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Bengaluru FC bag best academy award, Mizoram best FA in AIFF Grassroots Awards 2023

Published at :February 22, 2024 at 1:30 PM
Modified at :February 22, 2024 at 1:30 PM
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The AIFF Grassroots Awards were divided into three categories.

The All India Football Federation announced that it is taking a significant step towards the upliftment of grassroots football across the nation.

To that extent, the Federation has introduced a first of its kind AIFF Grassroots Awards 2023 to acknowledge and appreciate the entities that have made exceptional contributions at the grassroots level.

The awards have been divided into three categories – Stakeholders, Event Operations, and Special Initiatives. A Presidential Award will also be accorded to five individuals for their service to grassroots football over the years.

All entities that applied for the awards were thoroughly examined by the Federation before deciding the final winners, who will also be eligible for nomination to the upcoming AFC Grassroots Awards 2023.

Below are the list of AIFF Grassroots Award winners from 2023.


  • Best School: Ryan Group of Schools, Maharashtra
  • Best Grassroots Academy: Khelum Foundation, Sikkim
  • Best Professional Academy: Bengaluru FC, Karnataka
  • Best State FA: Mizoram Football Association

Event Operations:

  • Best Engagement: Young Star FC, Haryana
  • Best Event Organisation: Momin FC, Maharashtra
  • Best Volunteer Programme: Oscar Foundation, Maharashtra
  • Best Activity Programme: Warming Up Kids, West Bengal

Special Initiatives:

  • Best Kindergarten Initiatives: Great Goals FC, Tamil Nadu
  • Best Social Initiative: Slum Soccer, Maharashtra
  • Best Women’s Initiative: Naandi Foundation
  • Best Disability Initiative: FC Goa
  • Best Rural Development Programme: Tata Steel Foundation, Jharkhand
  • Best Legacy Programme: Anantapur Sports Academy, Andhra Pradesh

President’s Awards: Mr. Vishal Vaza (Bhavnagar FA, Gujarat), Mr. Nathaniel D’Costa (FC Goa), Mr. Sai Adithya Saravanan (First Kick School of Soccer), Mr. Nikolaos Topoliatis (Punjab FC), Mr. Ganesh Prabhu (Chennaiyin FC).

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