For retention of players, a separate football academies for boys and girls has been constructed under the FIFA Goal projects. Since the approval and endorsement of the Grassroots plans by EXCO members, almost all planning were implemented. The introduction of the Grassroots festivals in schools and youth competitions at intra-districts levels, and the national competitions for best players from 20 districts for both boys and girls have been implemented.
Beside this, a selection camp for U-19 is programmed and all potential players from the national competitions are taken to academies for further development. After the completion of nurturing up to U-19 youth team in academy, the best players get in national squad and are distributed to clubs for further development and retention.
Bhutan football federation is the only company that supports football in the country . the academy in Thimphu is for boys and last year we conducted the u-13 national football festival and u-15 national football championship for boys teams from 19 districts in Gelephu . This year we have total 62 boys u-13, u-15, and u-18 who’ll be trained in Gelephu academy and after selection they’ll be playing in Thimphu.
Bhutan football federation also has women’s academy in Gelephu with total no. of 61 girls u-15, u17, and u-18 from 19 districts . The total no. of participants for national girls championship are 300 u-15 (15 best players from each dzongkhangs) and 300 u-17 girls (15 best players from each dzongkhangs).