To spur State Associations for contributing to football’s development in states, The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has introduced a points-based assessment system. This system indicates the performance of the states on the various operational verticals. The operational verticals, based on which points have been allotted, are Coaches Education (AIFF D-Certificate courses), Grassroots consisting of AIFF Golden Baby Leagues & AIFF E-Certificate Courses, AIFF Academy Accreditation Endorsements, Referees Education (through Cat 3, 4 and 5 courses) and conduction of leagues and competitions, including accreditation of academies.
Based on the points accumulated for the 2019/20 football season, West Bengal, governed by The Indian Football Association (IFA) ranks the highest followed by Maharashtra under the aegis of Western Indian Football Association (WIFA). At the third spot is Kerala, governed by Kerala Football Association (KFA). The points allotted to the states are based on the activities carried out by the governing associations concerned under the aforementioned verticals, with each vertical weighted accordingly.