Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

What would stop Team India from playing in the World Cup?

What would stop Team India from playing in the World Cup

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup set to take place in Qatar, there has been much speculation about its status. However, it seems that everything is still on track for the event to go ahead as planned.

There have been some concerns raised about the conditions in Qatar, but it appears that these are being addressed and that the country is well prepared to host the event. There have also been calls for a boycott of the World Cup, but it seems unlikely that this will happen.

So, it looks like the FIFA World Cup 2022 is still on track to take place in Qatar as planned. We can only wait and see how everything unfolds in the lead up to the event.

Football is the most popular sport in India, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to be a hugely popular event. There is a lot of excitement for the event, as it is set to be the first ever World Cup to be held in the Arab world.

The country has a long history of supporting football, and they are always keen to show their enthusiasm for the sport on the world stage.


The threat of a FIFA ban

The threat of a FIFA ban looms over India and Chhetri’s hopes of passing Messi, with the world governing body reportedly unhappy with the state of Indian football.

FIFA is said to be concerned about the lack of progress made by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in ensuring that clubs adhere to financial fair play rules, as well as the on-pitch standard of the I-League.

With India currently ranked 97th in the world, a ban would be a major setback for Chhetri’s hopes of becoming the second highest international goalscorer of all time, behind only Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is also likely to have a significant impact on the development of the game in India, which has been making strides in recent years.

The AIFF is said to be confident that it can avoid a ban, but it remains to be seen whether Fifa will take action against the country.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update this story as more information becomes available.


What is the All India Football Federation (AIFF)?

The All India Football Federation, or AIFF, is the governing body for football in India. It is responsible for the development, promotion and organisation of the sport at all levels in the country.

The AIFF was founded in 1937 and became a member of FIFA, the world governing body for football, in 1948. It is also a founding member of the Asian Football Confederation, the regional governing body for football in Asia.

The AIFF is headquartered in New Delhi and its current president is Praful Patel. The organisation works with state football associations and other stakeholders to promote and grow the sport in India.

Some of the key initiatives undertaken by the AIFF include the launch of the Indian Super League, a professional football league in India, and the setting up of the AIFF Academy, a residential academy for young footballers.

The AIFF also manages the India national football team. The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup but has reached the semi-finals of the Asian Cup on two occasions.

The AIFF is committed to developing football in India and taking the sport to the next level. In doing so, it hopes to inspire more people to take up the game and play it at a competitive level. With its strong grassroots initiatives and programmes, the AIFF is working towards making football a popular sport in India.


AIFF’s current situation

Although the national team is becoming more frequent at the continental competition, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has been in disarray. In 2008, Praful Patel replaced Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who had served as president since 1988 but was hospitalized with a broken hip. 

In the world of football, Patel’s rise has been less bumpy than India’s. The fortunes of the several national teams have changed during his term, but facilities have improved and the domestic game is in flux owing to organizational change, and AIFF’ s 2010 agreement with Reliance to sign a 15-year commercial agreement is still an issue.

In March, the sports ministry cut its funding for the federation by 85% for 2022-23 compared to 2019-20, according to reports, with regards to the national team’s poor performance, disappointment at various age group teams’ performances, and worries regarding women’s soccer. The AIFF was advised to concentrate on the grassroots sector. The constitutional court was informed that the federation’s election problem needed to be resolved.

 As a result, the AIFF has been in a Catch-22 situation.

The AIFF has been mired in controversy for some time now, with many of its decisions coming under scrutiny. The most recent example is the Federation’s decision to appoint former India captain Sunil Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team, which has been met with criticism from many quarters.

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia had earlier publicly criticised the All India Football Federation for its “lack of vision”, and questioned its decision to appoint Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team.

“I think it is a lack of vision from AIFF. They don’t have a roadmap and they are just going with the flow. They need to plan things better. I think it is high time that they bring in people who know the game, who have played the game, and who can guide Indian football in the right direction,” Bhutia had said.


Controversies in the national Indian football scene

The AIFF has been facing criticism for a while now, with many of its decisions coming under scrutiny. The most recent example is the Federation’s decision to appoint former India captain Sunil Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team, which has been met with criticism from many quarters.

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia had earlier publicly criticised the All India Football Federation for its “lack of vision”, and questioned its decision to appoint Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team.

“I think it is a lack of vision from AIFF. They don’t have a roadmap and they are just going with the flow. They need to plan things better. I think it is high time that they bring in people who know the game, who have played the game, and who can guide Indian football in the right direction,” Bhutia had said.

The AIFF has been facing criticism for a while now, with many of its decisions coming under scrutiny. The most recent example is the Federation’s decision to appoint former India captain Sunil Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team, which has been met with criticism from many quarters.

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia had earlier publicly criticised the All India Football Federation for its “lack of vision”, and questioned its decision to appoint Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team.

“I think it is a lack of vision from AIFF. They don’t have a roadmap and they are just going with the flow. They need to plan things better. I think it is high time that they bring in people who know the game, who have played the game, and who can guide Indian football in the right direction,” Bhutia had said.

Bhutia’s comments came after it was revealed that Chhetri will be taking over as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team from current incumbent Luis Norton de Matos.

Chhetri, who is currently the captain of the Indian national team, has no previous coaching experience.

The decision to appoint Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team has been widely criticised, with many feeling that someone with no coaching experience should not be given such a responsibility.

Former India international striker IM Vijayan also criticised the AIFF’s decision to appoint Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team.

“It is a wrong decision. How can someone who has no coaching experience be given charge of the Under-17 team? There are so many experienced coaches in the country who could have been given this job,” Vijayan said.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das defended the decision to appoint Chhetri as the head coach of the Indian Under-17 team, saying that the 34-year-old has the “right attitude” and is a “good motivator”.

“Sunil has the right attitude and he is a good motivator. He understands the modern game well. We are confident that he will do well in his new role,” Das said.

Chhetri will be assisted by former India internationals Shanmugam Venkatesh and Abhishek Yadav in his coaching staff.


Conclusion

The country will host the Under-17 Men’s World Cup in October, and it previously hosted the under-17 women’s edition. The 2022 Women’s Asian Cup took place in January, and despite a somewhat cringe-inducing start when the host country had to withdraw after their bubble was broken, it went rather well in the end, with China overcoming South Korea in the final. 

The men’s 2027 Asian Cup, the continent’s largest football competition, has been bid to India. Staging that tournament at some point is seen as a necessary step toward bringing the World Cup to South Asia.

The recent events are a setback to Indian pride, but they would be nothing compared to a FIFA ban. Nobody wants the issue to get worse. With important changes in domestic competitions and a decision on the 2027 Asian Cup venue impending, it’s now or never for those in charge to “wake up,” according to coach Stimac. The only winner in the entire scenario may well be Messi if they don’t do what he says and “wake up.”

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