Tata Football Academy
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|Full name||Tata Football Academy|
|Ground||JRD Tata Sports Complex, Jamshedpur,|
Tinplate Sports Complex, Jamshedpur
|Head Coach||Carlos Santamarina & Subrata Dasgupta (Goal Keeping)|
|League||Indian Elite League U–18|
Indian Elite League U–15
Indian Elite League U–13
Tata Football Academy (Tata FA or TFA) is a football academy in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India, sponsored by Tata Steel, which owns Jamshedpur FC . It is perhaps the best Football Academy in India. The Tata Football Academy (TFA) is set to be renamed as Tata Atletico Football Academia after the Tata Trusts joined hands with La Liga giants, Atlético Madrid, to enhance and strengthen its existing programmes for promoting Indian football.
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata envisaged not only Asia's first fully integrated Steel Plant but also the model township of Jamshedpur. He advised his son, Sir Dorab Tata, to earmark "areas for Football, hockey and Parks... ". Tata Steel's commitment to sports, in fact, preceded the building of the township. The aforesaid letter was written in 1902 and the site for Jamshedpur selected in 1907.
J. R. D. Tata gave fruition to J. N Tata's vision, inculcating sports as an integral part of Tata Steel's corporate philosophy. It is part of this very same commitment that made Tata Steel set up the Tata Steel Sports Foundation, to inculcate among the young men and women of India the sporting spirit, the zeal to excel, to win, and above all the discipline and dedication that brings out the winner in the individual. TFA, conceived in 1983 and inaugurated in 1987, was one intrinsic component of the Tata Ideal manifested in reality.
In November 2017, it was announced that TFA will tie-up with La Liga giants Atlético Madrid, to enhance and strengthen its existing programmes for promoting Indian football. It was also announced that, TFA is to be renamed as Tata Atletico Football Academia.
In March 2019, Carlos Santamarina was appointed as the head coach of TFA. Santamarina has been involved with Atlético Madrid's youth coaching set up, which includes development and coaching of kids in the age group of U-15, U-14, U-13 and U-12.
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- Tata Football Academy
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- "TFA tie-up with Atletico de Madrid". Tata Steel Official Website. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
- "TFA ties up with Atletico, names Santamarina as coach". News 18. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.