India have previously signed such memorandums with Germany and Japan in 2015.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a historic MOU with KNVB, the governing body of football in The Netherlands on Thursday (May 24, 2018). Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF and Gijs de Jong, Secretary-General, KNVB signed on the dotted lines on the MOU.

The MOU primarily focusses on strengthening three key aspects of Football in India – the Youth Development Programme, Women’s Football and Coach Education.

Expressing his pleasure in formalising the relationship with KNVB which started back in 2011, Das said: “It’s great to sign a formal MOU with KNVB. Our relationship with Dutch football started way back in 2011 when Mr Robert Baan joined us as the Technical Director. He had created our roadmap – the Laskhya which we are still following.”


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“Women’s Football is something which we are looking at in a bigger way. We have already started our conversation with KNVB regarding the improvement of Indian women coaches. Moreover, we’ll be grateful if someone comes here to help us excel in Women’s football,” he stated.

Gijs de Jong, Secretary-General, KNVB, also expressed his “delight” to sign the MOU.

“To be honest, we’re very proud to sign such an MOU with a football federation like All India Football Federation. We have some experience on the world stage and India is a massive country with a huge talent pool. Hopefully, we can collaborate and help each other,” he maintained.

“If we both head in the right direction we can play the FIFA Women’s World Cup together in the near future,” de Long felt.