AIFF: Coca Cola Cup to help scout for U-17 World Cup

With less than a year left, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is providing young footballers across the country another chance at selection for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 through the Coca Cola Cup.

AIFF, in association with Coca Cola, will be scouting talent from the tournament which will be held across 11 States in December-January 2017.   -  the-aiff.com

With less than a year left, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is providing young footballers across the country another chance at selection for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 through the Coca Cola Cup.

AIFF, in association with Coca Cola, will be scouting talent from the tournament which will be held across 11 States in December-January 2017.

“I am sure the Coca Cola Cup will help us to unearth talent for the World Cup squad. The tournament offers all perhaps the last chance to get selected for the team,” Abhishek Yadav, Director, Scouting, AIFF told www.the-aiff.com.

Boys born on or after January 1, 2000 are eligible to participate in the tournament.

Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF, said that the tournament has helped in “getting youth football organised in India.”

“Among other things, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be a culmination of our partnership and work that we have jointly put in youth football development in India over the years,” Das stated.

“Coca Cola has been a partner of AIFF for over seven years and their contribution has helped us immensely in getting youth football organised,” he added.

Keeping in mind next year's U-17 World Cup, the AIFF has been relentlessly scouting all over the country for potential talent. Barely a week back, Yadav scouted four promising boys who have been called for further trials by head coach Nicolai Adam.

Yadav, a former Indian captain, has scouted 11 boys, all of whom represented India in the AFC U-16 Finals and the BRICS Cup held earlier this year.

Schools interested in participating in the Coca Cola Cup can either get in touch with their State Football Federations or directly register themselves on: www.the-aiff.com/cocacola by December 10, 2016.

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