India national under-20 football team

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India Under-20
Nickname(s) Blue Colts
Association All India Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Head coach Shanmugam Venkatesh
FIFA code IND
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First colours
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Second colours
First international
Flag of Burma (1948-1974).svg  Burma 1–1 India  Flag of India.svg
(Malaya; 19 April 1963)
Biggest win
Flag of India.svg  India 7–0 Nepal    Flag of Nepal.svg
(Bangkok, Thailand; 23 April 1972)
(Non-verifiable)
Flag of India.svg  India 6–0 Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg
(Kannur, India; 13 July 1996)
Flag of India.svg  India 7–1 Bhutan  Flag of Bhutan.svg
(Bangalore India; 25 August 1998)
Flag of India.svg  India 6–0 Bangladesh  Flag of Bangladesh.svg
(Qatar; 16 October 2002)
Biggest defeat
Flag of India.svg  India 0–7 Israel  Flag of Israel.svg
(Bangkok, Thailand; 16 April 1972)
Flag of India.svg  India 0–7 South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg
(Qatar; 25 October 2002)
Flag of India.svg  India 0–7 United Arab Emirates  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
(Qatar; 4 October 2015)
AFC U-20 Asian Cup
Appearances22 (first in 1963 )
Best resultChampions (1974)
South Asian Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2015 )
Best resultChampions (2019)

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 act as the main feeder team for the India national under-23 football team and the senior India national football team.

Contents

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).

History

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.

1959−1970

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.

1971−1979

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 decline

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 Fall

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−Present

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 Staff

NamePosition
Flag of India.svg Shanmugam Venkatesh Head Coach
Flag of India.svg Mahesh Gawli Assistant Coach
Flag of India.svg Yusuf AnsariGoalkeeping Coach
Flag of India.svg Vishnu NairPhysio

Current squad

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]

NumberNameDOBClubCaps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Prabhsukhan Singh Gill 2 January 2001 (age 20) Flag of India.svg Kerala Blasters 17 (0)
13 Lalbiakhlua Jongte 23 June 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg Indian Arrows 1 (0)
21 Niraj Kumar 16 November 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg Jamshedpur 0 (0)
Defenders
2Muhammed Rafi18 May 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Bengaluru 6 (0)
3 Jitendra Singh 13 June 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Jamshedpur 13 (0)
4 Akash Mishra 27 November 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Indian Arrows 10 (2)
5 Narender Gahlot 24 April 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Jamshedpur 4 (0)
16 Bikash Yumnam 6 September 2003 (age 17) Flag of India.svg Punjab 5 (0)
18 Sumit Rathi 26 August 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg ATK 8 (1)
19 Thoiba Singh Moirangthem 12 December 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg Punjab 4 (0)
20 Ruivah Hormipam 25 January 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Punjab 1 (0)
Midfielders
7 Ninthoinganba Meetei 13 July 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg NorthEast United 16 (1)
8 Amarjit Singh Kiyam 6 January 2001 (age 20) Flag of India.svg Jamshedpur 4 (1)
10 Givson Singh 5 June 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg Kerala Blasters 8 (0)
14 Ricky Shabong 29 December 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg Indian Arrows 7 (1)
15 Jeakson Singh Thounaojam 21 June 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Kerala Blasters 15 (0)
17 Ravi Bahadur Rana 15 October 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg Jamshedpur B 0 (0)
22Lalrampana Pautu8 September 2003 (age 17) Flag of India.svg SAIL Football Academy0 (0)
23Farzan Fayaz20 March 2002 (age 18) Flag of India.svg DFA Anantnag0 (0)
Forwards
6 Vikram Pratap Singh 16 January 2002 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Mumbai City FC 14 (3)
9 Aman Chetri 26 July 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Chennaiyin FC 7 (2)
11 Manvir Singh 20 March 2001 (age 19) Flag of India.svg Sudeva fc 5 (2)
12 Gurkirat Singh 16 July 2003 (age 17) Flag of India.svg Indian Arrows 3 (1)

Past Squads

AFC U-19 Championship squads

Results and fixtures

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

  Win  Draw  Loss

2019

6 November 2019 2020 ACQ Uzbekistan  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg2–0Flag of India.svg  India Khobar, Saudi Arabia
18:35 IST
AFC AIFF Stadium: Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Attendance: 324
Referee: Shaun Evans (Australia)
8 November 2019 2020 ACQ India  Flag of India.svg0−4Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Khobar, Saudi Arabia
21:35 IST AFC AIFF
Stadium: Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Attendance: 2,523
Referee: Feras Taweel (Syria)
10 November 2019 2020 ACQ India  Flag of India.svg0−3Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan Khobar, Saudi Arabia
18:35 IST AFC AIFF
Stadium: Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
Attendance: 180
Referee: Feras Taweel (Syria)

Competitive records

FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Host/YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGA
FIFA World Youth Championship
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1977
to
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2005
Did not Qualify
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2007
to
Flag of Poland.svg 2019
Did not Qualify
Total0/220 Titles000000

AFC U-19 Championship

AFC U-19 Championship records
Host/YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1959
to
Flag of Thailand.svg 1962
Did not enter
Flag of Malaysia.svg 1963 Group Stage7th521265
Flag of South Vietnam.svg 1964 Group Stage6th302114
Flag of Japan.svg 1965 Group Stage7th411236
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1966 Quarter Final5th530297
Flag of Thailand.svg 1967 Quarter Final7th311178
Flag of South Korea.svg 1968 Group Stage11th310244
Flag of Thailand.svg 1969 Did not enter
Flag of the Philippines.svg 1970
Flag of Japan.svg 1971 Quarter Final6th421155
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 Group Stage11th4103513
Flag of Iran.svg 1973 Group Stage10th302112
Flag of Thailand.svg 1974 Champions1st6510106
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1975 Group Stage13th411256
Flag of Thailand.svg 1976 Group Stage5th311143
Flag of Iran.svg 1977 Quarter Final5th310258
Flag of Bangladesh.svg 1978 Group Stage6th411278
Flag of Thailand.svg 1980
to
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1985
Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1986 Group Stage6th301228
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988 Did not enter
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1990 Group Stage6th310237
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1992 Group Stage8th300307
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1994 Did not enter
Flag of South Korea.svg 1996 Group Stage8th401326
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 Group Stage10th4013310
Flag of Iran.svg 2000 Did not qualify
Flag of Qatar.svg 2002 Quarter Final8th4103214
Flag of Malaysia.svg 2004 Group Stage13th300325
Flag of India.svg 2006 Group Stage13th301237
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2008
to
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg 2020
Did not qualify
Total22/401 Title8122164389149

SAFF U-18 Championship

SAFF U-18 Championship record
Host/YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Nepal.svg 2015 Runners-up2nd422061
Flag of Bhutan.svg 2017 Round Robin3rd420287
Flag of Nepal.svg 2019 Champions1st431091
Total3/31 Title12732239
*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.

Other honours

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