The federation has set an ambitious and broad vision for the domestic game.
The AIFF (All India Football Federation) has released a detailed roadmap and has fixed 2047 as the destination to fulfil the following criteria that are listed below. The roadmap was presented by president Kalyan Chaubey along with Secretary General Shaji Prabhakaran. In the press conference they mentioned, ”25 years down the line, Indian football will be in an incredible state.” The most important aspect is to see India get into the top four in Asia.
Here are the key highlights from the roadmap.
Target 2026 and 2047
The roadmap is further divided into 2026 and 2047, one being short-term and the other long-term. There are separate expectations that are to be met in these years. 2047 has been chosen as it marks 100 years of Indian Independence.
Men’s National Team
Top 10 in Asia by 2026 and Top 7 by 2036. The Indian team have qualified for the 2023 Asian Cup which will play a huge role in terms of rankings. Currently, India are ranked 19th and have a challenge going forward.
Women’s National Team
Top 8 in Asia by 2026. The women’s team is ranked eleventh and is just outside the top 10 positions. India took part in the recently concluded Asian Cup as hosts, but will now have to qualify automatically to move ahead.