Tue, 25 Jun 2019

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Dec 13 (ANI): FIFA Regional Development Manager for South Asia, Prince Rufus on Wednesday said that Technical Directors should work as a catalyst of change in their respective countries for the development of football operations.

"I'm sure the Technical Directors workshop will help all participants go back enriched to their respective member associations and be a catalyst of change in their countries," said Prince Rufus during a FIFA Workshop for the Technical Directors here.

Football is an ever-changing game and with as many as 211 countries being under FIFA's banner, the confluence of cultures has brought about different practices to the 'beautiful game.'

Representatives from as many as five Asian member associations - Syria, Sri Lanka, Oman, Iran, and hosts India -- are currently participating in the FIFA Workshop for the Technical Directors in Mumbai.

Former National Team player Savio Medeira, presently the Technical Director of the AIFF, opined that the role presents a whole set of new challenges, especially with regards to preparing different approaches for a culturally diverse nation like India.

"The focus should always be on football, spread the base, improve the coaches, and in turn improve the players," said Medeira.

"As the AIFF Technical Director you need to keep in mind that there are so many cultures throughout our country -- something that may work in one region, may not work in another," he added. "So we need to expose our Technical Directors to what different countries do, in order to develop football."

Complementing Medeira, AIFF Head of Player Development Richard Hood believes that an Indian Technical Director needs to understand the different cultures and help promote them in the football practices across the various regions of the country.

"The role of the Technical Director is an evolving one. Like most countries around the world, it is important that we have someone from our own country who understands the nuances of the different cultures across India," said Hood.

One of the key points highlighted during the opening session of the FIFA workshop was the development of an overall footballing philosophy for the respective countries.(ANI)

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