Will India qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Not by a long shot.
Right now we’re definitely improving and a solid middle tier Asian team but the World Cup is just too far away.
Rishi Sengupta, Been following the sport since a decade, intensive knowledge
In my opinion, no. They're a good group of players but they still have a long way to go. We have talent and a good coach in Stephen Constantine. First we need to become a dominant team in Asia, then only can we aim for the World Cup
Dinesh S, Bachelor of Technology Information Technology, Anna University, Tamil Nadu, India (2011)
I would say No straight away. But, the realistic chance of getting closer to qualification should be FIFA 2026 WC. AIFF must do better to prepare for that standard of games.
Chitrartha, Writer and fanatic
Currently, The Indian Football team is ranked 96th in FIFA rankings. in 8 years’ time, I see it getting better. Let us not be overly optimistic and say our nation would be ranked 85th by the time the Qatar World Cup starts.
Russia was the lowest ranked team in this edition of the world cup and they had automatic qualification because they were the hosts.
The qualifiers for the next World Cup will be played in 2020–21, and by then, sadly, I do not see the potential in our team to reach the the grandest stage of ’em all.
2026 and onward though, FIFA has decided to have a World Cup with 48 teams rather than the current tradition of 32. Each continent gets to have more teams in the tournament and surely the Indian team, if supported by it’s people and the Sports Authority of India, can proudly stand with their heads up high when the Indian National Anthem is played on the American soil.
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Varun Gupta, BTech Mechanical Engineering, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial College of Engineering and Management Lucknow (2017)
Depending on how they perform in the Asian Qualifiers. But there is a huge chance of India being a part of World Cup 2026 considering their performances recently ass their will be 48 teams in 2026.
Paul William Dixon, lives in Jundiaí, Brazil
I would say India has a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup, but in 2026.
Firstly, the World Cup will be 48 teams rather than 32.
The 16 remaining vacancies would be: one each for additional hosts + 3 for each Confederation (the last Asian berth and the last African berth out of these could be decided in a play-off or minitournament with 2 teams from Oceania).
Asia would have 7 teams: 4 teams as at present + 3 new allocated teams (assuming they beat the Oceania representatives)
My bet: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, South Korea, Uzbekistan, India
Answer is No , cause we do have a good team but hardly not a good team .It’s good to see that we are 107 th in ranking and 13 th in Asia ,but that's not enough . But there are chances in future as we all have witnessed by now how well our U 17 have played against those teams and how well they were as a team.
Harry Kriewaldt, Historian in training (PhD candidate), inveterate traveller
If the Indian team were to do sufficiently well in qualification, why not?
There is, I would submit, a considerable gulf between India’s current performance and the standard required to qualify. Whether that can be bridged in time for the 2022 tournament - qualifying for which will get underway in the coming year or so - is anyone’s guess. I’d suggest not, for the simple reason that these things take time
No chances of qualifying if there are 32 teams. Minimum chances if 40 teams are allowed. But that by no means should dampen the spirit of AIFF.
India should be eyeing for the 2026 World Cup instead. WC will be extended to 48 teams. Also, recent victories of younger teams are heartening. So, India should train its U-14, U-17 and U-20 teams really well if it wants to race for the World Cup of 26, North America.
Aditya Rathour, Student Officer at Reading
Because India increasing rating is fast and you saw improvements in last 2 year(2015 ranking 178 jump to 97 in 2018).But there are some points which show that we have to improve more.
1)popularity - football is most popular game in world followed by cricket but in india they are not popular as much as cricket.
2)Weak structure- In our country the structure of cricket is very strong from junior to senior level but we have to improve a lot in football.We need some more thing like these more coaching centeres e. t. c.
3) support from go nment- yes yes I am right if you follow Indian Football regularly then you know that Indian Football qualify for the Asian Games 2018 but Indian go nment don't send them because they do not qualify on their basics they are not in top 8 in Asia but I think that's not your work that they qualify or not that's Asian Federation work .you have to do only that you have to spend money on them and support them.
there are more points which need to improve but they are main and need a lot of improvement and if they improve they can qualify
Kaustav Ray, former Sportswriter at Infootball.co
India first has to be part of Asian Football’s Elite before dreaming of World Cup .
Logan, Football lover
Can't say about this.
First we have just qualified for Asian Cup 2019
Inorder to qualify for the world cup we need to be on par with some of the Asian elites like Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan, Australia etc.
We don't even play friendly with these countries. If we start playing these countries and start beating them , then we can say we are one of the asian elites. Then and only then we can think of qualifying for World cup.
Fingers crossed as anything can happen in football.
The chances are very less but yes there are chances. 22 is very difficult to be honest. We're are seeing this Indian team with in form Chhetri who's leading us. By 2022 he may not be present in team.
Also we first try to reach semifinals of AFC next year.
Ray of hope - our current U16/U17 squad will be playing in 2026.