All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel on Tuesday stated that the nationwide ladies’s facet can qualify for the FIFA World Cup earlier than the lads’s group does, regardless of the much less consideration given to them. Patel stated the AIFF is hoping for the ladies’s group to qualify for the 2027 FIFA World Cup. Supporting Patel’s view, the sports activities ministry requested the AIFF to arrange a “concrete and actionable” roadmap to work in direction of the ladies group’s qualification within the 2027 World Cup.
“Women team’s FIFA ranking is better than the men’s team, which is very good, when we had less attention to women’s football compared to men’s,” Patel stated in a digital interplay with the members of the U-17 Women’s World Cup group with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in attendance.
“When these kids grow, I feel the women’s team will be participating in the World Cup much before the men … and I’m very hopeful about 2027 edition (of FIFA World Cup). We will continue to give all the support and I am sure these players will very well represent India in future,” stated Patel.
The ladies’s group is at present ranked 55 out of 159 nations whereas the lads’s group is 104 out of 210 nations. Rijiju additionally expressed related optimism, saying that within the close to future, India will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Be it senior or junior, ranking of women’s team is higher than men’s. We have ability to qualify, even if we are not the host nation. I believe India will soon qualify in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. We feel that the men should also qualify,” he stated.
While summing up the details popping out of the interplay, Sports Authority of India Director General Sandeep Pradhan requested the AIFF to arrange a street map with a “vision” of the ladies’s group qualifying for 027 World Cup.
“We request the AIFF to bring all the stake-holders together and come up with a concrete and actionable road-map for participation in the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup. That is the vision. That will make India a power-house in women’s football in 2027,” Pradhan stated.
India was to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup this 12 months however after a postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the age group showpiece was cancelled. The nation was, nonetheless, given the internet hosting proper for the 2022 version.
Patel knowledgeable that eight members of the present U-17 group are eligible to play within the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup as they’re 2005-born whereas the remaining might be age-barred. He urged the gamers, who will miss the 2022 U-17 World Cup, to not get dissatisfied, saying there are a number of different alternatives for them.
“Our young girls should not lose hope, because you will get many opportunities to play for the country. There is qualification round one in March (next year) for FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 and round 2 in August, you will get a chance for that and we are starting the camp in January,” knowledgeable Patel.
“India is also hosting Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 and by then some of you will be 18-19 years old and you can get a chance to play in the senior national team.”
He additionally stated that the AIFF is making a developmental group for these ladies gamers on the strains of males’s Indian Arrows — which play within the I-League — to participate within the Indian Women’s League. Rijiju stated the federal government would proceed to supply help to the AIFF in internet hosting the 2022 version of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
“We will continue the same preparations for 2022 as we did for 2020 and give financial and manpower support from the government side,” he stated.
“I was disappointed that some of the U-17 girls won’t be able to play in 2022 due to age factor. But there is nothing to be disappointed, you can play in U-20, senior category, you are the future. There is nothing to worry, we will give all the support,” Rijiju stated.
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