about KIFA

Karhya International Football Academy (KIFA) is an English football academy with strong presence in India. Backed by a team of ex-professional English league players and Indian football veterans, KIFA offers grassroots development and coaches development programmes in India and the UK.

Our goal is to deliver superior football training programmes to boys and girls of all abilities and enable them to benefit from educational and career opportunities in football as players and beyond.

Our Offerings

KIFA is a multi-campus, multi-location football academy that offers a range of football training programmes along with multiple and flexible educational choices for children of all age group. Some of our programmes include a short-term certificate course in leadership, entrepreneurship and emerging technologies with intense football training.

Furthermore, we customise course offerings enabling our students to access football training with various degree programmes in the UK, India, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE and East African countries.

Some of our flagship programmes include

  • pursuing Online British School Education (Year-4 to Year-12/13) + football training
  • pursuing Medical / Law / Engineering / Management Studies + football training

We also have a residential academy in India at The Indian Public School, Erode, Tamil Nadu and deliver evenings & weekends training programmes in multiple locations across India.

In collaboration with the Football Association of Wales, UK we offer football coaches development programmes and are hoping to upskill football coaching in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE.

Beyond players training and coaches development programmes, we provide a host of other services including education & career counselling in football, workshops, webinars, seminars, football tournaments & access to support group within international football community.

In everything we do, we hope to inspire children to take up football with education and train them to get scouted by premier international clubs.

Our team

Norman Bell
Coaching Director
UEFA ‘A’ certified coach

Norman Bell is an English former footballer, born in Hylton Castle, Sunderland, who played in the Football League for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers. He also played in the NASL for New England Tea Men.

Andy Bell
Coaching Director
UEFA ‘B’ certified coach

Born in Blackburn, the former England youth international played professional football for, Blackburn Rovers, Wycombe Wanderes, York City, and Fleetwood Town.

N Balasubramaniam
India Head & Advisor

A veteran in Indian football who is involved in the grassroots development of football for the past 35 years. He is involved in Erode district & Tamil Nadu state-level football organisations under various leadership roles.

Prabu K
Business & Operations Director

Avid football fan and a seasoned business professional with more than 15 years of experience in managing large-scale businesses and operations.

Nithya Prabu
Strategy & Academic Director

Passionate Education Strategist & Author who works towards implementing various academic solutions to players with special talents in football.

Gus Muncaster
Head, Sports Therapy, Injury & Rehabilitation

Gus worked as Head Therapist at Bamber Bridge Football Club for over 6 years, Blackburn Hawks Ice Hockey Team, Preston North End academy, Manchester City women, England Rugby League, Wigan Warriors and the Sydney Roosters RFL team whilst they were in the UK for the World Club Challenge.

Johnson Rajendran
Head Coach

Head Coach, India, AFC ‘A Pro’ Licence has extensive experience of working with top teams and clubs in India including Chennaiyin FC.

M. Azmathulla

India, AFC ‘C’ Licence & AFC Goal Keeping Level – 1 is working in the Indian football arena for more than a decade. Some of his accomplishments include scouting talents for football clubs and teams across India.


India, AFC ‘C’ Licence, former captain of Tamil Nadu National Team who has led the team to victory 3 times. Accomplished women’s football coach and team manager with a wealth of experience managing Erode district women’s team.

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