Head coach Thomas Dennerby may proceed, however the journey of a number of of his Indian players has ended even earlier than they might hit the highway to fame, courtesy the cancellation of subsequent yr’s FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup. Having labored so exhausting and for so lengthy, they’re now not sure about their future for no fault of theirs.
As comfort, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday assured them that they might be thought of for choice to the senior team in the close to future.
“I believe that some players, who are 2005 born in this team, may qualify to play in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2022. FIFA (has) not yet (given age cut-offs) but we believe it will be 2005-2007 born,” AIFF basic secretary Kushal Das advised PTI.
“All these players are part of overall plan to develop women’s football. They will continue to be part of national camp. This team will be the core team to play in round one of AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers in March 2021 in view of their training and exposure so far.”
He mentioned many of those players (who will miss out on the 2022 Women’s U-17 World Cup) “will make it” to the senior nationwide team for the AFC Asian Women’s Cup in 2022, which the nation is internet hosting.
The event in India, which was postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was on Tuesday cancelled by the world governing physique FIFA and the nation was handed the internet hosting rights of the 2022 version.
More than half of the players who have been referred to as for nationwide camp final yr to organize for the now-scrapped 2020 version of the event can be over the age of 19 by 2022.
The AIFF intends to type an Indian Arrows ladies’s team (like the boys’s aspect that has been participating in the I-League) to play in the Hero Indian Women’s League.
Das indicated that head coach Dennerby can be in cost of the Indian team in the 2022 version following a contract extension.
“We believe Thomas is the right coach for the U-17 World Cup team. He has now gained experience of India and has a good track record and a very good rapport with the support staff. “We will certainly be discussing with the AIFF Technical Committee to extend his contract,” he mentioned.
Asked if these nations which have certified for the 2020 event like Japan, Spain, England and Germany will stay for the 2022 version, he mentioned, “While no clarity as yet but it seems logical that since the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 is cancelled and there is likely to be a new age group, the qualifiers will be played again.”
He mentioned there can be no monetary loss on the a part of the AIFF as a result of cancellation and the nationwide federation will focus on with FIFA about persevering with with the present Local Organising Committee until 2022.
Das mentioned the FIFA had taken the “best decision” to cancel the 2020 event as “we are not still not certain about 2021” so far as the pandemic is anxious.
“There is no point scheduling a world cup in an uncertain situation and playing in a stadium without spectators. Hopefully, a vaccine will be developed and be available by mid 2021 and life will be back to normal thereafter.”
He mentioned internet hosting each the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 will give a terrific fillip to ladies’s football in India and assist in making ready groups for qualification for the Women’s Asian Cup 2026 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2027.