India women's national football team

The India women's national football team is controlled by the All India Football Federation and represents India in women's international football competitions. The women's team resumed playing on 7 September 2012 after nearly a year-long hiatus.[3] Under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and governed in Asia by the AFC, the team is also part of the South Asian Football Federation. The team was one of the best teams in Asia in the mid 70s to early 80s, when they became runners-up at 1979 and 1983 AFC Women's Asian Cup. Presently, the Indian team has won all the SAFF Women's Championship that they have participated in since 2010.

India
Nickname(s)Blue Tigresses
AssociationAll India Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachMaymol Rocky
CaptainAshalata Devi
Most capsOinam Bembem Devi (85)
Top scorerSasmita Malik (40)
FIFA codeIND
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 57 1 (13 December 2019)[1]
Highest49[2] (December 2013)
Lowest92[2] (September 2009)
First international
 India 5–0 Singapore 
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
Biggest win
 India 18–0 Bhutan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 13 December 2010)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 16–0 India 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 11 December 1998)
Women's Asian Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1979)
Best resultRunners-up (1979 and 1983)

The team has yet to participate in the FIFA Women's World Cup and Olympic Games, and failed to participate in the last 5 Asian Cups since 2003 at Thailand, as their last participation. Present ranking of the team according to FIFA Women's World Rankings is 57 and 13th among the Asian countries.

History

1970-2009: rise and fall

Football for women in Asia started later compared to their male counterparts. The seed of women's football in India was planted in the early 1970s. The first manager was Sushil Bhattacharya, in 1975[4][5] and from 1975 till 1991, the administration of the game was in the hands of the Women's Football Federation of India (WFFI) which comes under the Asian Ladies’ Football Confederation (ALFC) that had recognition from neither Fifa nor AFC (Asian Football Confederation). Both organizations continuously tried to dissuade Asian countries from sending teams to these tournaments for which the first few editions of AFC Women's Asian Cup other unofficial tournaments seen very few teams to participate and thus the 1980 Calicut edition of Asian Championship featured two Indian teams (India N & India S), Western Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.[6] India did well enough in all these unofficial tournaments under Sushil Bhattacharya and India S become runners-up at Calicut. In the next edition of 1981 India achieved third position, defeated by Thailand and again became runners-up in the 1983 edition losing to Thailand again. This was the best chapter for the Indian women team in the Asian platform as since 1983 the performance declined along with mismanagement in the federation and failing to promote the games at all level in every state of India. The game was administered by WFFI from 1975 until the early 1990s, when they were absorbed into the AIFF as despite their impressive display at the Asian level, women's football in India went into the state of gloom by the end of the eighties due to the previous federation failure of promoting the women's football to the level it had deserved.[7]

But the AIFF too did very less to lift the women's football from their meager condition. It was the time when FIFA conceptualised and organised FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and International Olympic Committee started the women's competition at 1996 Summer Olympics. Time and again, the AIFF officials stated that lifting the standard of women's football to the level of their Asian counterparts was their chief aim but they never backed up their words with actions. AIFF was treating women's football as an extra burden was a fact which was hidden from no one but it became evident when they failed to sponsor the team's first foreign trip in 1997 to Germany before the Asian Championships. Eventually, the trip was made possibly with the help of the German Football Association and NRI's living in Germany.[8]

1998 Asian Games was first participation for the national team but came out to be nightmare as they defeated by Chinese Taipei with a score line of 1-13 in the second match and again on the 3rd match they faced the biggest defeat in the history by China PR with an embarrassing scoreline of 0-16.

The women's game reached a new low in June 2009 when FIFA delisted the side from its world rankings for being out of action for more than 18 months.[9] From 1991 to 2010 the performance of the Indian team was very poor, participating in just 5 editions of Asian Championships, 2003 as their last participation in which they faced a repeated embarrassing defeat with 0-12 scoreline from China PR. FIFA Women's World Cup and Olympics participation is yet be a reality for the Indian team.

2010-Present

After 2009 sanction by FIFA, the AIFF started to put their minds in place to better the condition of the national team and women's football, which led to commencing SAFF Women's Championship and also including women's football in the South Asian Games. Indian team earn massive success in SAFF competitions. Winning the SAFF Women's Championship four times in row without losing a single game. Additionally they won two gold medals at South Asian Games.

On 17 December 2014, AIFF Secretary Kushal Das stated that the goal for women's football from 2014 to 2017 was to increase the ranking of the India senior team to the top 40s and the top 8 in Asia, start a professional women's league by 2015, and to qualify for both the U19 and U16 versions of the AFC championships.[10] which is now far from reality as India is 60th by FIFA World Rankings and 13th among the Asian countries and yet to qualify for AFC Women's Asian Cup since 2003, FIFA Women's World Cup and Olympic Games.

They participated in the qualifiers for the 2012 Olympics in March 2011. In their first match they beat rivals and group hosts Bangladesh 3–0. In the second round India Women played Uzbekistan where they tied the first match 1–1 but lost the second leg 1–5 and were officially knocked out. Again for Rio 2016 Olympics they participated in the AFC qualifiers, first match was a win defeating Sri Lanka with score 4−1 then shocking defeat from Myanmar with a score line 0-7 which led the way out from the qualifiers.

India participated for the second time at the Asian games in 2014, but the condition was not better than the previous participation, 16 years back in 1998. Though India defeated Maldives easily with 15-0 score, but a similar fate of Maldives was faced by them in the next two matches where they were defeated by both South Korea and Thailand with the same score of 0-10.

In August 2018, Indian women national team was invited to participate in Cotif Tournament where clubs and national and autonomous teams participate every year since 1984, held at Valencia, Spain. 2018 Cotif was 35th Anniversary of the tournament.[11] At this tournament they faced 3 Spanish club teams and Morocco. First lost to Fundación Albacete, 1-4, then to Levante UD, 0-5, then the Moroccan side defeated India with a score 5-1, but on the last match India played with maturity, though lost to Madrid CFF with 0-1 score.

In November 2018, India qualified to the second round of 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the first time since the qualifying tournament started for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[12][13]

For preparation of 2020 Olympics 2nd round qualifiers India played two matches each against Hong Kong and Indonesia winning all four of them 5−2 & 1−0 against Hong Kong and 3−0 & 2−0 against Indonesia respectively.[14][15] Following these matches India played at the Women's Gold Cup organised at home, where they won their first match against Iran by 1−0 but lost next two matches to Nepal and Myanmar by 1−2 and 0−2 respectively and failed to reach the final.[16][17][18]

Team officials and coaching staff

As of September 2018[19]

Team Officials
Name Position
Maymol Rocky Head Coach
Chaoba Devi Langam Assistant Coach
Rajat Guha Goalkeeping Coach
Priyanka Bodkhe Physiotherapist

Players

Current squad

As of 30 November 2019

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The following 20 players were called up for the 2019 South Asian Games in Nepal.[20]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aditi Chauhan (1992-11-20) 20 November 1992 20 0 TBD
19 1GK Maibam Linthoingambi Devi (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 5 0 Gokulam Kerala
26 1GK Elangbam Panthoi Chanu (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 5 0 Manipur Police
2 2DF Nganbam Sweety Devi (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 13 0 Sethu FC
3 2DF Jabamani Tudu (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 9 0 FC Kolhapur City
4 2DF Loitongbam Ashalata Devi (Captain) (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 45 3 Sethu FC
15 2DF Ashem Roja Devi (2001-01-08) 8 January 2001 3 0 Eastern Sporting Union
21 2DF Michelle Margaret Castanha (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 3 0 Gokulam Kerala
2DF W. Linthoingambi Devi (2000-11-28) 28 November 2000 0 0 Gokulam Kerala
6 3MF Sangita Basfore (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 27 2 SSB Women's FC
7 3MF Nongmaithem Ratanbala Devi (1994-09-05) 5 September 1994 26 10 Sethu FC
12 3MF Manisha Kalyan (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 2 0 Gokulam Kerala
14 3MF Sorokhaibam Ranjana Chanu (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 5 1 Gokulam Kerala
16 3MF Sumithra Kamaraj (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 6 2 Sethu FC
20 3MF Ritu Rani (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 0 0 Alakhpura FC
9 4FW Anju Tamang (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 12 1 Gokulam Kerala
10 4FW Ngangom Bala Devi (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 46 36 Manipur Police
13 4FW Dangmei Grace (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 39 14 Sethu FC
17 4FW Daya Devi Heigrujam (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 2 0 Manipur Police
18 4FW Sandhiya Ranganathan (1996-05-20) 20 May 1996 6 3 Sethu FC

Recent call-ups

The following players were also named to the Indian squad in the latest tournaments and friendlies .

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sowmiya Narayansamy (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 1 0 Sethu FC v.  Uzbekistan,(SQUAD); 2 September 2019
GK Shreya Hooda (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 0 0 Haryana v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
GK Okram Roshini Devi (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 7 0 Manipur Police 2018 Cotif Cup

DF Pakpi Devi Yumlembam (2001-12-09) 9 December 2001 0 0 Gokulam Kerala v.  Uzbekistan; 2 September 2019
DF Dalima Chhibber (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 37 3 Manitoba Bisons 2020 Olympic Q 2nd R
DF Lako Phuti Bhutia (1995-10-20) 20 October 1995 9 1 Gokulam Kerala 2020 Olympic Q 2nd R
DF Poley Koley (2000-11-21) 21 November 2000 0 0 Sethu FC v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
DF Poonam Sharma (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 0 0 FC Pune City (women) 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
DF Manisha Panna (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 16 1 FC Kolhapur City 2020 Olympic Q
DF Purnima Linda (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 0 0 2020 Olympic QPRE
DF W. Ranjibala Devi (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 0 0 Eastern Sporting Union 2020 Olympic QPRE
DF Thokchom Umapati Devi (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 12 1 Manipur Police 2018 Cotif Cup
DF Gurumayum Radharani Devi (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 8 1 Manipur Police 2018 AFC Q

MF Sanju Yadav (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 30 11 Gokulam Kerala v.  Vietnam; 6 November 2019
MF Grace Lalrampari Hauhnar (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 0 0 Indian Rush Soccer v.  Vietnam; 6 November 2019
MF Karthika Angamuthu (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 0 0 v.  Vietnam (squad); November 2019
MF Indumathi Kathiresan (1999-06-29) 29 June 1999 34 12 Sethu FC 2020 Olympic Q 2nd R
MF Ranjita Devi (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 0 0 v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
MF Arati Sethi (1992-05-03) 3 May 1992 0 0 SAI-STC Cuttack 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
MF Kshetrimayum Margaret Devi (2001-03-03) 3 March 2001 0 0 2020 Olympic Q
MF Prameshwori Devi (2002-03-22) 22 March 2002 13 9 Manipur Police 2018 Cotif Cup
MF Moirangthem Mandakini Devi (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 10 7 Manipur Police 2018 Cotif Cup
MF Lochana Munda (1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 0 0 Rising Student Club 2018 AFC QPRE
MF Ngoubi Devi (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999 0 0 FC Kolhapur City 2018 AFC QPRE
MF Yumlembam Premi Devi (1993-12-06) December 6, 1993 16 2 Eastern Sporting Union v.  Malaysia; 31 July 2017

FW Renu (2001-01-01) January 1, 2001 0 0 FC Kolhapur City v.  Vietnam (squad); November 2019
FW Mamta (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 0 0 v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
FW Pyari Xaxa (1997-05-18) May 18, 1997 7 3 Rising Student Club v.  Indonesia; 27 January 2019
FW Techi Akung (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 0 0 Arunachal Pradesh 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
FW Yumnam Kamala Devi (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 61 41 FC Kolhapur City v.  Myanmar; 13 November 2018
FW Jyoti Chauhan (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 0 0 Madhya Pradesh 2020 Olympic QPRE
FW Kashmina MS (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 0 0 FC Kolhapur City 2018 AFC QPRE

INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury
SUS = Serving suspension
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby

Past squads

Asian Games squads

Head coaches

As of 7 December 2019
Name Years Played Won Tied Lost Win %
Sushil Bhattacharya 1975– 35 16 3 16 45.71
Harjinder Singh 2005[21] –2010 9 2 0 7 22.22
Mohammad Shahid Jabbar 2010–2013 21 19 1 1 90.48
Anadi Barua 2013–14 5 2 1 1 40
Tarun Roy 2014–15 8 6 0 2 75
Sajid Dar 2015-17 14 7 3 6 50
Maymol Rocky 2017– 30 18 4 8 60
Totals12270124157.38

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page.

  Win   Draw   Loss

‡ represents FIFA non "A" international, points will not be considered for FIFA ranking.

2019

FIFA Women's World Cup record

World Cup Finals
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
1991Did Not Enter
1995
1999Did Not Qualify
2003
2007
2011Did Not Enter
2015Did Not Qualify
2019
Total0/8--------
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian competitions record

AFC Women's Asian Cup

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
At 1979 AFC Asia Cup India placed two teams, India Senior(India S) and India Novice(India N), other version called as India North and India South.

Asian Games

  • DNP: did not participate
  • DNQ: did not qualified
Bold Positions show best finish in the tournaments.

South Asian Football Federation record

SAFF Women's Championship

India has won the SAFF Women's Championship five times in a row.[22]

SAFF Women's Championship
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
2010 Winners 550040040
2012 Winners 550033132
2014 Winners 550036135
2016 Winners 43101138
2019 Winners 440018117
Total5/52322101386132

South Asian Games

India has won the South Asian Games three times.

South Asian Games
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
2010 Winners 550029227
2016 Winners 532014113
2016 Winners 440016016
Total 2/2 2 Titles 14 12 2 0 59 3 56

See also

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