The Indian Football Association of West Bengal recently announced that they would start 10 Futsal Academies in the city of Kolkata in order to help give a boost to the sport across the city and the country.
The 10 centres includes - Ramp No. 17, VYBK Stadium-Salt Lake, Howrah, New Alipore, Chinar Park- Rajarhat , Garia, Minto Park, Baisakhi -Salt Lake, Topsia, Dum Dum, and Action Area 3- New Town, in order to develop Futsal as a concept in India.
“We are serious about promoting Futsal in Bengal in a professional dimension," Joydeep Mukherjee, Secretary, Indian Football Association said while Subrata Dutta, Sr. Vice President of AIFF added, "Futsal has not been given its due importance by all the State Associations. IFA has taken a commendable development project of Futsal Academies and I am sure Bengal will be the best Futsal playing state in coming years."
“IFA Futsal Academy includes professional Futsal Analytics Step Out (Analytics company who is working with I-League Teams). IFA Futsal Academy will hand over these data for scouting ‘Raw Talent’ to IFA Technical Director Mr. Ranjan Bhattacharya, Head Coach of Bengal Men’s Football Team & his Associate Coaches. His inclusion will complete the cycle of transformation from Futsal to Football," Aparup Chakraborty, the IFA Vice presidents & assistant secretary mentioned.
The sport of football is growing exponentially in the country and it will be interesting to see how much it grows as it's popularity increases in the near future.