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. 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 had never made it past the first round, until 2015, when they beat the Nepal national football team 2-0.