WITH INDIA HOSTING three major international tournaments within the next 18 months, the BIG one being the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, the long term vision for football development and governance in the rapidly developing Indian sports market is the focus of India Football Forum 2016, the country's annual industry event for major players in the football ecosystem, taking place this year in New Delhi on 03 November.
The hosting of these events, and the engagement activities planned around them have been the catalyst for the strategic decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to support Football in India.
The India Football Forum 2016 will be focusing on how the U-17 World Cup Legacy Plan, Structural Reform, Commercial Exploitation, Operation and Management of Professional Clubs, Big Data, and Application of New Technologies are all essential components of the larger aim of taking the game to the people.Efforts of the ISL and I-League clubs to engage with the communities in their respective catchment areas is another point of discussion at the event, alongside a look at the impact the ongoing restructuring of league football could have on that process.
Forum delegates will also hear from representatives of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, English Premier League, La Liga, FIFA and more, offering a global perspective on growing the base of the Indian football pyramid. Also, learn more about the largest grassroots football development program the country has ever witnessed that is being envisioned by the Reliance Group.
IFF 2016 takes forward SportzPower's ambition to build an interconnected international platform linking India and the global football industry, to push forward the development and prosperity of India's football ecosystem.
Congratulations! The football forum was indeed a success from all front. It was my pleasure to be part of it.,
"I found the Forum insightful and informative. It is good to see focus brought to the global game of Football in India and only by discussing the key issues and opportunities will we grow the game here. The quality of the panel speakers was good and the topics were relevant in the exciting build up to the 2017 FIFA u-17 World Cup being held in India",
"I found the India Football Forum, 2016 quite insightful, informative and relevant. With the 2017 u-17 World Cup less than 12 months away, the panel of speakers provided some really useful ideas on continuing the growth and development of the beautiful game in India",
“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the India Football Forum. The event provided a fantastic platform to network, hear about important Indian football news and share about the work DSK Group is doing to support the growth of the beautiful game with a room full of industry leaders and media. I applaud Thomas and his team at Sportzpower for their efforts to execute and build this conference year after year.”,
Thank you for having me. As always, it was a pleasure to attend the support the Forum.
This year’s speaker list was very impressive and the great thing about the content generated from then Forum is a lot of it is implementable and realistic. If there’s follow-through by the speakers and the Sports Ministry, it will go a long way to ensure the growth of sports in the country. The other impressive bit about the conferences hosted by you is the punctuality; all sessions start and end on time, which is a refreshing change for all of us.
Congratulations on hosting such a fruitful conference once again.,
Thank you for inviting me to the forum, had been part of it as a member of the audience in 2014 and it was a thoroughly entertaining experience to be on the other side of the table this time.
The big takeaway from the Forum is that there are many different stakeholders trying to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of Indian Football, and it is always possible to be on the same stage with them and understand their concerns and listen to their ideas as to what can be done to keep improving the game here in India.,
I compliment you and your able team for organizing such a unique interactive session on football. Wishing you all the very best and assuring full co-operation in any of your future initiatives
You deserve all credit for organising a much-needed platform for stakeholders of the game to interact, communicate and deliberate solutions for better future of the game in India. I must tell you that it was well organised and attendance was also very encouraging
Well done on the conference and best of luck for the future
It was important for me to bring this time my colleague from Borussia Dortmund with me and he was impressed with the network he could get through this forum
|9.30 AM Onwards||Registration|
|10.00 AM||Welcome Address by CONFERENCE CHAIR Ayaz Memon|
|10.10 AM||INAUGURAL ADDRESS :
CHIEF GUEST Shri VIJAY GOEL
Honble Minister of State (Independent Charge),
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
|10.20 AM||SPECIAL ADDRESS :|
|10.30 AM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS :
Mr NITIN KUKREJA, CEO (Sports), STAR India
|10.45 AM||TEA / COFFEE|
|11.00 AM||KNOWLEDGE SESSION
Big Events as Force Multiplier
Hosting major events that are commercially advantageous, and raise the profile of the game in India and India’s presence on the International Stage. Social and economic legacies of U-17 World Cup 2017 both vitally important.
|12.00 PM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS :
ALEX PHILLIPS, Head of Stakeholder Affairs, UEFA - Seconded to AFC
|12.15 PM||KNOWLEDGE SESSION
Building the Future
Provide high quality leadership and support for member federations and the participating community, which continually raises the overall standard, provides opportunities for all, and fosters lifelong support for the game.
|2.15 PM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS :
SUNDAR RAMAN, CEO, Reliance Sports
|2.30 PM||KNOWLEDGE SESSION
Hosting the World Cup calls for large changes in infrastructure. Ensuring that the effects of this event on host India are primarily positive would be a major step for the industry.
|03.45 PM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS :
VINIT KARNIK, National Director – Entertainment, Sports & Live Events, ESP Properties
|04.15 PM||TEA / COFFEE|
|04.30 PM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS :
VICENTE CASADO SALGADO, Director General I Managing Director, International Development, LaLiga
Leagues as Grassroots Development Drivers
Managing a National Competition that is commercially viable and sustainable, is highly popular, and is a distinctive and innovative entertainment option in Indian Sport.
|05.45 PM||VOTE OF THANKS|
|06.00 PM Onwards||COCKTAILS|