Women’s soccer in India

Blog By: Riya Rathore

Soccer is an organisation which uses football – the beautiful game which is unique yet a perfect vehicle that transcends race, religion, language and gender to bring about a change in the lives of street dwellers.The team has been out of action for a long time but will be taking the field next week at Siliguri. The India Women’s national team moved up three places to be ranked 54th by FIFA in the latest rankings published on Friday afternoon. The team, which has been out of action for quite some time now, took advantage of the inactivity of Ecuador and Iran, who slipped 77 and 73 steps respectively, owing to not playing any matches in last eighteen months. India, however, will be taking the field next week at Siliguri when they start their title defense at the Women’s SAFF Cup – a tournament they have never lost since the inception. With Pakistan missing from action this year, they are expected to bring home the laurels once again. India are now 12th in the continent, with Japan leading the pack.

At the global level, USA finished at the top followed by Olympics champions Germany and France. The first manager was Sushil Bhattacharya, in 1975Indian team runner up to Chinese Taipei women’s national football team in 1979 and to Thailand women’s national football team in 1983 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.Indian teams best record at AFC Women’s Championship.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. Indian team earn massive success in SAFF competitions. Additionally they wins two gold medals at South Asian Games. Indian men’s soccer team got a huge applaud after they secured 100th rank in FIFA world ranking after 21 years. But, very few know that Indian women soccer team is world’s 56th ranked. Despite such a good ranking there is hardly any talk about Indian eves soccer team’s efforts, lament Aditi Chauhan, goalkeeper of the national team. popularity of soccer will go up in India. “CRPF is selecting the players in Madhya Pradesh. This is a good opportunity for soccer players of the state to make their presence felt at the national level by participating in such tournaments.