With so many developments in the build-up to Indian Football, the question arises about the possibility of India qualifying for the next World Cup tournament that is scheduled to be held in Qatar in 2022. The chances are very low and India’s participation in the next competitive tourney looks far from reality. But, the chances are highly optimistic in the 2026 World Cup tournament as FIFA expands qualified teams from 32 to 48 teams.
Football is the most watched sport in the world. As per the reports, 14% of the Indians are football supporters and the majority is more into cricket because they believe it’s not just a sport but a religion. However, some experts believe that there are more passionate football fans in India.
We saw Indian players giving absolutely everything to keep the fans at the edge of their seats. We saw a relentless support from the fans as they turned up in numbers following the emotional appeal made by Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri.
We even saw fans replacing Argentina or Brazil banners with Indian Football team. The normal atmosphere became electrifying in the football stadiums in India. With the kind of support that the Indian football team received recently, it is very much certain that the Indian football revolution has just begun.
Indian football players showcased their mettle by winning the Intercontinental Cup quite recently. Due to their progress, India’s rankings in football also has improved as it stands 97 in the world. Thanks to Sunil Chhetri’s leadership. He is the leading goal-scorer for India and the third highest goal scorer in the world in International Football.