The AIFF Masters program is the first of its kind -- a National Sports Federation-led Football Management Program run by the All India Football Federation, in association with La Liga club Cádiz CF (Cádiz Club de Fútbol). This arrangement enables students in the Program to study in three cities over the course of a year – New Delhi, Mumbai, and Cádiz (Spain).
AIFF Masters provides students with complete hands-on experiential training on every aspect of football in India and abroad. Candidates will be given an experience of live tournaments, match staging, clubs and team management, data management and analysis, leadership and project management skills, contractual and legal obligations, sponsorship marketing and business communication.
The Program provides students with a structured insight into the governance of world football as laid down in FIFA and AFC statutes and an understanding of the plethora of rules and regulations for managing football in India.
It is also in line with best practices across the world including player status and competition regulations, terms of reference and functioning of standing and judicial committees, finance and budgetary control, integrity, anti-racism and anti-doping regulations.
The flagship program will be producing Football Managers with world-class management skills to work towards the growth of the sport in the country. The program lays special emphasis on inculcating critical concepts and strategies paramount to move towards the right direction, especially in the post COVID-19 world.
No. Individuals from all backgrounds are welcome. We are here to help build the foundation of individuals wanting to start a career in sport.
Students of undergraduate degrees in any fields are allowed to apply for the program.
Performance in the CAT and Personal Interview are the twin components of selection for the Program.
The next batch will start in July 2021 and the convocation ceremony will be in July 2022.
Over the past decade, the penetration of Football has become ubiquitous at every level of educational, social and economic strata of Indian Society. An offshoot of this feverish adoption of Football has been the proliferation of teams, clubs, coaches, academies and leagues.
It has thus become imperative for the Governing body of Football in India to train and skill high-functioning football managers to facilitate this growth optimally and to scale the value proposition of the sport at all levels.
Hence, this Program aims to propagate the contemporary and cutting-edge strategies and techniques in use around the world in planning, research, marketing and assessment of Football.
This 52-week hands-on, practical program takes the Vocational Education route to ensure that knowledge is not only learned but also applied by the Candidates throughout the year.
Football Club Management and Governance - Manuel Vizcaino and Enrique Pérez
Match Operations - Jose Grima
Player Scouting and Transfers - Òscar Arias
Sponsorship Marketing - Jaime Castellets
International Legal Contracts and Agreements - Enrique Pérez
Coaching and Training techniques - Enrique González
Technical Elements and Forces in Football –Eelco Schattorie
Football Psychology – Guillermo Sanchez
All Head of Departments at All India Football Federation
Most candidates will explicitly pursue their own dreams, right from the commencement of the Program as today's burgeoning football managers are clear about their career pathways in opportunities spanning a wide spectrum of job profiles across ISL/I-League Teams, State Football Associations and Football Marketing Organizations:
The fees, which include complete tuition in three cities, international flights, accommodation and meals for the month-long stay in Spain, is Rs. 12,71,187. An 18% GST is applicable on this fee bringing the total fee payable to Rs. 15 lacs.
Yes. Student loans will be facilitated by our office upon successfully gaining admission into the Program. We are here to ensure that a candidate’s desire to carve out a career in football is not stymied by lack of funds.