New Delhi: All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German Football Association (DFB) in Delhi on Friday (November 1).

The signing of the agreement coincided with German chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Kushal Das, general secretary, AIFF and Friedrich Curtius, general secretary, DFB, signed the document to formalise the relationship between the two football governing bodies.

The MoU was signed in the presence of joint secretaries — Inderjit Dhamija, and L S Singh. Swati Kothari, General Manager, AIFF, and Fabian Ulrich, Head of international relations and strategic projects were also present on the occasion.

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 and visit of DFB all-star team (if feasible), joint marketing initiatives and sports administration via discussions on their competition management solutions. Football cooperation among states is also one of the agendas in the respective government's discussion.

Conveying his delight at the MoU, Das said: "It is a great honour for AIFF to get into this agreement with DFB. I am sure this will immensely benefit Indian football significantly. The signing of the MoU coincides with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to India and her talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries."

"Germany are renowned for their footballing prowess, and the work done by them at the grassroots level stands out. The MoU represents a great opportunity to learn from their experience and expertise through mutual cooperation and collaboration," he added.