The world of football never stands still – the search for innovation, new ideas, fresh departures and consistent progress takes place every day. In line with its remit as modern football's governing body,has an unquenchable thirst to see the game develop in a wide variety of areas, in particular with the help of its national associations, which are vital sources of knowledge and know-how.
On and off the field, one of GFA's key objectives since its foundation has been to foster the continual improvement of the Indian football, and to help each academy under its wing to nurture their own domestic structures through constant mutual dialogue, sage advice, financial and other support, events, conferences and workshops bringing associations together for discussion and the exchange of ideas, and educational programmes which are an essential source of learning for the present and future.
In technical terms, this means coach education. GFA and the associations strive to train those who are responsible for nurturing footballers, in particular youngsters, and prepare coaches for what is a challenging profession. It means the grassroots, and ensuring that everyone can experience the joy of the game at whatever level they aspire to – especially the young as an entrance into the sport. It means giving young players a taste of international football at an early stage through development tournaments. And it means solidarity, with the larger countries passing on invaluable expertise to their smaller counterparts who are eager to take giant steps forward.