All India Football Federation (AIFF)

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is a National Association registered with the Registrar of Societies, Mumbai, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It has it's headquarters in Dwarka, New Delhi. AIFF is neutral in matters of politics and religion and prohibits any form of political, religious, sexual, ethnic, linguistic, regional or racial discrimination. It is formed for an unlimited period. AIFF is a member of FIFA, AFC and Indian Olympic Association and is self obliged to respect the Statues, Regulations, Directives and decisions of FIFA and AFC and to ensure that these are likewise respected by its Members.

AIFF Objectives

  1. To improve and popularise the game of football constantly and promote it throughout India in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes to urban, rural and remote areas including Schools, Colleges and Universities.

  2.  To organise its annual domestic and International Competitions.

  3.  To draw up regulations and provisions and ensure their enforcement.

  4.  To control every type of Association Football including Friendly Matches by taking appropriate steps to prevent infringements of Statues, regulations or decisions of FIFA, AIFF or of the Laws of the Game.

AIFF Organisational Structure 

  1. The General Body is the supreme and Legislative Body.

  2.  The Executive Committee is the Executive Body.

  3. The General Secretariat is the Administrative Body.

  4.  Standing and adhoc committees advice and assist Executive Committees in fulfilling its duties.

  5.  Disciplinary Committee, Appeals Committee, Players Status Committee and the Arbitration Tribunal are the Judicial bodies of the AIFF.

Men's Football

National Teams

National Team Competitions
Hero Intercontinental Cup

National State Competitions
Hero Senior NFC
Hero Junior NFC
Hero Sub-Junior NFC

National Club Competitions
Hero Indian Super League
Hero I-League
Hero 2nd Division
Hero Elite League
Hero Junior League
Hero Sub-Junior League
Hero Super Cup

Women's Football

National Teams

National Team Competitions
Hero World Cup

National State Competitions
Hero Senior Women's NFC
Hero Junior Girl's NFC
Hero Sub Junior Girl's NFC

National Club Competitions
Hero Indian Women's League

AIFF Coaching Education

It plays an integral part in the development structure of football in the country. Coach Education ensures the future quality of football, which lies to a large extent in the hands of qualified coaches, who play a vital role in the development of players and the game. It provides a coach with the appropriate tools and knowledge for his/her development to become a professional in the World of Football.


Football Learning
The AIFF/AFC Coach Education offers various levels of Certification/Diplomas to cater to the needs of mainstream courses

AIFF E Certificate
It is a 4 day introductory course. Besides coaching kids of 6-12 years of age, the course content will also be on Golden Baby Leagues and Futsal. 

AIFF D Certificate
It is used as a ‘recruitment’ tool to select promising future Coaches for the AIFF ‘C’ certificate.

AIFF C Certificate
This course trains the Coaches and develop their basic techniques and skills in football. It is designed to educate coaches to develop and work on their moral behavior and lifestyle. The 12 days course also provides training for the protection of children, on and off the field.

AFC B Diploma
It is a 19 days course for Coaches who already have the ‘C’ certificate. The course is designed to educate coaches in developing a playing style, planning individual, group and team preparation.

AFC A Diploma
It is a 24 days course that is designed to educate Coaches in tactical and technical requirements, leadership qualities, management, player identification, and teaching physiological and psychological needs of the player.

AFC Pro Diploma
The main aim of this course is to produce coaches at the highest level and identify future Instructors. It is for those who already hold the ‘A’ Diploma as a minimum requirement.

AIFF Refereeing Education

This course offers theoretical and practical lessons to candidates on the laws that govern the game and developing the skills to implement them in the correct manner while officiating games. It helps in developing the observation, decision making, communication and management skills of the candidates so that they deliver the highest standards of refereeing the game demands.


They are responsible for officiating state-level competitions organized by the State Associations. CAT 5 courses come under the direct supervision of State Associations.

They are responsible for officiating state-level competitions organized by the State Associations. CAT 4 courses come under the direct supervision of State Associations.

They are responsible for officiating state-level competitions organized by the State Associations. CAT 3 courses come under the direct supervision of State Associations.

They are responsible for officiating all national-level matches. The referee needs again to be active in their state for 365 days as a CAT-3 Referee or assistant referee and he/she must officiate at least 30 matches in their top level of the state league matches before state nominates individual for CAT-2 Exam to be conducted by AIFF. The Referees again need to undergo all the four stages and these all need to be cleared to become CAT-2 Referee (Fitness Test-Theory Exam)

They are responsible for officiating all national-level matches. CAT 2 Referees who officiate and consistently perform really good in all the AIFF competitions are elevated to CAT 1 Referees and Assistant Referees. This provides them an opportunity to officiate in I-League and ISL matches. Depending on their performance at this level they are nominated for FIFA Referees & Assistant Referees by AIFF.

AIFF Accredited Academies

The aim of the FIFA-AIFF Academies would be to produce International quality Players for the National Team and Clubs over the next four years with an eye on participation in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
  1. Reliance Foundation Young Champs
  2. Bengaluru Football Club
  3. Jamshedpur F.C
  4. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools
  5. FC Madras
  6. Boca Juniors Football School
  7. Kenkre FC
  8. Dempo Sports Club
  9. Youth Football Club
  10. Punjab Football Club
  11. United Sports Club
  12. Roots Football School
  13. Sports Hostel Odisha
  14. FC Goa
  15. Sudeva Football Club
  16. Don Bosco Football Academy
  17. Thane - Football School of India
  18. Football Club of Mumbaikars
  19. United Punjab Football Club
  21. Numaligarh Refinery Limited Football Academy
  22. SESA Football Academy
  23. Quess East Bengal
  24. ATK
  25. Round Glass Sports
  26. IRON BORN F.C.
  27. Chennaiyin Football Club
  28. Raman Vijayan Soccer School
  29. Ozone FC Bengaluru
  30. FC Pune City
  31. Jain academy for sporting excellence
  32. Conscient Football
  33. Gokulam Kerala FC
  34. Shillong Lajong FC
  35. Kerala Blasters Football Club
  36. India Rush Soccer Club
  37. Odisha Football Club
  39. Oscar SSE
  40. Kahaani Football Club
  41. J&K State Football Academy
  42. Parappur FC
  43. MUM -Somaiya Sports Academy
  44. Stadium Football Club
  45. Great Goals
  46. Baroda Football Academy
  49. Mohun Bagan
  50. Football Club Mangalore
  51. SAG Football Academy
  52. Salgaocar FC
  53. Dhanbad Football Academy
  54. Sreenidhi Football Club
  55. ATDA Hooghly Football Academy
  56. FC Kerala
  57. AU Rajasthan Football Club
  58. Bangalore Youth Football League
  59. Sports Authority of Jharkhand
  60. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools- Punjab
  61. Maximus Prime Sports
  62. Churchill Brothers FC Goa
  63. Sporting Clube de Goa
  64. Chennai City FC
  65. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools- Bengaluru
  66. Football Academy of Bangalore
  67. ARA FC
  68. Indian Football Academy
  69. Youth Soccer Academy
  71. Raman Sports Academy
  72. Rangdajied United Football Club
  73. Football Plus Professional Soccer Academy
  74. PIFA Sports (Colaba) FC
  75. Aizawl FC
  76. Muthoot Football Academy?
  77. Bhawanipore FC
  78. TYDA
  79. Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee
  80. Guruvayoor Sports Academy
  81. J&K Bank Football Team
  82. Aazura Football Academy
  83. Real Kashmir FC

AIFF Contact Details

All India Football Federation,
Football House, Sector 19, Phase 1
Dwarka, New Delhi: 110075

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