India women's national football team

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AssociationAll India Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachMaymol Rocky
CaptainAditi Chauhan
Most capsOinam Bembem Devi (85)
Top scorerSasmita Malik (40)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 62 Decrease 3 (7 December 2018)[1]
Highest49[2] (December 2013)
Lowest92[2] (September 2009)
First international
 India 5–0 Singapore 
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
Biggest win
 India 18–0 Bhutan 
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 13 December 2010)
Biggest defeat
 China PR 16–0 India 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 11 December 1998)
Women's Asian Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1979)
Best resultRunners-up (1979 and 1983)

The India women's national football team is controlled by the All India Football Federation and represents India in women's international football competitions. The women's team resumed playing on 7 September 2012 after nearly a year-long hiatus.[3] Under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and governed in Asia by the AFC, the team is also part of the South Asian Football Federation. The team was one of the best teams in Asia in the mid 70s to early 80s, when they became runners-up at 1980 and 1983 AFC Women's Asian Cup. Presently, the Indian team has won all the SAFF Women's Championship that they have participated in since 2010.

The team has yet to participate in the FIFA Women's World Cup and Olympic Games, and failed to participate in the last 5 Asian Cups since 2003 at Thailand, as their last participation. Present ranking of the team according to FIFA Women's World Rankings is 60 and 13th among the Asian countries.


1970-2009: rise and fall[edit]

Football for women in Asia started later compared to their male counterparts. The seed of women’s football in India was planted in the early 1970s. The first manager was Sushil Bhattacharya, in 1975[4][5] and from 1975 till 1991, the administration of the game was in the hands of the Women’s Football Federation of India (WFFI) which comes under the Asian Ladies’ Football Confederation (ALFC) that had recognition from neither Fifa nor AFC (Asian Football Confederation). Both organizations continuously tried to dissuade Asian countries from sending teams to these tournaments for which the first few editions of AFC Women's Asian Cup other unofficial tournaments seen very few teams to participate and thus the 1980 Calicut edition of Asian Championship featured two Indian teams (India N & India S), Western Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.[6] India did well enough in all these unofficial tournaments under Sushil Bhattacharya and India S become runners-up at Calicut. In the next edition of 1981 India achieved third position, defeated by Thailand and again became runners-up in the 1983 edition losing to Thailand again. This was the best chapter for the Indian women team in the Asian platform as since 1983 the performance declined along with mismanagement in the federation and failing to promote the games at all level in every state of India. The game was administered by WFFI from 1975 until the early 1990s, when they were absorbed into the AIFF as despite their impressive display at the Asian level, women’s football in India went into the state of gloom by the end of the eighties due to the previous federation failure of promoting the women's football to the level it had deserved.[7]

But the AIFF too did very less to lift the women's football from their meager condition. It was the time when FIFA conceptualised and organised FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 and International Olympic Committee started the women's competition at 1996 Summer Olympics. Time and again, the AIFF officials stated that lifting the standard of women’s football to the level of their Asian counterparts was their chief aim but they never backed up their words with actions. AIFF was treating women’s football as an extra burden was a fact which was hidden from no one but it became evident when they failed to sponsor the team’s first foreign trip in 1997 to Germany before the Asian Championships. Eventually, the trip was made possibly with the help of the German Football Association and NRI’s living in Germany.[8]

1998 Asian Games was first participation for the national team but came out to be nightmare as they defeated by Chinese Taipei with a score line of 1-13 in the second match and again on the 3rd match they faced the biggest defeat in the history by China PR with an embarrassing scoreline of 0-16.

The women's game reached a new low in June 2009 when FIFA delisted the side from its world rankings for being out of action for more than 18 months.[9] From 1991 to 2010 the performance of the Indian team was very poor, participating in just 5 editions of Asian Championships, 2003 as their last participation in which they faced a repeated embarrassing defeat with 0-12 scoreline from China PR. FIFA Women's World Cup and Olympics participation is yet be a reality for the Indian team.


After 2009 sanction by FIFA, the AIFF started to put their minds in place to better the condition of the national team and women's football, which led to commencing SAFF Women's Championship and also including women's football in the South Asian Games. Indian team earn massive success in SAFF competitions. Winning the SAFF Women's Championship four times in row without losing a single game. Additionally they won two gold medals at South Asian Games.

On 17 December 2014, AIFF Secretary Kushal Das stated that the goal for women's football from 2014 to 2017 was to increase the ranking of the India senior team to the top 40s and the top 8 in Asia, start a professional women's league by 2015, and to qualify for both the U19 and U16 versions of the AFC championships.[10] which is now far from reality as India is 60th by FIFA World Rankings and 13th among the Asian countries and yet to qualify for AFC Women's Asian Cup since 2003, FIFA Women's World Cup and Olympic Games.

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. Again for Rio 2016 Olympics they participated in the AFC qualifiers, first match was a win defeating Sri Lanka with score 4−1 then shocking defeat from Myanmar with a score line 0-7 which led the way out from the qualifiers.

India participated for the second time at the Asian games in 2014, but the condition was not better than the previous participation, 16 years back in 1998. Though India defeated Maldives easily with 15-0 score, but a similar fate of Maldives was faced by them in the next two matches where they were defeated by both South Korea and Thailand with the same score of 0-10.

In August 2018, Indian women national team was invited to participate in Cotif Tournament where clubs and national and autonomous teams participate every year since 1984, held at Valencia, Spain. 2018 Cotif was 35th Anniversary of the tournament.[11] At this tournament they faced 3 Spanish club teams and Morocco. First lost to Fundación Albacete, 1-4, then to Levante UD, 0-5, then the Moroccan side defeated India with a score 5-1, but on the last match India played with maturity, though lost to Madrid CFF with 0-1 score.

In November 2018, India qualified to the second round of 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the first time since the qualifying tournament started for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[12][13]

For preparation of 2020 Olympics 2nd round qualifiers India played two matches each against Hong Kong and Indonesia winning all four of them 5−2 & 1−0 against Hong Kong and 3−0 & 2−0 against Indonesia respectively.[14] [15] Following these matches India played at the Women's Gold Cup organised at home, where they won their first match against Iran by 1−0 but lost next two matches to Nepal and Myanmar by 1−2 and 0−2 respectively and failed to reach the final.[16][17][18]

Team officials and coaching staff[edit]

As of September 2018[19]

Team Officials
Name Position
India Maymol Rocky Head Coach
India Chaoba Devi Langam Assistant Coach
India Lourembam Ronibala Chanu Goalkeeping Coach
India Priyanka Bodkhe Physiotherapist


Current squad[edit]

As of 24 February 2019

The following 25 players were called up for the 2018 Turkish Women's Cup as a preparation for 2020 Olympic Qualifying 2nd round.[20]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aditi Chauhan (Captain) 20 November 1992 (age 24) 18 0 India India Rush S.C.
19 1GK Maibam Linthoingambi Devi 0 0 India Eastern Sporting Union
20 1GK Sowmiya Narayansamy 0 0 India Sethu F.C.
2 2DF Nganbam Sweety Devi (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 11 0 India Eastern Sporting Union
3 2DF Jabamani Tudu (2001-04-10) 10 April 2001 (age 17) 9 0 India Rising Student Club
4 2DF Loitongbam Ashalata Devi (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 25) 43 3 India KRYPHSA F.C.
5 2DF Lako Phuti Bhutia (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 21) 9 1 India Sikkim
17 2DF Dalima Chhibber (1997-08-30) 30 August 1997 (age 21) 18 0 India India Rush S.C.
21 2DF Michelle Margaret Castanha (1995-12-24) December 24, 1995 (age 23) 3 0 India FC Pune City (women)
2DF Phijam Sanathokpi Devi 0 0 India Manipur
6 3MF Sangita Basfore (1997-05-18) 18 May 1997 (age 21) 13 0 India Rising Student Club
8 3MF Sanju Yadav (1997-12-09) 9 December 1997 (age 21) 16 4 India Rising Student Club
12 3MF Indumathi Kathiresan 17 8 India Indira Gandhi AS&E
14 3MF Sorokhaibam Ranjana Chanu 3 0 India KRYPHSA F.C.
16 3MF Sumithra Kamaraj 4 1 India
22 3MF Manisha 2 0 India Sethu F.C.
3MF Grace Hauhnar Lalrampari 0 0 India India Rush S.C.
7 4FW Nongmaithem Ratanbala Devi 11 7 India KRYPHSA F.C.
10 4FW Anju Tamang (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 (age 23) 11 1 India Rising Student Club
11 4FW Dangmei Grace (1996-02-05) 5 February 1996 (age 23) 21 6 India KRYPHSA F.C.
15 4FW Ashem Roja Devi 1 0 India Eastern Sporting Union
18 4FW Sandhiya Ranganathan 3 1 India Indira Gandhi AS&E
4FW Renu 0 0 India

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were also named to the Indian squad in the latest tournaments and friendlies .

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Shreya Hooda 0 0 India Haryana v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
GK Elangbam Panthoi Chanu (1996-12-23) 23 December 1996 (age 22) 5 0 India Eastern Sporting Union 2020 Olympic Q
GK Okram Roshini Devi (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 25) 7 0 India KRYPHSA F.C. 2018 Cotif Cup

DF Poley Koley 0 0 India Sethu F.C. v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
DF Poonam Sharma 0 0 India FC Pune City (women) 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
DF Yumlembam Pakpi Devi 0 0 India KRYPHSA F.C. 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
DF Manisha Panna (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 27) 16 1 India Eastern Sporting Union 2020 Olympic Q
DF Purnima Linda 0 0 India 2020 Olympic QPRE
DF W. Linthoingambi Devi 0 0 India KRYPHSA F.C. 2020 Olympic QPRE
DF W. Ranjibala Devi 0 0 India Eastern Sporting Union 2020 Olympic QPRE
DF Thokchom Umapati Devi (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 12 1 India Eastern Sporting Union 2018 Cotif Cup
DF Gurumayum Radharani Devi (1991-01-03) January 3, 1991 (age 28) 8 1 India Eastern Sporting Union 2018 AFC Q

MF Ranjita Devi 0 0 India v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
MF Arati Sethi 0 0 India 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
MF Kshetrimayum Margaret Devi 0 0 India 2020 Olympic Q
MF Prameshwori Devi 13 9 India Eastern Sporting Union 2018 Cotif Cup
MF Moirangthem Mandakini Devi (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 (age 28) 10 7 India Eastern Sporting Union 2018 Cotif Cup
MF Sasmita Malik (1989-05-08) May 8, 1989 (age 29) 35 40 India Rising Student Club 2018 AFC QRET
MF Lochana Munda (1989-04-10) April 10, 1989 (age 29) 0 0 India Rising Student Club 2018 AFC QPRE
MF Ngoubi Devi 0 0 India Rising Student Club 2018 AFC QPRE
MF Yumlembam Premi Devi (1993-12-06) December 6, 1993 (age 25) 16 2 India Eastern Sporting Union v.  Malaysia; 31 July 2017

FW Mamta 0 0 India v.  IndonesiaPRE; 30 January 2019
FW Pyari Xaxa (1997-05-18) May 18, 1997 (age 21) 7 3 India Rising Student Club v.  Indonesia; 27 January 2019
FW Techi Akung 0 0 India 2020 Olympic Q 2nd RPRE
FW Ngangom Bala Devi (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 29) 44 36 India KRYPHSA F.C. v.  Myanmar; 13 November 2018
FW Yumnam Kamala Devi (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 27) 34 29 India Eastern Sporting Union v.  Myanmar; 13 November 2018
FW Jyoti Chauhan 0 0 India 2020 Olympic QPRE
FW Kashmina (1995-03-03) March 3, 1995 (age 24) 0 0 India Eastern Sporting Union 2018 AFC QPRE

INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury
SUS = Serving suspension
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby
RET = Retired from international football

Past squads[edit]

Asian Games squads

Head coaches[edit]

As of 11 February 2019
Name Years Played Won Tied Lost Win %
India Sushil Bhattacharya 1975– 35 16 3 16 45.71
India Harjinder Singh 2005[21] –2010 9 2 0 7 22.22
India Mohammad Shahid Jabbar 2010–2013 21 19 1 1 90.48
India Anadi Barua 2013–14 5 2 1 1 40
India Tarun Roy 2014–15 8 6 0 2 75
India Sajid Dar 2015-17 14 7 3 6 50
India Maymol Rocky 2017– 10 7 1 2 70
Totals 103 59 9 35 57.28

Results and fixtures[edit]

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page.

  Win   Draw   Loss


FIFA Women's World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did Not Enter
Sweden 1995
United States 1999 Did Not Qualify
United States 2003
China 2007
Germany 2011 Did Not Enter
Canada 2015 Did Not Qualify
France 2019
Total 0/8 - - - - - - - -
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Asian competitions record[edit]

AFC Women's Asian Cup[edit]

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
At 1979 AFC Asia Cup India placed two teams, India Senior(India S) and India Novice(India N), other version called as India North and India South.

Asian Games[edit]

  • DNP: did not participate
  • DNQ: did not qualified
Bold Positions show best finish in the tournaments.

South Asian Football Federation record[edit]

SAFF Women's Championship[edit]

India has won the SAFF Women's Championship four times in a row.[22]

SAFF Women's Championship
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
Bangladesh 2010 Winners 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 40 0 40
Sri Lanka 2012 Winners 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 33 1 32
Pakistan 2014 Winners 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 36 1 35
India 2016 Winners 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 3 1 0 11 3 8
Total 4/4 19 18 1 0 120 5 115

South Asian Games[edit]

India has won the South Asian Games two times.

South Asian Games
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA GD
Bangladesh 2010 Winners 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 29 2 27
India 2016 Winners 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 3 2 0 14 1 13
Total 2/2 2 Titles 10 8 2 0 43 3 40

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "FIFA World Ranking/India Women's". FIFA. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ "AIFF Wants A Fresh Start For Women's National Team". Goal. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  4. ^ Arunava Chaudhuri (21 July 2015). "India's first women's football national team coach Sushil Bhattacharya passed away". Sports Keeda. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ Doyle, Jennifer (2010-01-28). "A World Cup Dream Revives India's Women's Soccer Team". India: NY Times. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  6. ^ "How women's football in India lost its way". Live mint. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  7. ^ "Gender and sport in India: aspects of women's football by Arunava Chaudhuri (english)". Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  8. ^ "Indian Football: This One Is For The Ladies". Hard Tackle. Retrieved 2018-08-08.
  9. ^ "A World Cup Dream Revives India's Women's Team". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  10. ^ "Clubs are showing interest in women's football: Kushal Das". Indian Sports News. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  11. ^ "The COTIF lives the presentation of its 35th anniversary". Cotifalcudia. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Indian Women enter Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time ever despite fighting loss to Myanmar". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
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  18. ^ "MYANMAR COMPLETE 2-GOAL VICTORY OVER INDIA". AIFF. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  19. ^ "India vs Nepal Olympic Q". AFC. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  21. ^ "Harjinder Singh has been named chief coach". 10 September 2005. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  22. ^ "SAFF Championships: Indian Women Complete Record Hattrick of Football Title". 21 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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