Indian Arrows

Indian Arrows (formerly known as Pailan Arrows) is an Indian football club located in Vasco da Gama, Goa, that competes in the I-League. The club was formed by the All India Football Federation in 2010, with a main goal of nurturing young Indian football talents.[1] After disbanding in 2013, the project was revived as Indian Arrows in 2017.

Indian Arrows
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Full nameIndian Arrows Football Club
Founded2010; 11 years ago (2010) (as AIFF XI)
GroundKalinga Stadium
OwnerAll India Football Federation
ManagerShanmugam Venkatesh
2020–21I-League, 10th of 11
Current season


2010–11 seasonEdit

Pailan Arrows was founded as the AIFF XI in 2010 under the recommendation of then India head coach Bob Houghton and All India Football Federation president Praful Patel after Bob noticed that almost all the India U19 and India U23 players were on the bench during the I-League season and were never getting any game time.[2] The club was originally slated to join the I-League 2nd Division but after the disbanding of Mahindra United the AIFF allowed AIFF XI into the I-League automatically.[3] The club participated in their first competition in 2010 which was the Federation Cup and played their first ever professional match on 21 September 2010 against JCT FC in the Federation Cup, in which AIFF XI won 1–0 with Malsawmfela scoring the first goal in the team's history.[4] The team finished third in the group in the end, missing out on going to the next round by four points.[5] The club then participated in their first I-League match on 3 December 2010 against Chirag United in which the club lost 1–2 and with Lalrindika Ralte scoring the first goal for the club in the league.[6] The club then earned their first points on 8 December 2010 against ONGC F.C. after drawing 1–1.[7] On 11 January 2011 it was announced that AIFF XI would change their name to Indian Arrows which would take effect on 1 February 2011.[8] Arrows finished the 2010–11 I-League season in 9th place.

2011–12 seasonEdit

The summer of 2011 would be a busy one for the club. The club changed their name to Pailan Arrows on 15 June 2011 after the All India Football Federation reached an agreement with Pailan Group to sponsor the team.[9] With the deal Pailan Arrows was also relocated to Kolkata and the Salt Lake Stadium. Then on 13 August 2012 head coach Desmond Bulpin was sacked by the club due to his "style of football" while former India national football team coach Sukhwinder Singh was signed to take over the club.[10] The club also lost many of the stars of the previous season like Lalrindika Ralte, Jeje Lalpekhlua (top scorer for Pailan and among Indians in 2010–11), Manandeep Singh and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The club again participated in the Federation Cup in 2011 where Pailan won two matches but lost one which meant that they would finish 2nd behind Salgaocar and thus meant Pailan were knocked out in the group stage again.[11] Pailan Arrows then began the 2011–12 I-League campaign against Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium on 23 October 2012 in which they lost 1–3 after Lalrozama Fanai gave them the early lead.[12] On 7 February 2012 Sukhwinder Singh resigned as coach of Pailan Arrows due to personal reasons, at this point also Pailan had not won a single match in I-League and had only managed eight draws in 17 matches.[13] Assistant coach Sujit Chakravarty took over the reins as head coach for the remainder of the season.[13] Towards the end of the season Pailan managed to win two matches, one against Chirag United Club Kerala and another against HAL to finished the season in 13th place out of 14 teams but since they are a developmental team, Pailan were not relegated.[14][15]

2012–13 seasonEdit

After the disastrous season Pailan endured, the club and All India Football Federation signed Australian Arthur Papas as the new permanent head coach of the India U23 and Pailan Arrows on 24 May 2012.[16] Papas came to the club after coaching his former club, Oakleigh Cannons FC, to the 2011 Victorian Premier League runners-up title.[16]


On 29 August 2013 it was announced that Pailan Arrows had been disbanded by the All India Football Federation as the club sponsors, Pailan Group, could not financially support the team.[17]


After successful hosting of 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, AIFF revived the project with the aim of giving regular game time to U–17 world cup players as a team, and fielded the team in 2017–18 I-League and renamed the team to Indian Arrows.[18]

Crest and coloursEdit

The club's colours were blue and white, just like the India national football team. During the first season Pailan Arrows started with a dark blue kit[19] but eventually during the 2010–11 season the club started using a normal blue kit with black shorts.[20] For the 2011–12 season Pailan used a dark blue jersey[21] and a white kit with black or red socks.[22]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2010—2011 Nike None
2011—2013 POTO Potato Flakes
2017—2018 None
2018—2019 Six5Six Hero

In october 2018, Government of Odisha signed Rs.50 million sponsorship deal with AIFF for the Arrows. The sponsorship deal will also cover India's under-15 football team. As part of the deal, the state government will host the Arrows and under-15 national team at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.[23] The deal also covers the two teams’ stay in Bhubaneswar, providing them with the ground facility as well as boarding/lodging during the I-league and off-season.[24]


For the 2010–11 I-League season the club played at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, Haryana when they were originally due to play at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi but due to the pitch condition the club was moved to Gurgaon.[25] After relocating to Kolkata the club started to play at the Salt Lake Stadium which is also home to East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Prayag United.[26] In 2017–18, the team played in Goa and Delhi. In 2018–19, they used the Barabati Stadium and Kalinga Stadium. Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha currently serves as the home base of the Indian Arrows.[23]

Current squadEdit

As of 14 August 2021[27]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IND Syed Zahid
GK   IND Naveen Saini
22 GK   IND Ahan Prakash
13 GK   IND Santosh Singh
2 DF   IND Dipu Halder
3 DF   IND Sajad Hussain Parray
4 DF   IND Sumer Sehgal
5 DF   IND Leewan Castanha
6 DF   IND Evan Thapa
7 MF   IND Lalchhanhima Sailo (Captain)
8 MF   IND Vibin Mohanan
9 FW   IND Harsh Patre
10 FW   IND Vanlalruatfela Thlacheu
11 MF   IND Parthib Gogoi Sundar
15 DF   IND Vellington Fernandes
16 MF   IND Shreyas Ketkar
17 MF   IND Brijesh Giri
4 DF   IND Helen Nongtdu
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   IND Godwin Johnson
19 DF   IND Chris Anthony Wolfe
20 MF   IND Kanwar Rudraansh Singh
24 DF   IND Praful Kumar Y V
25 DF   IND Abdul Hannan
26 DF   IND Pragyan Medhi
27 FW   IND Mohammed L Ahamed
28 DF   IND Gurpanthjeet Singh
29 DF   IND Tankadhar Bag
30 MF   IND Chawnghlut Lalchhanhima
35 FW   IND Tapan Halder
DF   IND Kushang Subba
FW   IND Arya Gandarva
FW   IND Vishva Shinde

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Shanmugam Venkatesh
Team Manager   Shalak Patade
Assistant Coach   Mahesh Gawli
Goalkeeping Coach   Abhijeet Mondal
Team Analyst   Prashanth Murthy
Physiotherapist   Neeraj Churi

Team recordsEdit

Below are listed the club's performances in latest 10 seasons.


Season Div. Tms. Pos. Attendance/G Federation Cup/Super Cup Durand Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
2017–18 I-League 10 10th 3,256 Qualification round DNP DNP DNP
2018–19 I-League 11 8 1,640 DNP DNP DNP
2019–20 I-League 11 11 747 DNP DNP DNP
2020–21 I-League 11 DNP DNP DNP
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Managers and performanceEdit

This is a list of Indian Arrows's managers and their records, from 2010, when the first full-time manager was appointed, to the present day.

Information correct as of 24 May 2012. Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win% Honours
Des Bulpin   Scotland August 2010 August 2011 26 7 8 11 31 49 026.92
Sukhwinder Singh   India 15 August 2011 7 February 2012 17 0 8 9 8 28 000.00
Sujit Chakravarty   India 8 February 2012 7 May 2012 9 2 2 5 9 12 022.22
Arthur Papas   Australia 22 May 2012 28 May 2013 26 6 5 15 25 45 023.08
Sanjoy Sen   India 20 July 2013 29 August 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 !
Luís Norton de Matos   Portugal 17 August 2017 18 July 2018 18 4 3 11 13 24 022.22
Floyd Pinto   India 25 July 2018 2019 20 6 3 11 19 28 030.00
Shanmugam Venkatesh   India 29 November 2019 present 16 2 3 11 7 20 012.50

See alsoEdit


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