The All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its German counterpart, DFB. The signing of the agreement coincided with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India.
The MoU covers a wide range of areas pertaining to Indian football such as coach education (including grassroots), talent scouting and promotion, deployment of professional referees to India, exchange between national teams etc.
Germany is renowned for its footballing prowess, and the work done by them at the grassroots level can help India to emulate it at domestic level.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in India for a two-day visit during which she will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of bilateral issues and also sign around 20 MoUs.
Angela Merkel will co-chair the fifth IGC alongside PM Modi. Under the IGC format, the counterpart ministers from both countries will hold initial discussions in their respective areas of responsibility.
Germany is India's largest trading partner in Europe and India was ranked 25th in Germany's global trade during 2018.
Germany is the seventh-largest foreign direct investor in India since April 2000.