It is often said in football that to succeed at an international level, a country needs to spot talent at a very young age – often the U-12 and U-14 age groups and then nurture them. It is a common practice in the European countries and as expected, they lead the World Rankings. India, not to be left behind, has started a youth development program and the positives are already beginning to surface. In this feature on the youth development in India, TheHardTackle reviews the performances of the various age group teams last year and then talks about the recently concluded AIFF U-14 Football Fest held in Kalyani, besides profiling the personnel involved in the youth development in India 2011 Rewind: A Review of Performances of Age Group Teams The U-16 team reached the finals of the first ever SAFFAi?? U-16 tournament losing to arch rivals Pakistan in the final. This set the tone for the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in […]
In the third and last part of this series TheHardTackle takes a look at the German national team which is reaping the benefits of employing a well-timed youth development program in their country and how implementing such kind of a model would prove to be beneficial for India as well.