Message from AFC President...

AFC and the football fraternity of Asia are indeed proud that the 5th AFC Medical Conference will be held in New Delhi in 2015. This flagship football Science and medicine activity held every four years draws a large number of worldwide renowned experts and professionals presenting high level of evidence-based research in sports. The elaborate programme put in place by the scientific committee will address all complex and demanding issues that confront the sport, update medical professionals involved in the care of players and create a network of professionals for future collaboration. This professional platform rekindles old friendships, create new networks among the scientific fraternity and updates current knowledge for all involved in the most popular sport - football.

I would like to thank FIFA and F-MARC as well as our sister confederations for their continued professional support to the conference.

A special thanks to All India Football Federation for playing host to the conference. Participants will not only leave New Delhi with the knowledge gained from the conference, but the rich Indian cultures and traditions that has fascinated the world from time in memorial.

On behalf of AFC and the Executive Committee, I wish the organising committee a successful and productive conference.


Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa



Football is fast gaining popularity in India and not only the rest of the world but Indian companies are looking at the development of the beautiful game to take India to the next level. The successful bid for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 has created widespread interest and enthusiasm and will be a game changer. We are also strong focusing on youth development, coach education and improving the fitness and physical condition of the players. Thus, hosting the fifth edition of the prestigious Asian Football Confederation Medical Conference 2015 in New delhi is an equally important milestone in the overall development of Indian Football.

Football Medicine is an important component for the development of the sport in the country. Health care and safety of the players are the primary responsibilities of those who govern the beautiful game. Hence a conference such magnitude has been brought to South Asian which would encompass the varied aspects of football medicine, science amd medico-legal issues. Pre-conference workshop would be held for the first time and would surely draw great interest from the medical fraternity at large.

Apart from participants being updated on current evidence-based reseach by renowned professionals in their field of expertise, they will also be able to experience the rich and exotic Indian culture, tradition and cusines which would remain in their hearts and minds for long.

I hereby call upon all distinguished members of the football family to make the most of this one-of-a kind endeavor to be held in the Capital in 2015

Praful Patel

President, All India Football Federation (AIFF)

Minister for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India



Message from Chairman, AFC Medical Committee


Football medicine is an important element in the development of the game. Through evidence-based scientific research it has influenced changes in the laws of the game, made the sport safer and addressed contentious and complex issues that challenge the integrity of the sport. Football medicine has also enhanced performance, protected the health of players and has been promoting football as a healthy lifestyle and leisure activity in the prevention of diseases amongst the general population.

New technologies and research constantly require reviewing our approach towards care of players. There is a need to keep abreast with changes and the AFC Medical Conference, held every four years, provides an excellent platform for this. 

The 5th AFC Medical Conference, hosted jointly by the AFC and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), will be held from November 30 until December 2, 2015, at JW Marriot Hotel, Aero City, in New Delhi, India.

This conference has steadily made a strong mark in the medical fraternity. The maiden conference held in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan, attracted 250 delegates, while the second editionin 2000 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was attended by 341 participants. The number of participants rose also in 2005 in Muscat, Oman, to 357, while 455 delegates took part in thelatest edition held in Kuala Lumpur in 2011.

We are expecting a surge in the number of participants in New Delhi with the addition of pre-conference workshops, namely the Team Physician Course, Sports Physiotherapist Course and the Anti-Doping Accreditation Workshop. 

The elaborate and varied programme put together by the scientific committee reflects the high level of presentations by renowned international experts covering all aspects of football science and medicine.

During their stay in New Delhi, participants will be able to enjoy the warm Indian hospitality and the rich and diverse Indian cultures, customs, traditions, historical sites and cuisines.

We would like to thank the AIFF for jointly hosting the conference and wish the organising committee the very best of success for this landmark event in football medicine.

Dato’ Dr. Gurcharan Singh 

Chairman, AFC Medical Committee



Message FIFA Medical Commission


The world of football is in full evolution: more games, heavier training charges, more speed…

Also, the world around football has, in different fields, followed this evolution: juridical structures, goal-line technology, sportswear and so on.

One of these fields is the medical world. The evolution of medical surrounding of football is spectacular. As well in the field of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, of pharmaceutical care, of psychology, hygiene, diet and nutrition we see an important evolution.

The dramatic cases of sudden cardiac death have led to the obligation of a serious cardiac screening before each FIFA competition.

The organisation of the 5th AFC Medical Conference 2015 is an important event to present this medical evolution in the world of football, to engage a new dialogue among experts and to hand over to the young medical generation the recent knowledge, accumulated over the past years.





Dr. Michel Baron D’Hooghe

Chairman, FIFA Medical Committee

FIFA Executive Committee Member

Bruges, Belgium



Message from F-MARC

F-MARC - FIFA Medical Assessment Research Center was established in 1994 formulated jointly with FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter the main objective: promoting football as a health enhancing leisure activity and at the same time improving on social behaviour.

This continues to be a valid objective. Motivatingus, along with doctors, scientists, physiotherapists and paramedical personnel by enhancing the body of knowledge particularly by implementing results from scientific studies to the daily life of footballer’s - both gender’s, different ages and skill levels.

Both Shaikh Al Khalifa, President, AFC and Dr. Dato’ Gurcharan Singh, Chairman AFC Medical Committee, have not only been supporting F-MARC but became active collaborators both designing and performing several research studies, moreover by implementing scientific achievements within the network of the AFC Medical Committee.

The consequent translation of age determination by using MRI to combat age cheating within AFC and FIFA competitions was and continues to be exemplary of AFC. AFC have proved to be a reliable partner for implementing the injury prevention programme “FIFA 11+”, as well as the pre competition consequent performance of medical assessments to reduce the risks of sudden cardiac arrest.

In addition to the FIFA Medical Emergency Bag which was provided to each member association, the AFC added another AED to each of their member associations. These are just a few subjects that will be presented in depth during the 5th AFC Medical Conference 2015 to promote and implement the FIFA and AFC philosophy of prevention:

  • 11+                  - to prevent injuries in football
  • 11 steps           - to prevent sudden cardiac death
  • 11 rules           - to prevent doping in football
  • 11 for health    - to prevent any disease
  • 11 actions        - to protect your environment

On one side it is our duty and commitment to improve the game of football by science but on the other hand we are privileged by using the popularity of football, hence contributing to the improvement of public health.

With these words we invite the different medical professions to this important 5th AFC Medical Conference 2015.

Prof JiříDvořák, MD

FIFA Chief Medical Officer

Chairman F-MARC

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