"What has been a great revelation in 2015 is the development of the U-17 World Cup team. I have watched them play a few times. They played in Spain. They qualified for the AFC under-16 Championship for 2016 by merit even though we had an automatic berth," Das said at the launch of I-League here.
"But the way the team is developing. The way the head coach Nicolai Adams is doing his job, I think this might be the game-changer. This team would be a very competitive team in the 2017 World Cup and I am really hopeful that this will be the beginning of a new era for Indian football," Das said.
Das said 11 states till now have adopted the 'Grassroot Programmes' which was launched sometime back adding they have launched a state development initiative, in order to develop
the capacity of the six world Cup venues.
He also pointed out about the rise in investment in football which has tripled in the last two years largely due to the investments of the ISL clubs as they contribute more than 80 percent of that.

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