And here are more details on what I presented to the audience on how I see Indian football moving forward in the next 10 to 20 years. First I gave the audience an overview on where Indian football stands today in the year 2010. Things in Indian football surely are looking up, but we need to speed-up our progress.
Here is where football in India stands in September 2010:
I gave an overview to start off so everyone has a chance to read and understand where our football stands today. Things have happened over the last decade and there is a momentum in developing our football that needs to be pushed further.
I then mentioned the points that I see as crucial in the development of Indian football. I summed it up through these points:
As you can read, there are short-, mid- and long-term aims. The most important steps in our development are the professionalization of administration and club management plus the building of infrastructure. Everything else is build on these factors to take our football forward, like a better organised and run I-League, a sounds national team set-up and bidding to host an AFC Asian Cup in the next decade and the big prize a FIFA World Cup bid. It might sound unrealistic at the moment, but we need to get there so even talking about it at the moment is a start to achieve bigger goals. And it is easier for us to organise a FIFA World Cup, then qualify for one through the Asian qualifiers as long as FIFA doesn't decide to expand the 32 nation tournament.