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Football is one of the prioritized sports disciplines in Kerala based on the performance at National and international level. In Kerala, much importance is not given to the under 12 category in football. For performance enhancement, training at grass root level with inter club competitions and inter district tournaments has to be promoted. Many developed countries start talent hunt for children below 10 years of age and train them very professionally through organized and systematic training strategies. The grass root training programme aims to bring up talented children from sub urban, rural, tribal and other less tapped areas by catching them young.

The DSYA (Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs) has collaborated with experienced organizations in this field who have proved their mettle for at least 10 years and have established training centres all over Kerala and gained experience in selection, training, and operation of these training centres.

In each district, minimum one training centre will be set up, and 25 boys will be selected and trained by experienced coaches. The selection process is elaborate and will be done in two phases. In the first phase boys born between 01.01.2007 and 31.12.2008 (both the dates inclusive) are registered for selection. Three tests viz. zigzag, 2 vs 2, and speed test(see the video gallery) are conducted for all the registered candidates and the best 50 are selected for preparatory camp. In case of tie between two candidates obtaining same total score, their speed test will be the deciding factor, and the faster player will get priority. In case of further tie in the speed test, the taller player will be given preference.

After 4 days' preparatory camp of one hour each, 25 will be finally selected out of the 50 candidates, for the KickOff training program. There will be two additional tests as Kicking Back and Shooting. In case of ties the same logic as in the preliminary selection applies here as well.

The registration and selection procedures are computerised to keep transparency and efficiency of the process. Each centre will have an administrator who will in turn report to the Super Administrator in the Head Quarters.

The attendance and performance of the boys will be monitored via computerised procedures.

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V. P. Sathyan

Vatta Parambath Sathyan (29 April 1965 – 18 July 2006), popularly known as V. P. Sathyan, was a former Indian professional footballer who played the centre back position. He was the captain of the India national football team from 1991 to 1995. He was named the 1995 All India Football Federation (AIFF) player of the year.


I.M. Vijayan

Inivalappil Mani Vijayan, (born 25 April 1969) is a former professional Indian football player. Playing in the striker position, he formed a successful attacking partnership with Bhaichung Bhutia for the Indian national team in the late nineties and early 2000s. Vijayan was crowned Indian Player of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999, the first player to win the award multiple times. He was also awarded the Arjuna award in 2003.


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