India at the FIFA World Cup
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, lack of practice time, team selection issues and valuing Olympics over FIFA World cup. 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
|FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member|
|1934||Not a FIFA member|
|1938||Not a FIFA member|
|1950||Qualified due to withdrawal of other teams, but declined to attend|
|1954||Entry not accepted by FIFA|
|1958||Did not enter|
|1962||Did not enter|
|1966||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not enter|
|1974||Withdrew without playing a match, replaced by Korea DPR|
|1978||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not enter|
|1986||6||2||3||1||7||6||Did not qualify|
|1990||Withdrew without playing a match|
|1994||8||1||1||6||8||22||Did not qualify|
|1998||3||1||1||1||3||7||Did not qualify|
|2002||6||3||2||1||11||5||Did not qualify|
|2006||6||1||1||4||2||18||Did not qualify|
|2010||2||0||1||1||3||6||Did not qualify|
|2014||2||0||1||1||2||5||Did not qualify|
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