India at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of the Indian national football team's results at the FIFA World Cup. India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents. But the governing body All India Football Federation decided against going to the World Cup, being unable to understand the importance of the event at that time. Reasons given by AIFF was that there was the cost of travel, although FIFA agreed to bear a major part of the travel expenses,[1] lack of practice time, team selection issues and valuing Olympics over FIFA World cup.[2] It was only in 1985 that India first actually played in the qualifiers for the 13th edition, in 1986, at Mexico. India have participated in the qualifiers regularly since 1994 but have never made it past the first round.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Pld W D L GF GA Result
Uruguay 1930 Not a FIFA member
Italy 1934 Not a FIFA member
France 1938 Not a FIFA member
Brazil 1950 Qualified due to withdrawal of other teams, but declined to attend
Switzerland 1954 Entry not accepted by FIFA[3]
Sweden 1958 Did not enter[3]
Chile 1962 Did not enter[3]
England 1966 Did not enter[3]
Mexico 1970 Did not enter[3]
West Germany 1974 Withdrew without playing a match, replaced by Korea DPR[3]
Argentina 1978 Did not enter[3]
Spain 1982 Did not enter[3]
Mexico 1986 6 2 3 1 7 6 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 Withdrew without playing a match[3]
United States 1994 8 1 1 6 8 22 Did not qualify
France1998 3 1 1 1 3 7 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2002 6 3 2 1 11 5 Did not qualify
Germany 2006 6 1 1 4 2 18 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 2 0 1 1 3 6 Did not qualify
Brazil 2014 2 0 1 1 2 5 Did not qualify
Total 33 8 10 15 36 69

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