Goa''s Youth Football Development Programme was launched in 1998, with financial support from Kannan Devan, a subsidiary of the Tata Tea Company. To ensure the smooth operation of the programme, the Youth Development Committee, in a major shift of policy, introduced a new system that enabled the continuity of the programme at a centre through the various age groups. The GFA has also decided on developing coaches for grassroot level development.
Twelve centres were identified for coaching at Arpora, Taleigao, Pilar, Chicalim, Assagao, Morjim, Chinchinim, Chandor, Raia, and Nuvem, with Duler and Fatorda being maintained as the Centres of Excellence, for further training of the State teams in the various age groups.
Another major step taken by the GFA is in development and training of youth coaches. In the 1999-2000 season the GFA sponsored 10 more Goans for the AFC C license course which was conducted in Goa by AFC instructors, after the South Asian Football Federation championship was held in the State.
The GFA is tying up with Clubs to organise and spread youth development. It is now upto the various village clubs to take an initiative in mobilising young talent in order to start a new centre, thereby developing potential footballers from their area.
The Youth Development Committee will support the clubs by providing qualified coaches, football literature including video tapes and footballs. The Committee will also help subsidise refreshments for the young talent, though it is the responsibility of the club.