A brand new scouting platform constructed by an adolescent in Delhi and adopted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) final month seeks to degree the enjoying subject in India by unearthing expertise in rural areas which may have in any other case been ignored.
Kush Pandey, a 17-yr-previous soccer participant, got here up with the thought for ScoutMe after noticing a niche out there when his Delhi-based mostly staff out of the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Faculty went to play a group in a small rural village. His workforce thought it’d be a simple win — capital boys vs. small city boys, a staff with assets vs. one with out a lot in any respect. They have been incorrect. Pandey stated that they had sorely underestimated the group’s expertise based mostly on preconceived notions that the group couldn’t be nearly as good with out the assets of bigger metros — they usually misplaced.
“That’s the place I noticed that these individuals don’t have the identical alternatives,” Pandey stated in an interview with SportTechie. “Beforehand scouts might actually solely attain metros, however with Scout Me they’re now reaching into the smallest villages.”
The platform, out there as a free cellular app on iOS and Android, is supposed to democratize the scouting course of. ScoutMe permits scouts to entry all the matches and lineups after which create digital profiles of the person gamers they’re taken with based mostly on sure standards. Gamers in rural areas can try and get observed by including photographs and movies to their profiles to allow them to enter the fray even when recruiters aren’t capable of journey to the video games themselves.
“We need to use it to seek out gamers who lack the monetary means to get found,” stated Pandey. “If we expect that the participant has expertise, and we discover him, we’ll get him cash for footwear and shin guards if he can’t afford them.”
ScoutMe was examined by the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Faculty throughout its 1,000-plus gamers and groups over a two-yr interval after which introduced because the AIFF’s official on-line scouting platform in March. At present ScoutMe has greater than 28,000 gamers in its system and has processed hundreds of scout reviews.
AIFF President Praful Patel informed the Occasions of India that ScoutMe just isn’t a alternative for bodily scouting, however will make the roles of scouts simpler and uncover “native hidden expertise.”
Gamers being thought-about for recruitment to AIFF golf equipment also can simply ship required photograph identification or medical certifications to scouters by way of the app.
Over the subsequent few years, Kush stated the corporate plans to launch further options and multilingual choices, similar to Bengali and Hindi, since not everybody in India speaks English.
Farther down the street, Kush stated his 14-yr-previous brother, Arjun Pandey is occupied with increasing the platform’s scouting instruments into different sports the place there’s a want for realizing undiscovered expertise, comparable to cricket and hockey.
“India lacks a correct scouting system,” stated Kush. “There’s lots of expertise that must be tapped.”