Know the best football coaching academies of India

Slowly but steadily football has been regaining its lost popularity in India. The guardians are now interested to send their children in the football academies for scientific training. This article provides the details of top football academies of India.

The British introduced football in India. Indian people accepted football whole-heartedly and within a very short period, it became the most popular sports of India. The reasons behind it are very simple; football requires minimum equipment. It can be played anywhere, even in small villages and the rules of football are very simple. The love for football of Indians became more pronounced when Mohan Began Club of Kolkata won the prestigious IFA Shield in 1911 defeating East Yorkshire Regiment in 1911. This historic event was also associated with the freedom movement of the country. Even after independence, football remained the most popular game of the country. During the 50s and 60s, Indian football team won many trophies and medals in international competitions, the last of which was bronze medal in Asian Games at Bangkok in 1970. However, the downfall of Indian football started in 1970s. At the same time, the popularity of cricket started increasing because of the success of Indian cricket team abroad (1971 Series win against West Indies and England). After Indian Cricket team's victory in 1983 World Cup, the popularity of cricket surpassed football. During 1990s and early part of 2000s, the popularity of football reached at its ebb.

However, after introduction of Indian Super League (ISL) in football, Indian football has been slowly regaining its lost popularity. Many guardians are trying to make their children footballers because of various opportunities which have started coming in football. Many football academies have started functioning all over the country where young children are being trained. In this article we are going to discuss some excellent football academies are training promising footballer since their adolescence.

Premier Indian Football Academy (PIFA), Mumbai

This Academy was established in 2002 by Nirvan Shah and Anjali Shah in Mumbai. It has been established to promote football in India. Nirvan Shah is a prominent sports figure in Mumbai' Football community for the last 18 years whereas Anjali Shah has served as the chairperson of the women's football committee for Maharashtra State. PIFA has tied up with the best youth academy soccer school in the world such as AC Milan Team Camp, BCSSA, H8S-Barcelona, Cruziero EC, Madrid Fundacion, Coaching Connexions and Rangers Soccer School. In India, this school has affiliations with Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), Western India Football Association (WIFA), All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Ministry of State for Sports & Youth Development .
Address: MG Road, Bombay Gymkhana, Mumbai
Contact No.: 09820968365

Tata Football Academy (TFA), Jamshedpur

Jamsetji Nusserwanji (JN) Tata is known to have a lot of admiration and commitment towards sports and confirming this, the stell magnate advised his son, Sir Dorab Tata, to develop and promote football, hockey and parks among other things in India. To fulfill this dream of JN Tata, JRD Tata established Tata Football Academy (TFA). It is the oldest modern football academy of the country
Location: Inner Circle Road, Bistupur, Jamshedpur
Telephone Nos: 0657-2221736, 0657-2142137

Navi Mumbai Regional Academy (affiliated to AIFF)

This academy was established in 2013. It is based at Agnel Technical Education Complex, Vashi, Navi Mumbai is a bi-partite effort and a collaboration between AIFF and Fr. Agnel Charities.
Location: Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Kolkata Regional Academy, Pailan (affiliated to AIFF)

This soccer school was launched in 2012 and is a joint venture between AIFf and Pailan Group where the infrastructure for accommodation is facilitated by Pailan Group while the training along with the technical expertise, training equipment, coaches alongside the players are recruited by the AIFF. Address:
Location: Pailan, West Bengal

Goa Regional Academy, Panaji (affiliated to AIFF)

Established in 2014, the Goa Academy is based at the AIFF Training Centre, Goa. The academy can accommodate 35 players.

Goa Elite Academy, Panaji (affiliated to AIFF)

Established in 2013, Elite Academy in Goa can accommodate a maximum of 30 players/trainees at a time. This academy is also managed by AIFF.

Bhaichung Bhutia Football School (BBFS)

Established by Bhaichung Bhutia, India's longest-serving football captain, BBFS has seven centers in Delhi/NCR, two centers in Chandigarh and one each in Mumbai and Jammu. BBFS primarily caters to children in the age group of 5 to 18 years. This is one of the best private football academies.
Address: Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Jammu
Contact Nos.: Delhi/NCR & Rest of India: 91-9582008744; Mumbai: 91-9833924953; Bengaluru: 91-9620744677; Chandigarh: 91-7307399986; Dehradun: 91-8447807996
Website :

Indian Tigers Football Academy, Mumbai

The academy was established in 2008 by Chelsea Players Gareth Hall, David Lee and Sherley Singh. Indian Tigers Football Academy has highly experienced Indian and international coaches.
Address: Andheri (East), Mumbai
Contact No.: 022-66925792/022-66925825

Hindustan Football Academy, New Delhi

It is one of the oldest football academies of Delhi and was established in 2000.
Address: K-2099A, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi – 110019
Contact No.: 91-9811797959

Mohun Bagan Sail Football Academy

This is one of the best football academies of West Bengal with all modern facilities.
Address: Tagore Guest House (North Block), Priyodarshini Indira Sarani, A-Zone, Durgapur-713204, West Bengal
Contact No.: 0343-2602460/2602590

Sesa Football Academy, Goa

It is a very popular football academy of Goa managed by Sesa. It is located at Sanquelim, Goa. The academy was founded in 1999.
Address: H.N. 237, Bella Vista Wado, PO Tivim, Sirsaim, Bardez – 403502
Contact No.: 0832-2913034

Dempo Football Academy

This is another popular football academy of Goa managed by Dempo Sports Club.
Address: Dempo Sports Club, Dempo House, Near Panjim Market, Campal, Panaji, Goa
Contact No.: 0832-2441444

East Bengal Football School, Kolkata

A very modern football academy of Kolkata managed by East Bengal football Club.
Address: Kingfisher East Bengal Football Team(P) Ltd., Kolkata – 700021.
Contact No.: 033-2248-4642, 2210 0060

Pune United Football Academy

A modern football academy for the young football players of Mahrashtra.
Address: 25 Lulla Nagar, Sahaney Sujan Park, Pune, Maharashtra – 411040
Contact No.: 020-26831180

Shillong Lajong Football Club Academy, Shillong

Shillong Lajong Football Club was formed in 1983.This is the best football academy of North-East. This academy has been playing a pivotal role in the steady progress of North-Eastern states in Indian football.
Address: Police Bazar Shillong, Meghalaya
Contact: Through Website

Concluding comments

The aforestated academies provide modern infrastructures and training facilities for promising football players of the country. The apiring footballers in their aolescence and teens can avail modern training in football from these academies spread all over India.

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