Recognised By
All India Football Federation (AIFF)

General provisions


Incubated By
SportingLions Foundation


SportingLions Foundation is a Not for Profit Company wholly owned by Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent Charity trust.

The Willingdon Charity Trust is part of the Lions Clubs International as an associate engaged in Community welfare activities including Promoting Sports.

Lions International contribution to formation UN Charter for NGOs is well known therefore when the issue of AIFC came to be discussed SportingLions Foundation with its background for sports and management under its Not for Profit umbrella decided to incubate this Association for a period until it is able to function on its own SportingLions Foundation will therefore bring to the table formation of objectives and drawing up of the Charter, providing for management and doing all such things required to making AIFC a transparent body in its endeavour to develop football in India

AIFC Covid-19 Coach Stimulus Program

AIFC launches a campaign -- #AIFCforCoaches - AIFC Covid-19 Coach Stimulus Program is an initiative undertaken by the SportingLions Foundation supported by GiveIndia Foundation. This is being done in order to help several coaches who have been affected because of the current pandemic situation due to which their income has stopped. We intend to support and provide three-month basic supplies to 1000 coaches across the country. We have already appointed state & zonal coordinators who will identify these coaches. To know more, READ and to lend your valuable contribution to this cause, DONATE NOW.

About The AIFC

The Association of Indian Football Coaches is the premier association of coaches in India. The AIFC is recognized by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Indian football has been growing at a rapid rate and alongside this development has come professionalism. The impact of a coach is widespread; one coach can impact an entire team. Envision the impact that the AIFC can have on the development of football in India. Coaches in India have come together to exchange ideas, working in cohesive solidarity for the welfare and assurance of coaches and the improvement of the sport.

Come join us and let’s journey together!

Vision Statement

We exist to advance and improve football coaching through education, exchange of ideas and welfare of the coaches in India.

Mission Statement

  • Coaches welfare
  • CPD's & Refresher courses
  • Trainings, workshops & seminars
  • Resource material
  • Exchange of ideas between coaches and other coach associations
  • Webinars
  • Conferences
  • Assist in license courses
Recognised By
All India Football Federation (AIFF)

Incubated By
SportingLions Foundation


"It gives me great pleasure to note that The Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) has been formed for the development and growth of Indian coaches through various interactive programs and seminars. There is a tremendous impetus in Indian football especially after hosting the FIFA U 17 World Cup in October 2017 and it is the right time to build on the fundamental ecosystem of football like grassroots, youth and coach education. It is important to develop Indian coaches taking into account the number of new youth leagues which the AIFF has introduced and the level of participation in such leagues. I am sure the AIFC will contribute immensely to this development and I wish them the very best in their endeavours."

Kushal Das
General Secretary
All India Football Federation (AIFF)

"A great initiative to form the Association of Indian Football Coaches which was missing all along. Working together in affiliation with AIFF to work on CPD programs, having more refresher courses and to keep the coaches updated with the latest know how would be the prime target and focus of the association. Wishing the association all success for a long and healthy relationship with all Indian coaches."

Savio Medeira
Head of Coach Education
All India Football Federation (AIFF)

"From my experience of football in India during the FIFA U17 World Cup, it's clear that the nation has an overwhelming appetite for the game with huge potential for growth. During that period, I was fortunate to meet some talented and passionate Indian coaches who are determined to better themselves for the benefit of football in India. Here at the English FA based out of St. George's Park, we're fully aware that coach education is the key to advancing the sport so the formation of the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) sounds like a real opportunity to take football in India on to the next level."

Steve Cooper
Head Coach - England
FIFA U-17 World Cup Winning Team

"In addition to the work done by AIFF in coach development, there should also be independent efforts by other stakeholders to improve the knowledge base of Indian coaches. AIFC can play an important role in this regard."

Kishore Taid
Ex - Chief Operations Officer
All India Football Federation (AIFF)


Shri. Derrick Pereira plied his trade with Salgaocar SC & Tata Football Academy while also turning out for the Indian national team, participating in the 1984 AFC Asian Cup. As a coach he has managed a host of teams that include Vasco SC, DSK Shivajians, Mahindra United, Salgaocar SC & Churchill Brothers before taking charge of FC Goa from 2017.

Derrick Pereira
AFC Pro License
Currently with FC Goa (ISL)

I M Vijayan. The first player to win multiple 'Indian Player of the Year' Awards in 1993, 1997 & 1999. He scored 43 goals in 72 appearances for the Indian national team. He played for JCT, Mohan Bagan FC Kochin, East Bengal Club & Churchill Brothers SC. He was appointed the National Observer by the Ministry of Youth & Sports Affairs, Government of India. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003.

I M Vijayan
AFC B License, Arjuna Awardee
Black Pearl of Indian Football

Mohan Bagan AC is the club with whom Shri Sanjoy Sen won the Hero I-League and the Hero Federation Cup. Previously having led Mohammedan Sporting to promotion from I-League 2 nd Division as well as managed Chirag United (now known as Prayag United SC)

Sanjoy Sen
AFC A License
Currently with ATKMB (ISL)

Shillong Lajong FC was the team that Shri. Thangboi Singto coached from 2009 before taking the reins as a manager in 2013. He is currently assistant coach and Technical Director of Youth Development for Kerala Blasters.

Thangboi Singto
AFC Pro License
Currently with HFC (ISL)

Dinesh Nair - The FC Kochin & Mohan Bagan AC player also played for the Indian national team. He is current Head of Youth & Grassroots Development at Mumbai City FC. He is also a Trustee at Mumbai Football Arena, AIFF Development Officer.

Dinesh Nair
AFC A License
Currently with Mumbai City FC (ISL)