FOOTBALL- All India Football Federation (AIFF) is all set to give a much needed push to football in India at the grass roots level.
AIFF is organizing Baby Leagues in seven age groups: Under-6, Under-7, Under-8, Under-9, Under-10, Under-11 and Under-12.
According to figures released by AIFF, 21,471 children participated in Baby Leagues last year and this year the number has risen to 43,575.
“The formative years of a child have always been the bedrock of a successful footballing culture. The AIFF is now stressing to popularise the sport among the kids. We aim to have every kid playing football, especially from ages U-6 to U-12. The more they play, the more Indian football will benefit," AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said.
Baby Leagues have been extremely successful in Kashmir Valley, Mizoram, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra while other states are catching up with the trend.