India national under-17 football team

The India national under-17 football team represents India in international football at the under-17 level. Controlled by the All India Football Federation, the governing body for football in India, the team is part of the Asian Football Confederation and the South Asian Football Federation.

India Under-17
Nickname(s)Blue Colts
AssociationAll India Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachBibiano Fernandes
CaptainMaheson Singh Tongbram
FIFA codeIND
First colours
Second colours
First international
 China PR 2–1 India 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 20 August 1984)
Biggest win
 India 13–0 Macau 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 27 August 1984)
Biggest defeat
 Uzbekistan 8–0 India 
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 5 October 2011)
 Russia 8–0 India 
(St. Petersburg, Russia; 8 January 2017)
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultGroup stage (2017)
AFC U-16 Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1990)
Best resultQuarter-final (2002, 2018)
South Asian Championship
Appearances6 (first in 2011)
Best resultChampions (2013, 2017, 2019)

HistoryEdit

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

India has participated for the first time in FIFA U-17 World Cup as hosts in the 2017 edition of the tournament. This was the first time ever[1] that a team representing India would participate in the finals of a FIFA organized world tournament. India was placed in group A along with, United States, Ghana and Columbia. On 6 October 2017, India played their first ever match in FIFA-U17 World Cup history against United States in front of 47,000 spectators. But unfortunately, India lost the match by 3–0. India played their Second match against Colombia. In 82nd minute Jeakson Singh Thounaojam became the first Indian goalscorer in any FIFA tournament. In the third match of group stage, India faced Ghana where they lost 4–0, finishing bottom of the group A.[2] India also failed to qualify for 2019 edition when they lost by 1–0 in the Quarter final match against South Korea at the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship.[3]

AFC U-16 ChampionshipEdit

The AFC U-16 Championship is the top level tournament for under-16 football teams in Asia and began in 1985.[4] India participated in the tournament for the first time in 1990. They were knocked-out of the tournament in the group stage, finishing third in their four-team group with one against Jordan.[5] The team qualified again for the tournament in 1996 where they finished last in their group which included Bahrain, China, Iran, and Thailand. The team lost three of their four matches, with their sole victory coming against China.[6]

India qualified again for the tournament in 2002, where they reached the quarter-final round, in their best result to date. The team took on South Korea in the quarter-finals but lost 3–1, and thus failed to advance further.[7] Following the 2002 tournament, India qualified for the next tournament in Japan. Two defeats and one victory in the group stage saw India finish third in their group, and were knocked out from the tournament.[8]

After failing to qualify for 2006 AFC U-17 Championship, India qualified for the 2008 edition. Two defeats before a sole victory over Indonesia saw India once again make it no further than the group stage.[9] The same result followed in 2012, only this time with no wins in the group stage.[10]

India, for the seventh time, participated in the tournament in 2016 with the nation hosting the tournament. Despite home advantage, India once again could not make it beyond the group stage and finished last in their group which consisted of themselves, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.[11]

India qualified for 2018 AFC U-16 Championship by participating in the qualification round. India defeated Palestine, 3–0, then played a 2–2 draw against Nepal and finally qualified for the 2018 edition when they played a goalless draw against the defending champion Iraq. India played its group stage matches against Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia at the 2018 edition in Malaysia. They defeated Vietnam by 1–0, then held Iran to a goal less draw and finally qualified for the knock out stages by holding Indonesia to a 0–0 draw. In the quarter finals they were defeated 1-0 by heavy weights South Korea, ending their run in the tournament.[3]

India has also qualified for the 2020 AFC U-16 Championship by participating in the qualifying round. In the first game they defeated Turkmenistan 5–0. In the second game also they defeated Bahrain by an identical score line. They finally qualified for the finals by holding Uzbekistan to a 1–1 draw. India is clubbed with Korea Republic, Australia and Uzbekistan in Group C for the tournament.[12]

SAFF U-15 ChampionshipEdit

In 2009, the SAFF U-16 Championship was launched.[13] India participated in the first edition of the tournament in 2011. After an opening day surprise defeat to Pakistan, India qualified for the next round after defeating the Maldives 5–0. India then made it to the final, defeating Nepal on penalties, but again lost to Pakistan in the final 2–1.[14] India fared much better in the 2013 edition, finishing first in their group of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, before defeating Afghanistan in the semi-final on penalties. In the final, India defeated Nepal 1–0 to win the tournament for the first time.[15]

As reigning champions, India entered the 2015 edition of the tournament with a 5–0 victory over Sri Lanka. India then suffered a 2–1 defeat to Bangladesh to finish second in the group, and but still qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, India once again defeated Nepal 1–0, but lost to Bangladesh in the final on penalties.[16]

At the 2017 edition India entered into semi-final, defeating Maldives and Nepal by 9–0 and 2–1 respectively. In the semi-final they defeated Bhutan by 3–0 and entered to the final and faced Nepal again and defeated them by 2–1 to become SAFF champion for the second time after 2013.[17]

2019 edition of the tournament was their third title. In this edition the tournament was played in round robin, thus India played against all other teams and managed to win all their matches without a goal conceded. In the final they faced Nepal whom they easily defeated by 7−0 margin, thus scoring 28 goals in 5 matches, becoming champions for the third time.[18]

AIFF Youth CupEdit

The AIFF Youth Cup was first competed for in 2016. It was organized by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as a preparatory tournament for the India under-17 team for the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The first tournament was held from 15 May to 25 May 2016 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa.[19] A total of five teams participated in the tournament after being invited by the All India Football Federation. The final was won 2–1 by South Korea over the United States.[20]

Coaching staffEdit

As of 20 August 2018

The following officials are present Coaching staffs for the U17 team.[21]

Position Name
U−16 Head Coach   Bibiano Fernandes
Asstt. Coach   Kanan Vitthal Priolkar
Asstt. Coach   Piadade Savio Medeira
U−15 Coach   Bishesh Kumar Panda
Goalkeeping Coach   Felix D'Souza
Physiotherapist   Burhan Amin
Team Manager   Rocky
Video Analyst   Mishal Mohammed Thanveer

PlayersEdit

U-17 SquadEdit

As of 11 January 2021

The following 23 players were named in the final squad for 2020 AFC U-16 Championship qualification.[22]

No Name Date of Birth Club State Caps(goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Aman Kumar Sahani (2004-05-08) 8 May 2004 (age 17)   Hyderabad Uttar Pradesh 7 (0)
12 Som Kumar (2005-02-27) 27 February 2005 (age 16)   NK Krka Uttarakhand 0 (0)
23 Lionel Daryl Rynmei (2005-11-10) 10 November 2005 (age 16)   AIFF Regional Academy Manipur 2 (0)
Defenders
2 Pritam Meetei Sorokhaibam (2004-01-01) 1 January 2004 (age 17)   Chandigarh Football Academy Manipur 7 (0)
4 Anish Mazumder (2004-06-24) 24 June 2004 (age 17)   Bengaluru West Bengal 8 (1)
5 Amandeep (2004-04-09) 9 April 2004 (age 17)   Indian Arrows Chandigarh 7 (1)
16 Abhishek Singh Tekcham (2005-06-14) 14 June 2005 (age 16)   Roundglass Punjab Manipur 0 (0)
19 Shameek Caine Vas (2004-05-07) 7 May 2004 (age 17)   Dempo Goa 3 (0)
22 Halen Nongtdu (2004-02-02) 2 February 2004 (age 17)   Indian Arrows Meghalaya 5 (0)
Midfielders
6 Sibajit Singh Leimapokam (2004-07-23) 23 July 2004 (age 17)   Chandigarh Football Academy Manipur 6 (1)
8 Satvik Sharma (2004-11-06) 6 November 2004 (age 17)   Chandigarh Football Academy Delhi 2 (0)
10 Maheson Singh Tongbram (2005-03-02) 2 March 2005 (age 16)   Roundglass Punjab Manipur 11 (3)
11 Taison Singh Loitongbam (2004-08-11) 11 August 2004 (age 17)   Indian Arrows Manipur 7 (4)
13 Lalremtluanga Fanai (2004-02-01) 1 February 2004 (age 17)   Bengaluru Manipur 0 (0)
14 Kunal Gurung (2004-04-09) 9 April 2004 (age 17)   Bengaluru Sikkim 0 (0)
17 Ebindas Yesudasan (2004-08-11) 11 August 2004 (age 17)   AIFF Elite Academy Kerala 1 (1)
20 Aula Siba Prasad (2005-06-18) 18 June 2005 (age 16)   AIFF Regional Academy Odisha 3 (0)
21 Mrinmoy Debbarma (2004-05-30) 30 May 2004 (age 17)   Bengaluru Tripura 0 (0)
Forwards
10 Shubho Paul (2004-03-04) 4 March 2004 (age 17)   Sudeva Delhi West Bengal 11 (8)
9 Sridarth Nongmeikapam (2005-04-19) 19 April 2005 (age 16)   Sudeva Delhi Manipur 11 (15)
15 Suhail Ahmed Bhat (2004-12-15) 15 December 2004 (age 16)   AIFF Regional Academy Jammu & Kashmir 1 (0)
18 Himanshu Jangra (2004-07-21) 21 July 2004 (age 17)   Delhi FC Haryana 8 (8)

Past squadsEdit

FIFA U-17 World Cup
AFC U-16 Championship squads

Recent results and fixturesEdit

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

India U-16 fixturesEdit

10 January 2021 (2021-01-10) Friendly   India 1–0 FC Goa Reserves  Goa
15 January 2021 (2021-01-15) Friendly Al Hamriyah Club   Cancelled   India Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: Al Hamriyah Sports Club
18 January 2021 (2021-01-18) Friendly Liwa FC   0–1   India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ebindas   Stadium: Spanish Soccer School Ground
21 January 2021 (2021-01-21) Friendly United Arab Emirates   3–0   India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: UAE FA Stadium
24 January 2021 (2021-01-24) Friendly United Arab Emirates   0–1   India Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Suhail   Stadium: UAE FA Stadium
26 January 2021 (2021-01-26) Friendly Sharjah FC   2–4   India Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Stadium: Sharjah Football Stadium
2021 2020 AFC U16 Championship Australia   Cancelled   India Riffa, Bahrain
Stadium: Bahrain National Stadium

India U-15 fixturesEdit

15 October 2021 2021 SAFF U-15 G.S India   v TBD TBD

Competitive historyEdit

FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

AFC U-16 ChampionshipEdit

SAFF U-15 ChampionshipEdit

SAFF U-15 Championship record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2011 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 1 2 7 4
  2013 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 7 1
  2015 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 8 3
  2017 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 16 2
  2018 Semi-Final 3rd 4 2 1 1 6 3
  2019 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 28 0
Total 6/6 3 Titles 25 17 4 4 72 13
*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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