained under the supervision of the former captain of the Indian National Team, Mr. Vijay Kumar. Mr. Akshay Das and Mr. Amey Kolekar are the coach and the strength and conditioning coach, respectively.
Facilities and Infrastructure:
The institute is a residential type, with convenient bedrooms matching modern needs. There are several conference rooms provided with audio-visual presentation facilities. A hygienic dining area with a well-equipped kitchen which follows a healthy and balanced diet as per the nutritional need of the cadets. The building is well occupied by a gymnasium and many physiotherapy rooms. Fitness monitoring services and medical support is provided by the authority, which is supervised by experts. A 100 × 65 floodlit playground and an administrative block are what adds up to the infrastructure of the academy. The institute also takes care of the basic necessities of the players. Hence, the players are provided with playing kits, summer and winter clothing, medical care and also basic education.
TFA has gifted the nation with its best footballers who have contributed a lot to the game. Few of the best alumni of the academy are listed below –
- Kumam Udanta Singh: One of the best strikers among the ex-cadets of the academy. He has represented Jharkhand in the National Games held at Ranchi in 2011, TFA in Durand Cup. He has played friendlies in the I-League U-20 tournament against teams of West Bengal and Churchill Brothers SC in 2013, and against Bengaluru FC and Salgaocar FC in 2014. One of his greatest success has been his participation in the AFC qualifiers held in Doha in 2013.
- Irfan Khan: Played for the centre-back position. His achievements include participation in the 34th National Games held at Ranchi, IFA Shield, Durand Cup, Biju Pattnaik Football Tournament, Sambalpur Football Tournament and much more.
- Rino Anto: A spectacular defender blessed with his versatile skills. He represented India in AFC U-19 Youth Championship held in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
- Robert Lathlamuana Zuchhip: Played for the left back position. He has proved himself as one in the most promising midfielders of the country. He has served as the Captain of the U-17 Indian National Team.
The players of the academy that have represented India internationally include Subroto Paul, Raju Gaikwad, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Alok Das.
Tata Football Academy, Inner Circle Road, Bistupur,
Inner Circle Road, Bistupur,
Jamshedpur – 831 001,
Phone and Fax – 2221736,2142137
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Official site – www.tatafootballacademy.com
Premier India Football Academy, Mumbai:
This academy was founded by Mr. Nirvan Shah, one of the most prominent figures in the world of football. Being the first Indian to be licensed as a UEFA coach, it was his dream to establish such a center where young talents could get wings to soar high. With the support of his wife and the former chairperson of the women’s football committee for Maharashtra, Mrs. Anjali Shah, this academy laid its foundations in 2003. Since that year, this school has been providing India with a bunch of great talents. PIFA is the first Indian football academy to be registered as a company. It is a 2-star AIFF accredited academy. The motto of the academy is “To be the best, train with the best.” The academy focuses on exposing the students to the latest training methods, to build a national club team and to develop world class players. Their main goal is to see India play in 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The founder, Mr. Nirvan Shah, who is an English FA qualified coach, supervises all the events and programs that are organized by the academy. Mrs. Anjali Shah supervises the women’s football events. The academy has tie-ups with the leading training centers across Europe that include AC Milan Academy, David Beckham Academy, Rangers Soccer School and much more. The coaches are sent to training camps guided by the best coaches from these academies.
Facilities and Infrastructure:
The cadets are taught the tactics of the game with a holistic approach. Their fitness, nutrition, and psychology are taken care of by experts at the academy. The following specific programs are included in the regular schedule of PIFA –
- 3-5 years – PIFA Toddlers
- 5-12 years – PIFA Beginners
- 8-14 years – PIFA Advance
- 12-18 years – PIFA Elite.
The best players get a chance to play for PIFA U15, U17 and U19 men/women teams in Mumbai League and National League. PIFA has a total number of 15 centers widespread across the city of Mumbai. The teams of the academy currently do not own a stadium but the authorities are working on it. PIFA Colaba FC (their official team) uses Cooperage Stadium, Colaba as their home ground and they train at Karnataka Football Ground, Churchgate. The authorities deliver lecture sessions on nutrition, psychology, prevention of sports injury and counseling. The academy provides exposure to camps, tournaments, and competitions held across the country and also in Europe. Till date, PIFA has conducted 38 camps to Europe. PIFA also conducts campaign and training sessions in different cities of India with the support of the finest English coaches. The academy also provides football merchandise at its training centers and office.
Over the years, the academy has produced pioneers in the game. They have produced 6 national youth players and several state and club players. Some of the future marvels of Indian Football that have taken their training from this school are as follows –
- Saurabh Meher: Saurabh Meher is the latest success story from the academy. This youth will be playing for U17 FIFA World Cup 2017.
- Kean Lewis: Academy’s best trainee has been Kean Lewis. He went for trials to Leicester City FC. He has played for Mahindra United Junior Team and also for the state team of Maharashtra. He has also played for PIFA-CYFC.
- Karan Dewan: He has played for the state team of Delhi.
- Furthermore, players like Harshad Meher (Goalkeeper) and Ajit Bhoir(Defender) have been called for AIFF team U16 trials.
Bombay Gymkhana, Mumbai,
Contact no. – 09820968365
Official site – pifa.co.in
E-mail – email@example.com
Mumbai Regional Academy, Mumbai:
The academy was the first regional academy to established by AIFF in India. Managing Director of the academy is Father Saturnino Almeida. The academy has a bunch of 30 cadets for a particular age group between 12 to 18 years of age. The academy was set up in Navi Mumbai on the 1st of May, 2012. The plan of such an academy was executed by AIFF on the recommendation of FIFA and AFC in order generate great players in the nation. The academy aims at giving a right pathway to the young talents of the country.
Arthus Papus, former coach at Elite Australian Institute of Sports, as the Head Coach and Mr. Aqueel Ansari, ex-international midfielder, as the Assistant Coach forms a brilliant faculty at the academy.
Facilities and Infrastructure:
The players at the academy are selected via two methods, the first being selections from National Festivals. The second way for entry into the academy is the Scouting Network that includes a chief scout, a technical director, and a development director, who select players from different states on the basis of their skills and rawness. The academy trains students who live in campus. The hostel provides dormitories for cadets, personal rooms for staff members and other officials. The institute has artificial football grounds for matches and training sessions. The institute contains a gymnasium, a swimming pool, treatment rooms, dispensaries and lecture rooms that take care of the personal tuitions and school studies of the cadets. The academy provides sports training and basic education to the students, simultaneously.
The academy has trained many players since its establishment. The best of them are:
- Milan Basumatary: The striker represented the state team of Assam in the Coca-Cola U-15 National Championship. He was awarded the titles of the top scorer and the most valuable player of the tournament. He has excelled the tactics of the dribble.
- Rakesh Oram: He plays as a right winger. Represented Odisha in the Coca-Cola U-15 National Championship in 2012. The player has met with all the expectations after becoming a part of the academy.
- Bidyananda Singh: This defensive midfielder is one of the most crucial members of the AIFF Mumbai Regional Academy. The official team of the academy won the Chandigarh Youth Challenge Cup under his captainship. This cadet is well-known for his versatility in the game.
Fr. Agnel Technical Education Complex,
Vashi, Navi Mumbai,
Baichung Bhutia Football Schools:
The BBFS is an initiative by the former captain of the Indian National Football team, Mr. Baichung Mr. Anurag Khilnani and Mr. Kishore Taid are the co-founders of this prestigious institution. The academy has 24 centers across 10 cities in India – 12 in Delhi/NCR, 5 in Bengaluru, 3 in Chandigarh, 3 in Mumbai and 1 in Dehradun. It trains slots of age 5 to 17 years. The institute has a vision that no talent should be deprived of the best training and sports facilities in the country due to poverty. Needy and talented youth get scholarships of up to 100% so that they can get the best out of their raw skills. The best of all Baichung Bhutia Football Schools is the center at Delhi. The association of the academy with Bhutia is what makes it stand apart from all other institutes that provide football coaching in India.
The coaches of the academy have been trained by Mr. Stevie Grieve, the former Scottish football coach, and Ten Sports pundit. Personal guidance from Mr. Baichung Bhutia, former captain of the Indian national team, is what makes the difference. Apart from these big names linked with this institute, there are several Portuguese coaches who supervise different campaigns and programs organized by the academy.
Facilities and Infrastructure:
The institute authorities provide regular courses that run throughout the year after the school hours. Most of the training sessions are of 3 days per week. These courses work on enhancing the football skills of the students. They emphasize on the overall development of personality through technical skills. Nutrition and fitness lessons are delivered to the players. All the training centers follow the same routine and training methods. Delhi/NCR has 12 training centers. During school holidays, the academy organizes international and domestic camps for the students. These camps provide full day training courses under well-planned schedule. The players are involved in exposure matches against the local teams. The camps also have a list of team building and skill enhancement activities for the players.
The academy has been capable of gifting India with 2 players in the U16 National Team, 5 U19 players in I-League clubs, 6 players in national teams and 33 players in state teams. Recently, young players like Daksh, Kush and Siddhant led the Delhi U14 team.
IIT Delhi Main Road,
Hauz Khas, New Delhi,
Contact no. – 09582008744
Official website – www.bbfootballschools.com
DSK Shivajians – LFC International Football Academy, Pune:
The Liverpool FC academics provide young footballers with an opportunity to develop their talents with new learning techniques and world class training equipment, all under the watchful eyes of the LFC coaches. The partnership of LFC Academy with DSK Shivajians FC led to a football revolution in India making way for international clubs to take their interests in the football talent of the country. DSK-LIFA has become one of the leading football academies across the globe, since its establishment in 2013. The academy is India’s first International Club residential academy. This tie-up has helped several amateurs to hone their skills and transform themselves into professionals. The academy’s main objectives are to manufacture well-built players who are capable enough to represent the country at junior and senior level tournaments held worldwide.
The academy provides world class training to the cadets under the guidance of coaches from LIFA. The current coaching faculty includes Mr. Michael William Rice, who is a UEFA-B licensed coach. Mr. Daniel Reece (UEFA-A licensed coach) and Mr. Christopher Ochwat (possesses FA coaching level-2 degree) are also a part of the coaching faculty.
Facilities and Infrastructure:
The institute has one of the best football training infrastructures in India. The academy’s residential infrastructure includes house-keeping and laundry facilities, WiFi-oriented campus, CCTV surveillance throughout the campus, an outdoor swimming pool and some other convenient facilities. The academy also has a well-equipped gymnasium and a dining staff supplying nutritious and balanced diet catering to the needs of the physically developed body of the players. The academy has two football grounds. The first ground is 4G which provides training in extreme weather conditions and the second is a Natural Turf. The pitch has a well-maintained subsoil drainage system.
- Sairuat Kima: The defender from Mizoram led the academy’s team in the Bandodkar Gold Cup. He was a part of the 2015-16 session and has represented the team in all competitions the academy figured in. He also represented the team in IFA Shield in Kolkata.
- Shubham Das: The goalkeeper was in the team that debuted in the Bandodkar Gold Cup.
- Malsawmtluanga: He was the captain of DSK Shivajians FC squad in U16 Youth League 2016-17. The midfielder also captained the team in Subroto Cup in 2016.