Indian Football

India Football: AIFF & Bengaluru FC enter into a strategic partnership with Rangers FC

Arjun Singh Devgan
AIFF have entered into a partnership with Rangers FC
AIFF have entered into a partnership with Rangers FC / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday announced announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Scottish football giants Rangers FC, with the club also partnering with Indian Super League side (ISL), Bengaluru FC in order to establish a footprint in India.

Rangers will oversee a wide range of programs which will help support thousands of Indian coaches in areas such as talent identification, scouting and analysis, while a group of AIFF coaches and members will travel to Glasgow to observe their coaching and facilities present at the club.

"The partnership with the AIFF, alongside our strong cooperation with Bengaluru FC, will provide a renewed focus to our activities in India, which is an integral pillar of the club’s international strategy. Indian football continues on a rapid growth trajectory and we’re excited by the potential commercial opportunities that are emerging," James Bisgrove, Rangers' commercial and marketing director, said.

"We’re incredibly excited and proud that Rangers can play a role in the continued growth and development of Indian football alongside our partners in the region," he added.

Savio Medeira, the technical director and head of coach education of the AIFF too was pleased with the partnership, believing that an association with such an historic club will only help Indian football progress in the near future.

"I am honoured that Rangers FC have signed an agreement with us. We are trying in our own way to be self-sustainable in various technical programmes. The association with this historic club will add extreme value to our coach education programme, scouting processes, talent identification, and analysis amongst others, all in our endeavour to move forward together," he said.