Star Sports India Football Forum 2017 to focus on Youth Connect


MUMBAI: THE stupendous success of the 17TH edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India has paved the way for the speedy development of football in the country. Building on that premise, 'Youth Connect - On Ground and in the Digital Arena' will be the principal topic of discussion and analysis during India Football Forum 2017, the country's annual industry event for major players in the football ecosystem, taking place this year at the St Regis in Mumbai on Friday, 15 December.

Co presented by Sony Pictures Networks, IFF 2017 will examine how the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the government propose to take forward the U-17 World Cup Legacy Plan, deliberate on Grassroots Development efforts by the clubs, as well as take up for discussion how Big Data, and Application of New Technologies are all essential components of the larger aim of connecting the game to the people.

Efforts of the ISL clubs to engage with the communities in their respective catchment areas will also be in the spotlight, as too the latest developments in the ongoing restructuring of league football in this market. Representatives of the LaLiga, Borussia Dortmund, and others will offer a global perspective on growing the base of the Indian football pyramid. 

IFF 2017 takes forward SportzPower's ambition to build an interconnected international platform linking India and the global football industry, to push forward the development and prosperity of India's football ecosystem.

Some notable international and national figures who have confirmed their participation at IFF 2017 include: 

•    JAVIER CEPPI, Tournament Director, Local Organising Committee, U-17 FIFA World Cup 2017
•    GAYATRI YADAV, President, Consumer Strategy & Innovation, Star India
•    JOSE ANTONIO CACHAZA, Country Manager India, LaLiga
•    REKHA YADAV, Secretary, Railway Sports Promotion Board
•    PRASANA KRISHNAN, Executive VP & Business Head, Sports Cluster, Sony Pictures Networks India
•    MUSTAFA GHOUSE, CEO, JSW Sports Pvt Ltd
•    ADITI CHAUHAN, professional footballer
•    ROHAN SHARMA, Director, Delhi Dynamos
•    BISWANATH SINHA, Associate Director, Tata Trusts
•    ROHIT SARMA, Business Head – TV, BARC India
•    VIVEK SETHIA, Chief Executive Officer, India on Track (IOT)
•    HENRY MENEZES, CEO, Western India Football Association
•    PIYUSH KUMAR, founder, Rooter
•    CHETAN MISRA, Founder, FootballLink
•    SUPRATIK SEN, Co-Founder & CEO Usports
•    NILESH KULKARNI, director, International Institute of Sports Management
•    NEERAJ ATHALYE, head, Leonardo Business, SAP Indian Subcontinent
•    SUBHAYU ROY, head, Content Distribution, South Asia, Perform Group
•    SUNANDO DHAR, CEO, I-League
•    MAYANK KHANDWALA, President, Cutting Edge Events Pvt Ltd
•    INDRANIL DAS BLAH, CEO, Mumbai City FC; Founding Partner CAA KWAN
•    VINIT KARNIK, National Director – Entertainment, Sports & Live Events, ESP Properties
•    JITENDRA JOSHI, Co-founder, Director, SportzConsult
•    HRISHIKESH SHENDE, Director – Football & Basketball, adidas India
•    NEEL SHAH, Head Sports Education & New Business, India On Track 

Mumbai District Football Association Aaditya Thackeray will deliver a special address at the IFF 2017.

Chaired by noted sports writer, commentator and thinker Ayaz Memon, the India Football Forum 2017 is a must attend for anyone looking for a broader perspective and key insights into the opportunities available and challenges that await in what is the most exciting sports and media market in the world at present.

The IFF 2017 will see the sports industry's best minds dissect various topics under these heads -

“Youth Connect Critical to Take Football Pan India”
•    Leveraging India's success in hosting U-17 World Cup 
•    Need is to strengthen the base
•    Mission XI Million legacy project's delivery on the ground  
•    What next on Mission to take football pan-India 
•    Government role in building the football ecosystem 

“Traditional TV and the Digital Future”
•    Broadcasters upping their game
•    For Generation X 
•    Millennials redefining sports consumption

Big Data: The Winning Formula”
•    How big data can change football on and off the field 
•    Application of new technologies
•    Analytics – the game changer

“Building the Talent Quotient” 
•    When Football academies do it right 
•    Women's Football – the next big thing
•    Clubs crucial to game's growth in their catchment areas
•    International best practices

IFF 2017 takes forward SportzPower's ambition to build an interconnected international platform linking India and the global football industry, to push forward the development and prosperity of India's football ecosystem.

Established in 2010, the India Football Forum, the flagship property of the SportzPower Knowledge Series (SKS), brings together some of the best minds in the industry on one platform for what is the definitive conference on the business of football in this market.

The Lead Partner for IFF 2017 is STAR Sports, while the Platinum Partner is SONY Pictures Networks. The Knowledge Session Partners are Cutting Edge Events, Mumbai City FC, adidas and SportzConsult. Other Partners include IISM, Mumbai Live, ESP Properties and The Fan Garage.