Indian Football

Indian Football: AIFF Launches Scheme to Help Former Players, Technical Staff & Referees

Arjun Singh Devgan

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has launched a policy aimed at providing support to football players and technical staff who have served Indian National Teams and those who may require support related to hospitalisation costs, or grants to their families in case of the footballer’s death

As per the guidelines put down by the AIFF, individuals and all players/technical staff who have represented the country since 1950 are eligible to apply for financial support and that each request will be assessed on a case-to-case basis on the basis of the guidelines laid down

“The AIFF values the immense contribution of the players who have brought laurels for the country. While AIFF has financially assisted players and staff even in the past on a case-to-case basis, we have now tried to formalise the process. We have henceforth, laid down a procedure wherein we are ready to help for the benefit of all our heroes, and their families," AIFF secretary, Kushal Das said.

The gesture by the AIFF has been hailed by former Indian captain, Victor Amalraj who believes that such a scheme will only benefit those in need.

"Those who have represented India since 1950 can apply and each request will be assessed as per the guidelines laid down."