Let me ask you a very simple question how do you think are stars in our current Indian Football Team lineup while answering this you don’t need to scratch your head as the answer is our Captain fantastic “Sunil Chhetri” apart from him you can’t call other players as stars they are players some are very good but ideally speaking barring Chhetri we need to develop few players as stars in years to come as Chhetri can maximum play for 3-4 years considering his age or maybe 5 but what would happen after 5 years if we don’t develop stars now.
For those who are thinking about why it is important to create stars as we have good players to answer this question, I would simply say budding players or fans need heroes in their ecosystem to take inspiration from and take football as a profession. Let us ponder a few reasons which the Indian football ecosystem needs to improve in detail.
- ISL is a great product of the Indian football ecosystem with 11 teams playing in this league it is important for concerned authorities to upscale the quality of football as most of these players who play in ISL and then get an opportunity to represent India tends to develop a defensive mindset which is not good for the game at all.
- Indian football grounds need a revamp and that needs to be done as early as possible.
- AIFF and the concerned authorities tend to take steps to promote this game in-country and advertise this game in such a way that fans gets attracted to watch the match live inside the stadium.
- Indian players who have special talent need to be spotted early for that we need a good talent scouting ecosystem so that talent can be identified early and they can be groomed properly so that they are ready for any big challenge.
- Continous backing of players is needed who are good at particular positions be it (Defender, Midfielder or Forward) despite a few players’ poor form.