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Nirvan Shah (The Founder), a prominent sports figure in Mumbai’s football community for the last 15 years. He is both a businessman and sportsman and has been instrumental in developing football in India from a grass-root level. He is most likely the first individual in India to be a licensed UEFA football coach in 2007. He obtained his B.Tech in Business and Finance from London, UK.

In 2008-2009, he coached the Maharashtra State U-14 Girls team that won runners up at the AIFF National Football Festival in Chennai and the Maharashtra State DSO U-14 boys team that secured 3rd position in the 54th National School Games held in Mumbai.

He was coach of the PIFA Colaba (Youngstar) FC men’s team in 2006 and got the team promoted from the MDFA Senior to Super to Elite Division in the first 2 years 2006 – 2008, he then won 3rd Place in MDFA Elite division in 2011 and the Abhijit Kadam Memorial Trophy, Runners up Nadkarni Cup in 2011-12 & 2017. He was instrumental in qualifying the team for I league 2nd division in 2011. He took a break in 2015-16.

He coached the first club U17 team to play from India in a FIFA organised tournament in South Africa in 2009, they lost gallantly to Inter Milan 1-4.


His professional qualifications include:

  • AIFF Coaching Instructor for D License
  • UEFA B licence (UK)
  • FA Level 2 certificate (UK)
  • FA level 1 certificate (UK)
  • Art of German Goalkeeping by Lutz PfannenstielGerman Olympic Association (DOSB)
  • FIFA Workshop for Academy Coaches by Desi Curry
  • Sports Psychology diploma (UK)
  • Sports Nutrition diploma (UK)
  • Emergency First Aid diploma (UK)
  • FA Child Protection qualification (UK)
  • Maharashtra (WIFA) State Coach
  • DSO Maharashtra State Government Coach
  • National Selector (Govt of Maharashtra)


PIFA Director Anjali with AIFF President Mr Praful Patel

Anjali Shah, she is the co-founder of PIFA and a business woman in Mumbai, India. A member of the AIFF Executive Committee. She is a recognised promoter of football in India, especially women’s football and has managed numerous girls’ teams.

She is also appointed on the AIFF indian Women’s Football Committee in 2017. She has managed the Maharashtra State U-14 Girls team that came runners up at the AIFF National Football Festival in Chennai, 2008-2009. She was appointed as manager of the various Maharashtra Women’s team since 2008. She represented Maharashtra at a coaching clinic held in Goa in 2009 with U.S. women’s soccer coach Mr Mike Dickey. She is also an FA and AIFF Grassroot Licensed Coach.

(update 2017)