Sports & Management Research Institute (SMRI) is the promoters of Asia’s first fan-owned cooperative football club Football Lovers United (FL United) under Kerala Football Development Cooperative Society Ltd. SMRI is promoting the concept of fans-owned cooperative football clubs in India to revolutionize Indian sports industry by making India, a football superpower. The first promoters meeting of FL United happened on January 17, 2016 in Ernakulam. We are waiting for the completion of registration process.


SMRI aims to change the football ecosystem of India by promoting cooperative football clubs. We plan to promote 30 cooperative football clubs in India by March 2017 (Minimum one cooperative football club per state and one in New Delhi). India has the potential to create more than 30 cooperative clubs. One cooperative club per 25 lakh people will be an ideal condition. Presently, world’s most of the top clubs such as Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Boca Juniors are owned by its fans. More than 200 fans owned clubs are growing under the Supporters Trust in England.

Fans-owned clubs are the only option to make India a football superpower. As a football fan, your support is critical in the success of fans-owned cooperative football club. You can support us in many ways by being the part of cooperative football movement to make India a football superpower.

  1. Promote a cooperative football club in your region. (We will support you with Bye-law and business plan. We will hand-hold you till you make profit)
  2. Advocate for the special legislation on cooperative football clubs in India by Indian Parliament and various state legislative assemblies. 
  3. Share the idea of cooperative football club with your friends, who live for football
  4. Be the member of a cooperative football club like FL United
  5. Just like our page

You will get more details about the cooperative football club from the below link.

If you are interested to promote cooperative football club/would like to be a member of cooperative football club, please feel free to contact us.


Sijin BT, Jibu Gibson, Babu VN, Dr Indulekha R, Naresh, Alan Jose (PGDSM), Sharath (CSE)

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