The All India Football Federation signed a memorandum of understanding with its German counterpart the DFB on Friday, covering joint work to develop football in India.
The AIFF said “the MoU covers a wide range of areas pertaining to Indian football, such as coach education (including grassroots), talent scouting and promotion, deployment of professional referees to India, exchanges between national teams, a visit of a Germany all-star team (if feasible), joint marketing initiatives and sports administration via discussions on their competition management solutions.”
The deal was signed by Kushal Das, AIFF general-secretary, and DFB general-secretary Friedrich Curtius. Das told local media: “It is a great honour for AIFF to get into this agreement with DFB. I am sure this will immensely benefit Indian football…
“Germany are renowned for their footballing prowess, and the work done by them at the grassroots level stands out. The MoU represents a great opportunity to learn from their experience and expertise through mutual cooperation and collaboration.”
The MoU comes after with a recent visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to India for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about strengthening ties between the two countries.