|Association||All India Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||SAFF (South Asia)|
|Head coach||Maymol Rocky|
|Captain||Loitongbam Ashalata Devi|
|Most caps||Oinam Bembem Devi (85)|
|Top scorer||Sasmita Malik (40)|
|Current||55 2 (26 June 2020)|
|Highest||49 (December 2013)|
|Lowest||92 (September 2009)|
| India 5–0 Singapore |
(Hong Kong; 7 June 1981)
| India 18–0 Bhutan |
(Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh; 13 December 2010)
| China PR 16–0 India |
(Bangkok, Thailand; 11 December 1998)
|Women's Asian Cup|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1979)|
|Best result||Runners-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. 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 1979 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 57 and 13th among the Asian countries.
1970–2009: rise and fall
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 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Team officials and coaching staff
As of September 2018
|Head Coach||Maymol Rocky|
|Assistant Coach||Chaoba Devi Langam|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Rajat Guha|
- As of 30 November 2019
No maintenance of Caps and Goals Please add your knowledge and data.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Aditi Chauhan||20 November 1992||20||0||Gokulam Kerala|
|19||GK||Maibam Linthoingambi Devi||2 February 1999||5||0||KRYPHSA|
|26||GK||Elangbam Panthoi Chanu||1 February 1996||5||6||Manipur Police|
|2||DF||Nganbam Sweety Devi||1 December 1999||13||0||KRYPHSA|
|3||DF||Jabamani Tudu||10 April 2000||9||0||Sethu|
|4||DF||Loitongbam Ashalata Devi (Captain)||3 July 1993||48||3||Sethu|
|15||DF||Ashem Roja Devi||15 April 2000||3||0||KRYPHSA|
|21||DF||Michelle Margaret Castanha||23 December 1992||3||0||Gokulam Kerala|
|DF||Wangkhem Linthoingambi Devi||1 March 1995||0||0||KRYPHSA|
|6||MF||Sangita Basfore||12 July 1996||27||2||SSB Women's FC|
|7||MF||Nongmaithem Ratanbala Devi||2 December 1999||26||10||KRYPHSA|
|12||MF||Manisha Kalyan||27 November 2001||2||0||Gokulam Kerala|
|14||MF||Sorokhaibam Ranjana Chanu||10 March 1999||5||1||KRYPHSA|
|16||MF||Sumithra Kamaraj||5 July 1994||6||2||Sethu|
|20||MF||Ritu Rani||25 May 1997||0||0||Alakhpura FC|
|9||FW||Anju Tamang||22 December 1995||12||1||KRYPHSA|
|10||FW||Ngangom Bala Devi||2 February 1990||46||36||Rangers|
|13||FW||Dangmei Grace||5 February 1996||39||14||KRYPHSA|
|17||FW||Heigrujam Daya Devi||4 April 2000||5||0||Gokulam Kerala|
|18||FW||Sandhiya Ranganathan||20 May 1996||6||3||Sethu|
The following players were named to a squad in the last 12 months.
Caps and goals may be incorrect.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Sowmiya Narayansamy||25 July 2000||1||0||Sethu FC||v. Uzbekistan,(SQUAD); 2 September 2019|
|DF||Pakpi Devi Yumlembam||9 December 2001||0||0||Kryphsa F.C.||v. Uzbekistan; 2 September 2019|
|MF||Sanju Yadav||9 December 1997||30||11||Gokulam Kerala||v. Vietnam; 6 November 2019|
|MF||Grace Lalrampari Hauhnar||1 January 2001||0||0||Gokulam Kerala FC||v. Vietnam; 6 November 2019|
|MF||Karthika Angamuthu||1 January 2001||0||0||Sethu FC||v. Vietnam (squad); November 2019|
|FW||Renu||1 January 2001||0||0||FC Kolhapur City||v. Vietnam (squad); November 2019|
- Asian Games squads
- As of 9 December 2019
|Harjinder Singh||2005 −10||9||2||0||7||22.22|
|Mohammad Shahid Jabbar||2010–13||21||19||1||1||90.48|
Results and fixtures
For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page.
Win Draw Loss
‡ represents FIFA non "A" international, points will not be considered for FIFA ranking.
|29 August 2019 Friendly||India||1–5||Uzbekistan||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|18:00 IST||Bala Devi 5'||Report||Stadium: Yakkasary Stadium|
|2 September 2019 Friendly||Uzbekistan||1–1||India||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|18:00 IST||Lyudmila Karachik 78'||Report||Sandhiya Ranganathan 52'||Stadium: Yakkasary Stadium|
|3 November 2019 Friendly||Vietnam||3–0||India||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|13:30 IST||Report||Stadium: Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre|
|6 November 2019 Friendly||India||1–1||Vietnam||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|13:35 IST||Ranjana Chanu 57'||Report||Thai Thi Thao 39'||Stadium: Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre|
|3 December 2019 2019 S.A Games||India||5–0||Maldives||Pokhara, Nepal|
|13:35 IST||Report||Stadium: Pokhara Rangasala|
Referee: G.M Chowdhury Noyon (Bangladesh)
|5 December 2019 2019 S.A Games||Sri Lanka||0–6||India||Pokhara, Nepal|
|13:35 IST||Report||Stadium: Pokhara Rangasala|
Referee: Mohammed Jalaluddin (Bangladesh)
|7 December 2019 2019 S.A Games||India||1–0||Nepal||Pokhara, Nepal|
||Report||Stadium: Pokhara Rangasala|
|9 December 2019 2019 S.A Games||India||2–0||Nepal||Pokhara, Nepal|
||Report||Stadium: Pokhara Rangasala|
Referee: Mohammad Jalaluddin (Bangladesh)
FIFA Women's World Cup record
|World Cup Finals|
|1991||Did Not Enter|
|1999||Did Not Qualify|
|2011||Did Not Enter|
|2015||Did Not Qualify|
|2023||To Be Determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
Asian competitions record
AFC Women's Asian Cup
- *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.
- DNP: did not participate
- DNQ: did not qualified
- Bold Positions show best finish in the tournaments.
South Asian Football Federation record
SAFF Women's Championship
|SAFF Women's Championship|
South Asian Games
India has won the South Asian Games three times.
|South Asian Games|
Red border indicates, India had hosted the games.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
- "FIFA World Ranking/India Women's". FIFA. Archived from the original on 22 October 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
- "AIFF Wants A Fresh Start For Women's National Team". Goal. 28 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Arunava Chaudhuri (21 July 2015). "India's first women's football national team coach Sushil Bhattacharya passed away". Sportskeeda. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Doyle, Jennifer (28 January 2010). "A World Cup Dream Revives India's Women's Soccer Team". NY Times. India. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- "How women's football in India lost its way". Live mint. 28 July 2017. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- Arunava Chaudhuri. "Gender and sport in India: aspects of women's football by Arunava Chaudhuri (english)". indien-netzwerk.de. Archived from the original on 5 April 2005. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- "Indian Football: This One Is for the Ladies". Hard Tackle. Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- "A World Cup Dream Revives India's Women's Team". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Clubs are showing interest in women's football: Kushal Das". Indian Sports News. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
- "The COTIF lives the presentation of its 35th anniversary". Cotifalcudia. 19 July 2018. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
- "Indian Women enter Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time ever despite fighting loss to Myanmar". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
- "CLEARING ROUND 1 OF OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS OUR BIGGEST FEAT SO FAR: WOMEN'S TEAM COACH MAYMOL ROCKY". AIFF. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "With Iran in hindsight, Indian Women gear up for Nepal". AIFF. Archived from the original on 14 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Nepal rides on Sabitra's early braces to breeze past India". AIFF. Archived from the original on 12 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Myanmar completes 2-goals Victory over India". AIFF. Archived from the original on 14 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "India vs Nepal Olympic Q". AFC. Archived from the original on 11 October 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
- "LOOKING TO DEFEND SAG TITLE, INDIAN WOMEN'S TEAM DEPARTS FOR NEPAL". AIFF. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
- Arunava Chaudhuri (10 September 2005). "Harjinder Singh has been named chief coach". indianfootball.de. indianfootball.de. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- "SAFF Championships: Indian Women Complete Record Hattrick of Football Title". newschoupal.com. 21 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.