India women's national under-20 football team

The India women's national under-20 football team represents India in international women's under-20 football in the AFC U-19 Women's Championship and the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. It is controlled by the AIFF.

India women's under 20
AssociationAll India Football Federation
ConfederationAsian Football Confederation (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachAlex Ambrose
CaptainSamiksha Jhakar
First colours
Second colours
First international
India  0–4  South Korea
(Goa, India; 19 April 2002)
Biggest win
India  18–0  Pakistan
(Chonburi, Thailand; 24 October 2018)
Biggest defeat
Australia  18–0  India
( Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 12 November 2008)
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
AFC U-19 Women's Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2002)
Best resultQuarter final,2004


FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

FIFA organised U20 women's world cup in 2002 for the first time, and for qualification from Asian teams, only the finalist from AFC U-19 Women's Championship is allowed to enter into the tournament, which was also the same criteria for the next edition and since 2006 the top three teams from AFC U19 championships would be allowed to enter into U20 world cup. India failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup as they failed to be finalist in any AFC U19 Championships till 2017 edition.

AFC U-19 Women's Championship

The AFC U-19 Women's Championship serves as a qualifying competition for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. For first three edition from 2002, it had been organised on every even years, and in all those three championships India participated. After 2006 Championship, it had been organised on every odd years since 2007 and coincidentally India failed to qualify for the Championships since then.

India hosted the inaugural AFC U-19 Women's Championship in 2002. India U-19 failed to advance beyond group stage, finishing third in group. Indian girls lost to eventual champions Japan by 9−0 and South Korea by 4−0, only had a win against Guam by 6−0 but did not help much to move forward.

In next edition of championship held in China, India done well to reach quarter finals, winning against Hong Kong by 2−1, Singapore by 1−0 and a loss against Chinese Tapei by 0−3, and reaching the quarter final, their FIFA U20 Worldcup dream was shattered as was knocked out by North Korea by 0−10.

For 2006 edition the qualification round started for AFC U19 Women's Championship, where India easily qualified, defeating Kyrgyzstan by 7−0 and Bangladesh by 9−0 which was their biggest win that time. 2006 AFC U-19 Women's Championship saw India finishing bottom of group, consisting of Asian heavyweights South Korea, North Korea and Japan, defeated by all these three team by huge goal difference of 11−0, 14−0 and 6−0 respectively. That's the last time India made it into the group stage of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship.

At the 2007 qualification India lost two games in the group stage against Myanmar by 1−2 and Thailand by 1−5 which cost the AFC Championships for the first time in 2007 edition. Similar fate was in 2009 qualification tournament which was worse than before as India lost all the group matches and the worst performance came against Australia, where the Australian girls defeated the Indian by a huge 18−0, thus their biggest defeat till now. Next four edition, the girls seen similar scenario with zero luck to enter in the championships. For 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship India faced Pakistan, Nepal and Thailand in round 1 at the 2019 Championship qualification where they won two match defeating Pakistan by 18−0 which is their biggest win till now[1] and host Thailand by 1−0[2] and a defeat by Nepal with 0−2,[3] but India failed to move to round 2 courtesy of their head-to-head result against Nepal. While Thailand, Nepal and India finished on three points, the goal difference between just these three teams were counted, which left Thailand at the top with a +2 goal difference, while India and Nepal were tied at -1, due to this, the head-to-head result between India and Nepal came into play again, and Nepal go through and India left behind.[2]

SAFF U-18 Women's Championship

2018 SAFF U-18 Women's Championship, at Bhutan, is the inaugural edition of the SAFF U18 championships being organised by SAFF on every even years to align with the AFC U19 Championships and FIFA U20 Worldcup. It's a preparatory tournament for the South Asian teams for AFC U19 championship qualification round. India thrashed host Bhutan and Maldives by 4−0[4] and 8−0[5] respectively in the group matches, reaching to the semi-finals they lost to Nepal through penalty shoot-out by 1−3 as the full-time ended in a 1−1 tie,[6] thus their dream of first SAFF u18 champion ended here but they won the third place in the tournament by defeating Bhutan again by a solitary goal.[7]

Current Staff

Position Name
Head Coach Alex Ambrose[8]
Assistant Coach Durva Vahia[9]
GK Coach Shaikh Mohammed Qadeer[10]
Physiotherapist Verna Angelica D'Silva Loreno[10]

Current squad

The following players were called up for 2019 AFC U-19 Women's Championship qualification.[10] Caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2018.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
21 1GK Sowmiya Narayanaswamy (2000-07-25) 25 July 2000 1 0 Sethu FC
22 1GK Shijagurumayum Monika Devi (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 1 0 Eastern Sporting Union
1 1GK Arumugam Archana (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 5 0 Tamil Nadu

3 2DF Pakpi Devi Yumlembam (2001-12-09) 9 December 2001 15 2 KRYPHSA
5 2DF Thahenbi Devi Maharabam (2000-11-24) 24 November 2000 5 0 Eastern Sporting Union
12 2DF Samiksha (Captain) (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 14 0 Indian Rush Soccer
16 2DF Phijam Sanathokpi Devi (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 2 0 Manipur
17 2DF Kanchan Chanu Waikhom (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 6 1 Mizoram
20 2DF Binita Kerketta (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 0 0
23 2DF Degio Achom (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 3 0 Arunachal Pradesh

2 3MF Soumya Guguloth (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 12 2 Indian Rush Soccer
4 3MF Bawitlung Vanlalhriattiri (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 8 1 Indian Rush Soccer
6 3MF Jabamani Tudu (2002-01-01) 1 January 2002 8 2 Rising Student's Club
7 3MF Grace Lalrampari Hauhnar (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 10 2 Indian Rush Soccer
8 3MF Karishma Rai (2001-10-10) 10 October 2001 4 1 Sikkim
10 3MF Ashem Roja Devi (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 8 4 Eastern Sporting Union
13 3MF Sangita Kumari (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 2 1
18 3MF Soni Behra (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 1 2 Odisha

9 4FW Renu (2001-01-01) January 1, 2001 3 5
11 4FW Manisha Kalyan (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 10 4 Gokulam Kerala
14 4FW Daya Devi Heigrujam (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 3 1
15 4FW Devneta Roy (2001-01-01) January 1, 2001 5 7 West Bengal
19 2DF Mariyammal Balamurugan (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 7 2 Tamilnadu

Results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss



Competitive record

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
0 Titles

AFC U-19 Women's Championship Record

SAFF U-18 Women's Championship

SAFF U-18 Women's Championship record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA GD
Total1/10 Title4301141+13
  • DNP : Did Not Participate
  • DNQ : Did Not Qualify

See also


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