India national under-20 football team

The India national Under-20 football team, also known as India Under-20s or India U20(s), represents India at all under-20 football tournaments. They are one of the feeder teams for the India national under-23 football team and the senior India national football team.

India Under-20
Nickname(s)Blue Colts
AssociationAll India Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachShanmugam Venkatesh
FIFA codeIND
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Burma 1–1 India 
(Malaya; 19 April 1963)
Biggest win
 India 7–0 Nepal   
(Bangkok, Thailand; 23 April 1972)
(Non-verifiable)
 India 6–0 Sri Lanka 
(Kannur, India; 13 July 1996)
 India 7–1 Bhutan 
(Bangalore India; 25 August 1998)
 India 6–0 Bangladesh 
(Qatar; 16 October 2002)
Biggest defeat
 India 0–7 Israel 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 16 April 1972)
 India 0–7 South Korea 
(Qatar; 25 October 2002)
 India 0–7 United Arab Emirates 
(Qatar; 4 October 2015)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances0
AFC U-19 Championship
Appearances22 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1974)
South Asian Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2015)
Best resultChampions (2019)

This team is for Indian players aged under 19 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year AFC U-19 Championship campaign begins, and as such, some players can remain with the squad until the age of 21. As long as they are eligible, players can play for India at any level, making it possible to play for the U19s first, then the senior side, and again back to playing for the U19s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (provided the player is eligible).

HistoryEdit

As an Asian U19 team, India competes for the Asian Championship, with the finals every even-numbered year, formerly odd-numbered years. There is no Under-19 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. This team also participate in the SAFF U-19 Championship which started from 2015 by South Asian Football federation.

1959−1970Edit

For the first four seasons of AFC U-19 Championship, from 1959 to 1962 the Indian team did not enter into the tournament though there was no qualification round. India first participated in the AFC U-19 Championships in 1963 but did not move ahead from the group stage. the first best result came at the 1966 edition where the team entered in the quarter finals with 3 wins against Burma, Japan and Singapore and a defeat by china but in the quarter final they lost to Israel by 4−0. In the next edition at 1967 AFC Youth Championship India again entered in the quarter final. First a draw of 1−1 against Israel and then defeating Malaysia by 4−1 but same as 1966 they again defeated in the quarter final, this time by Indonesia by 2−6. In 1968, the team didn't move beyond group stage, and next two edition of 1969 and 1970 India did not enter in the championships.

1971−1979Edit

In 1971, they again reached the quarter final for the third time in AFC championships, but the fate was same as again saw a defeat, now against Japan by 0−3. But, after a gap of two more edition, it was 1974 AFC Youth Championship, where India seen the golden moment after becoming champions in AFC Under-19 Championships. First in group stage India defeat both Laos and Burma by 1−0 and a draw against Hong Kong by 2−2. Then entering in the quarter final they defeated Singapore by 1(4)−1(1), thus reached semi-finals where defeating Thailand by 2−1, for the first time India reached the final of the Championship. But the final was a draw against Iran by 2−2 thus jointly awarded both the team as the Champions. In 1975 and 1976 edition India didn't do much well but at 1977 AFC Youth Championship they reached the quarter final but the opponent was Iran, the defending Champion who defeated India by 3−0, thus failed to qualify for the first FIFA World Youth Championship in 1977 which later came to be known as FIFA U-20 World Cup and also failed to qualify at the 1979 edition.

1980−2000, the declineEdit

These two decades saw a decline in the performance of the Indian team. Qualification round started from 1980 AFC Youth Championship and India failed to qualify in 6 out of 11 edition of the championships and in rest 5 edition the failed to move beyond the group stage, thus also failed to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup as the finalist were only to be qualified for the competition.

2002−2017 Rise and FallEdit

In 2002, at the AFC U-19 Championship, India reached the quarter final for the 6th time, by the virtue of third-place qualifiers, but defeated heavily by South Korea, where the Korean found the Indian net 7 times. Next two editions they ended their competition in group stages and next 7 editions from 2008 to 2018, India failed to qualify again for the championships and so for the FIFA U20 Worldcup.

In the meanwhile, SAFF started SAFF U-19 Championship from 2015 to develop the youth teams of South Asian countries as they continuously failing to qualify for AFC U-20 championships. In the 2015 inaugural edition, India became runners-up facing a defeat from Nepal through a penalty shoot out. In the next edition in 2017, the tournament was a round robin, where India saw two wins against Bhutan and Maldives and two defeats from Bangladesh and Nepal, thus achieved the third place in the tournament.

2018−PresentEdit

The AIFF finally acted and opened their eyes to bring out the team from its misery and started various plans and programmes to tackle to present a pathetic situation. One of the most important steps is international exposure to the youth and under 17 teams. India's U-20 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.[1] Though India lost two consecutive matches against Spanish club Murcia then against Mauritania, they managed a draw against a stronger Latin American side of Venezuela, but on the final group match on 5 August 2018, the Indian side written a piece of history when they defeated the most successful U-20 Worldcup winning nation Argentina. The match was historic in many ways, when Indian defender Deepak Tangri headed a corner kick to the net of Argentine side, it was the first goal against them by any Indian side, then with a second goal by Anwar Ali with a fabulous free kick help India to win the match with a score of 2−1 against the stronger Argentine side, made a history as it is the first time that any Indian team defeated any Argentine side and also any American national team.[2][3][4] Argentina national team manager Scaloni and Argentine great Pablo Aimar praised the young colt's performances and said the future of the team is bright if there is continued perseverance.[5] AIFF called it as one of the “biggest days for Indian Football” as team coach said "This victory will definitely earn Indian football more respect in the world of football. It opens up a window of opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the world on a regular basis".[6]

Just after the Cotif experience, AIFF announced the team was invited to play in a four-nation tournament between under-20 national teams of France, Croatia and Slovenia and two friendlies against Serbia.[7] This was the first time India was playing in a 4-nations tournament in which all the opponents are European nations.[8][9] In the first match the team faced a big defeat against a mightier Croatian team by 0−5.[10] The second match was against Slovenia, where they played very well within 90 minutes but failed to convert various chances and on the last minute of injury time the Slovenian side found the net, match ended in 0−1 defeat.[11] Third match was against France, which India lost by 2−0.[12] In the friendlies against Serbia India saw defeat in both the matches, first by 2−0[13] and second by 3−1 where Rahim Ali managed to find the net once.[14]

Current StaffEdit

Name Position
  Shanmugam Venkatesh Head Coach
  Mahesh Gawli Assistant Coach
  Yusuf Ansari Goalkeeping Coach
  Vishnu Nair Physio

Current squadEdit

As of 5 November 2019

The following 23 players are called for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship qualification to be held at Saudi Arabia.[15]

Number Name DOB Club Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (2001-01-02) 2 January 2001 (age 19)   Bengaluru 17 (0)
13 Lalbiakhlua Jongte (2002-06-23) 23 June 2002 (age 17)   Indian Arrows 1 (0)
21 Niraj Kumar (2002-11-16) 16 November 2002 (age 17)   Jamshedpur 0 (0)
Defenders
2 Muhammed Rafi (2001-05-18) 18 May 2001 (age 18)   Bengaluru 6 (0)
3 Jitendra Singh (2001-06-13) 13 June 2001 (age 18)   Jamshedpur 13 (0)
4 Akash Mishra (2001-11-27) 27 November 2001 (age 18)   Indian Arrows 10 (2)
5 Narender Gahlot (2001-04-24) 24 April 2001 (age 18)   Jamshedpur 4 (0)
16 Bikash Yumnam (2003-09-06) 6 September 2003 (age 16)   Minerva Punjab 5 (0)
18 Sumit Rathi (2001-08-26) 26 August 2001 (age 18)   ATK 8 (1)
19 Thoiba Singh Moirangthem (2002-12-12) 12 December 2002 (age 17)   Minerva Punjab 4 (0)
20 Hormipam Ruivah (2001-01-25) 25 January 2001 (age 19)   Minerva Punjab 1 (0)
Midfielders
6 Vikram Pratap Singh (2002-01-16) 16 January 2002 (age 18)   Indian Arrows 5 (2)
7 Ninthoinganba Meetei (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 18)   NorthEast United 15 (2)
8 Amarjit Singh Kiyam (2001-01-06) 6 January 2001 (age 19)   Jamshedpur 4 (1)
10 Givson Singh Moirangthem (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 17)   Indian Arrows 8 (0)
14 Ricky John Shabong (2002-12-29) 29 December 2002 (age 17)   Indian Arrows 7 (1)
15 Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (2001-06-21) 21 June 2001 (age 18)   Kerala Blasters 15 (0)
17 Ravi Bahadur Rana (2002-10-15) 15 October 2002 (age 17)   Tata Football Academy 0 (0)
22 Lalrampana Pautu (2003-09-08) 8 September 2003 (age 16)   SAIL Football Academy 0 (0)
23 Muhammed Basith Parathodi (2003-01-01) 1 January 2003 (age 17)   0 (0)
Forwards
9 Aman Chetri (2001-07-26) 26 July 2001 (age 18)   Chennaiyin 7 (2)
11 Manvir Singh (2001-06-15) 15 June 2001 (age 18)   Kerala Blasters FC 3 (1)
12 Gurkirat Singh (2003-07-16) 16 July 2003 (age 16)   Indian Arrows 3 (1)

Past SquadsEdit

AFC U-19 Championship squads

Results and fixturesEdit

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

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

Competitive recordsEdit

FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
FIFA World Youth Championship
  1977
to
  2005
Did not Qualify
FIFA U-20 World Cup
  2007
to
  2019
Did not Qualify
Total 0/22 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0 0

AFC U-19 ChampionshipEdit

AFC U-19 Championship records
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1959
to
  1962
Did not enter
  1963 Group Stage 7th 5 2 1 2 6 5
  1964 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 1 4
  1965 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 3 6
  1966 Quarter Final 5th 5 3 0 2 9 7
  1967 Quarter Final 7th 3 1 1 1 7 8
  1968 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 4
  1969 Did not enter
  1970
  1971 Quarter Final 6th 4 2 1 1 5 5
  1972 Group Stage 11th 4 1 0 3 5 13
  1973 Group Stage 10th 3 0 2 1 1 2
  1974 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 10 6
  1975 Group Stage 13th 4 1 1 2 5 6
  1976 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 3
  1977 Quarter Final 5th 3 1 0 2 5 8
  1978 Group Stage 6th 4 1 1 2 7 8
  1980
to
  1985
Did not qualify
  1986 Group Stage 6th 3 0 1 2 2 8
  1988 Did not enter
  1990 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 7
  1992 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 0 7
  1994 Did not enter
  1996 Group Stage 8th 4 0 1 3 2 6
  1998 Group Stage 10th 4 0 1 3 3 10
  2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Quarter Final 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
  2004 Group Stage 13th 3 0 0 3 2 5
  2006 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 3 7
  2008
to
  2020
Did not qualify
Total 22/40 1 Title 81 22 16 43 89 149

SAFF U-18 ChampionshipEdit

SAFF U-18 Championship record
Host/Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2015 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 2 0 6 1
  2017 Round Robin 3rd 4 2 0 2 8 7
  2019 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 9 1
Total 3/3 1 Title 12 7 3 2 23 9
*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

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The COTIF lives the presentation of its 35th anniversary". Cotifalcudia. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ "History, Beat Argentina 2-1 In COTIF Cup 2018". inuth. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ "India's U-20 football side stuns Argentina 2-1". The Hindu. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ "India stun Argentina in U-20 COTIF Cup football tourney". TOI. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ "AIMAR, SCALONI GREET INDIA U-20 BOYS, PRAISE THEM". AIFF. 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ "10-MAN INDIA SHOCK U-20 ARGENTINA-20 2-1". AIFF. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ "INDIA U-19s TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK FRIENDLIES AGAINST SERBIA". AIFF. 8 September 2018.
  8. ^ "India U-20 to face France in four-nation tourney". AIFF. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.the-aiff.com/news-center-details.htm?id=9139
  10. ^ "INDIA U-19 GO DOWN TO CROATIA". AIFF. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  11. ^ "INDIA U-19 LOSE BY A SOLITARY GOAL TO SLOVENIA". AIFF. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  12. ^ "INDIA GO DOWN TO U-19 YOUTH TEAM OF WORLD CHAMPIONS FRANCE". the-aiff.com. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  13. ^ "India U-19 football team suffers 0-2 loss against Serbia U-19". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. The Times of india. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  14. ^ "INDIA U-19 SIDE SUFFER 3-1 DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF SERBIA IN FRIENDLY". the-aiff.com. AIFF. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  15. ^ "TIME TO BUILD ON 'WINNING MOMENTUM', SAYS FLOYD PINTO AHEAD OF CRUCIAL AFC U19 QUALIFIERS". AIFF. 5 November 2019.