The first-ever IFA Round Table will take place in New Delhi on Thursday, September 9 at the The Imperial hotel in central Delhi. A few hand-picked experts will discuss in a close door event the current situation of the Indian football market plus look at ways in which Indian football can develop and move forward in the coming years. I have been given the task to moderate and guide the talks and discussions over the day. And I hope we will not just talk, but have fruitful discussions which will take Indian football forward.
The Zurich-based International Football Arena is organising the round table. It is their first such round table event plus their first-ever event into India. The IFA has been organising a yearly football congress in Zurich for over a decade and since 2006 a second event has been held each year in Asia. They have held events in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, now New Delhi is being added to that list while Qatar is set to host the next event in January 2011 during the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
The IFA conferences are designed to facilitate the global transfer of knowledge within the world of football. Over the years, IFA has become the leading marketplace for quality encounters within the football industry. It is the leading and foremost event for the business of football and football's global leaders.
And India is not new as a theme for IFA. In November 2008 India was one of the headline topics on their 10th anniversary. The event was held at the auditorium of FIFA House in Zurich and I had the honour and task of making a 40 minute introductory speech-cum-lecture on Indian football's past, present and possible future with two panel discussions to follow it up.
September 9, 2010
The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi
Timetable for Day
10.00 Welcome coffee
10.30 – 12.30 IFA Round Table Part I
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch, 1911 Restaurant
14.00 – 16.30 IFA Round Table Part II (with a break in-between)
16.30 – 17.00 Cocktail reception
17.00 – 18.00 Media Round Table
For more on the International Football Arena go to their website www.internationalfootball.com/ .