Details about the India National Football Team: The National Football team of India represents India in International Football. It is controlled and monitored by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
The Indian squad is under the global jurisdiction of the Federation Internationale de Football Association. It is governed in Asia by the AFC.
The AIFF is one of the members who founded the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The Indian squad is a part of the regional federation.
The team had its golden period during the 1950s and early 1960s. During this period, India received gold at the 1951 and 1962 Asian Games. The team stood in fourth place at the 1956 Summer Olympics.
India became the first Asian nation to reach the semi-final of a Federation Internationale de Football Association-organized tournament. India has never participated in the Federation Internationale de Football Association World Cup.
The team made an appearance four times in the AFC Asian Cup. The Indian team was runners-up in 1964. The AFC Asian Cup is Asia’s top football championship.
India is an active participant in the SAFF Championship. The SAFF is the top regional football competition in South Asia. They have won eight times since it began in 1993. They became the most successful team in South Asia.
India has hosted many home matches for the national team in its country. There is no specific domestic ground for the Indian national team.
The list of stadiums where Indian matches have been played is:
The Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi
The Fatorda Stadium in Margao
The Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi
The Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai
The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati
The EKA Arena in Ahmedabad
The 2011 SAFF Championship and 2012 Nehru Cup were hosted at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. The 2015 SAFF Championship took place at Trivandrum International Stadium. The 2017 Hero Tri-Nation Series and 2018 Intercontinental Cup were played at Mumbai Football Arena. The 2019 Intercontinental Cup was held at the EKA Arena.
The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, the Sree Kanteerava Stadium, and the Fatorda stadium have hosted the AFC Asian Cup and Federation Internationale de Football Association World Cup qualifiers.
On 15 May 2019, Igor Štimac was made the head coach of the national team. The other technical staffs who joined him on this journey were his fellow members:
Croats Luka Radman – Fitness Coach of the Indian National Football Team
Tomislav Rogić – Goalkeeping Coach of the Indian National Football Team
The assistant coach Shanmugam Venkatesh continued to hold his original post after his appointment back in February 2015.
List of main Coaching Staff
|Igor Štimac||The Head Coach|
|Saša Vukčevic||The Assistant Coach|
|Luka Radman||The Fitness Coach|
|Tomislav Rogic||The Goalkeeping Coach|
|Milivoje Živkovic||The Technical Director|
Past head coaches
|Syed Abdul Rahim||1951–1952|
|Syed Abdul Rahim||1954|
|Syed Abdul Rahim||1956–1962|
|Sailendra Nath Manna||1961|
|G. M. Pentiah||1963|
|S. R. Deb||1967|
|Sailendra Nath Manna||1968|
|G. M. H. Basha||1970–1971|
|P. K. Banerjee||1972–1974|
|G. M. H. Basha||1977|
|G. M. H. Basha||1980|
|P. K. Banerjee||1981–1982|
|P. K. Banerjee||1985–1986|
The following players were selected for the final squad for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Sahal Abdul Samad