AIFF Announces Minimum Wage For Women Players, One of the primary proposals from the AIFF was to ensure that every female football player in the IWL receives a minimum wage of Rs 3.2 lakhs per season.
AIFF Announces Minimum Wage For Women Players
On Friday, the AIFF Announces Minimum Wage for female football players who are playing in the Indian Women’s League (IWL). Additionally, they launched a youth developmental program called ‘Project Diamond‘, which aims to bring together the most talented young players from ISL, I-League, and AIFF Elite Clubs. The program aims to create a pool of players from which a star player could emerge.
As Per AIFF Announces Minimum Wage, The AIFF executive committee meeting on Friday announced the return of PSU clubs to form a semi-professional/amateur league. This move would provide opportunities for footballers in the lower rungs to secure jobs with PSUs. Additionally, a two-year stop to international players in I-League 2 and state leagues was also declared. This decision aims to give local players a chance to play in central roles across the pitch.
A Livelihood On Offer
The AIFF Announces Minimum Wage with significant change, which is to provide a minimum wage of Rs 3.2 lakhs per season to every woman footballer in the IWL. Shaji Prabhakaran, the AIFF secretary general, explained that this move would boost the football economy and enable clubs to expand.
“We need a better structure for women’s football to grow. So far, the IWL wasn’t a league, it was a tournament,” – said Prabhakaran. According to his statement, the IWL will undergo some changes in the upcoming seasons. Starting from the next season, it will be an eight-team league with home and away games. The following season will have ten teams playing home and away matches. After that, the relegation system will be introduced in the league. Finally, the 25-26 women’s season will have a four-tier structure.
“With this, those playing for the national team will play a minimum of 25-40 games. Fixing the structure helps them economically grow as well. Without economic value, most of these players don’t continue,” – added Prabhakaran.
During the Vision 2047 roadmap press conference earlier this year, there were mentions of discovering a star player in India. Recently AIFF Announces Minimum Wage, the AIFF has emphasized that finding a player who can transcend the game in the country is a top priority.
“Project Diamond is to create an iconic star player. The project will be a collaboration between our elite academies, ISL clubs and I-League clubs that invest in youth development. Today we don’t have an elite player development pathway. We want to create this and here the ‘Talent Development Scheme’ of FIFA will come into play. If 20 clubs or academies can be a part of this elite structure, that will give us 600-1000 youth players in one age category,” – said Prabhakaran. AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey confirmed that the Arsene Wenger-led TDS will be arriving in India on May 3.
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Return of PSUs
AIFF Announces Minimum Wage for Women Footballer Player, In addition to that, the AIFF declared the launch of a 10-team institutional league that will feature home and away games. The concept of reintroducing a Public Sector Undertaking team to football was aimed at establishing a league for semi-professional/amateur players. This league would provide job opportunities for these players in the same teams they play for.
Another initiative in the pipeline is the revamping of the grassroots structure, which is called ‘Blue Cubs.’ This program will run parallel to Project Diamond and will concentrate on identifying and nurturing talent at the earliest stages. The program will involve NGOs, clubs, and schools and is a part of the Vision 2047 pledge, which aims to provide football education to 25 million children. This is in line with FIFA’s ‘Football for Schools’ project.
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