National coach to be onboard by July end: AIFF President

NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation’s advertisement inviting applications for the vacant post of Senior National Men’s Team head coach has evoked an overwhelming response.

As the window for applying for the post ended on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, a total of 291 applications were received from all over the world. Out of this, 100 applicants have UEFA Pro License diplomas against their names. While 20 of the applicants hold AFC Pro License diplomas, three have CONMEBOL licenses.

The AIFF will scrutinise all the applications and shortlist suitable candidates for the coveted job.

The AIFF President, Mr. Kalyan Chaubey said, “We have received an overwhelming response with some of the marquee names having expressed their interest in India.

“As we get ready to write a new chapter in Indian football, it’s crucial for us to have a coach who is committed to the development of Indian football, to understand our culture and help design the national football philosophy.

“We are hoping to onboard the candidate by end July, to ensure India utilise the September FIFA window participation. As a next step, our committee headed by AIFF Vice President Mr. NA Haris (along with Committee Chairpersons of Technical, I-League, Competitions, Finance, Development and the Treasurer) will review the applications, before placing the select list to the Executive Committee,” said Mr. Chaubey.