Watford FC’s Commercial Director Paul O’Brien said of the partnership: “This is something really quite different and we love to get involved in new things that provide really different experiences for the club and our staff.
“Partnering with Odisha FC gives us a chance to get a real insight into football’s global appeal and affords us a great chance to share learnings with a similarly ambitious club.
“Learning more about India and exploring its cultural richness and passion for sport is something we’re all looking forward to doing right away.”
Odisha FC's Club President Raj Athwal said: “We are excited and proud to announce a unique partnership with English Premier League club Watford FC. With both clubs looking to grow their brands globally, the partnership provides a unique platform to not only share best practices in all areas of our club but enhance the development of future players.
“We are excited at the prospect of working with Watford FC’s coaches with a view to establishing a residential academy in Odisha, providing a conveyer belt of footballers who will one day proudly adorn the club colours and as part of their development have the opportunity to train at Watford’s esteemed academy too.
“For the Odisha supporters, there is the exciting prospect of potentially loaning players from Watford FC and equally, players from Odisha FC can be scouted to play in the English leagues.”