Welcome to the SAI - AIFF Overseas Scouting Project For India's National Team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017
India is going to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017. It is an opportunity for us to instil in our youth the passion & fervour for football. It is an opportunity to show to the world the power of Indian youth. It is a golden opportunity to reinforce India's identity & branding at a global platform. Mann ki Baat
- Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
I urge all talented Indian boys & parents living outside India to not hesitate & grab the opportunity being provided by the Overseas Scouting Project. This is the chance to play a FIFA World Cup, to represent our great nation, to make India proud.
- Shri Vijay Goel, Honourable Minister of State, MYA&S
I believe that every eligible Indian boy - no matter where he lives - deserves a chance to make it to India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 team. If you believe you can make it to the Indian team, come let our scouts see you play!
- Shri Praful M. Patel, President - AIFF
We want to tap all the talent that is available around the globe for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held next year. It is a matter of pride for any aspiring player to represent the nation in a World Cup & SAI – AIFF are committed towards providing opportunity to every deserving Indian.
– Shri Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Dept of Sports, MYA&S & DG - SAI
The SAI & AIFF have left no stone unturned to scout for talent all over India in the last one year for India’s U-17 World Cup team. Now, we are reaching out to Indian boys living overseas with this Overseas Scouting Project.
- Shri Kushal Das, General Secretary - AIFF
With so many Indians across the globe, the potential of this project is immense. I believe that Indian players can match any European nation in quality, in technicality, in skills. I continue to look for players who will add strength and balance to my team.
- Shri Luis Norton de Matos, Head Coach, India U-17 WC Team
So you think you are good enough to represent India? Now is your big chance! Be seen by one of our National Team Scouts and make your dream a reality. Take the first step to being one of the very few who will represent India in the FIFA U17 World Cup in October 2017. Do it now!
- Shri Stephen Constantine, Head Coach, India National Team
This is a joint project launched by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with the support of the Sports Authority of India (SAI). The aim of the project is to provide every eligible Indian living outside India an electronic platform to present his football playing talent directly to the scouts of India's U-17 World Cup team.
If you believe you can play for India in the World Cup, sign in, submit your video & let our scouts see you play.
How to get noticed by SAI - AIFF scouts?
Step 1 Check Eligibility
Step 2 Submit PROFILE
Step 3 Get Shortlisted
Step 4 Get Selected for India!
FIRST NRI PLAYER SELECTED THROUGH THE OVERSEAS SCOUTING PROJECT!
US-based Namit Deshpande has become the first player to be invited to join the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India team camp under the SAI - AIFF Overseas Scouting Project. The central defender presented his playing video, which caught the eye of the scouting team. He was then invited for physical trial rounds where he impressed the coaching staff. For the full story click here
OFFICIAL EMBLEM LAUNCHED FOR FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP INDIA 2017
The organising committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 unveiled the official emblem for what will be the country’s first international football event. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, President - AFC, Mr. Gianni Infantino, President - FIFA, Mr. Vijay Goel, Hon'ble Minister (I/C) - MYA&S and Mr. Praful Patel, President - AIFF. For full news click here.
SAI & AIFF LAUNCH ONLINE PORTAL FOR OVERSEAS SCOUTING
The online portal of the SAI - AIFF Overseas Scouting Project was launched in the presence of Honourable Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel. Through the portal - scouting.the-aiff.com - eligible Indian players living outside India can directly present their playing video to the SAI - AIFF scouts. For full news click here
SAI - AIFF OVERSEAS SCOUTING PROJECT LAUNCHED IN DUBAI
The scouting team led by Mr Abhishek Yadav kicked off the overseas scouting project with a pilot in Dubai
between 9 - 12 June. The trials attracted 240 talented players in the holy month of Ramadan.
BOYS BRAVE THE JUNE HEAT AT THE SAI - AIFF OSP DUBAI TRIALS
From the 240 registered players, the scouting team shortlisted 55 players for round II that included a
practice match against The Indian High School U-18 team. After the practice game, the list was further narrowed to 18 players,
who would play a practice match on 12 June evening against a local U-19 team at the JSS Private School ground.
TALENTED FIVE PLAYERS SHORTLISTED FOR FINAL ROUND OF TRIAL FROM DUBAI
Five players were shortlisted at the trials held in Dubai under the overseas scouting project.
Depending upon the requirements of the team, the players will be asked to report to the India camp for a final round of trials.
The five shortlisted boys with ex-India captain Abhishek Yadav.
SCOUTING TEAM PRESENTS INDIA JERSEY TO HE MR ANURAG BHUSHAN,CG DUBAI
The SAI - AIFF scouting team led by Mr Abhishek Yadav & Mr Mohammad Ali (right) met with HE Mr Anurag Bhushan,
Consul General, Dubai & presented him an India jersey. Mr Bhushan assured the SAI - AIFF team of all the support necessary
for conducting scouting projects in UAE.
15 Sept 2016
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Scouting team in GCC countries
Scouting team in North America
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