Kolkata: West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra on Friday said he would request for a FIFA academy in North Bengal when he meets the world football federation president, Joseph Sepp Blatter, in New Delhi this evening.

Before heading off to the capital on an invitation from the All India Football Federation, Mitra said, "It will be a proud moment for me if I get a chance to meet him. I want to put Bengal on the world football map. So I am looking forward to meeting the president. I've a few proposals. But top on the list is a FIFA academy in North Bengal."

"I am aware of the regional academy coming up in Pailan. It would be really nice if FIFA gives the nod for another, maybe in Siliguri. We can tap the talent from north-east region by setting up an academy there," Mitra said.

The AIFF is setting up four regional academies and an elite academy and a two-member FIFA technical team had already visited the sites.

In phase one of the project, four regional academies would be set up in Bangalore (Goal Project), Kolkata (Pailan World School), Mumbai and Delhi by this year. In the next phase, academies have been planned in Chennai, Chandigarh and Kerala.