Indian football team is already out of the reckoning when it comes to FIFA World Cup 2022 qualification. India are presently placed fourth in their group with three points in six games. A third-place finish in the World Cup qualifiers will automatically enable India to qualify for the Asian Cup 2022. The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign resumed for the Indian football team with a 1-0 defeat against group leaders Qatar.
The answer to this question can be known better when you understand how the qualification process works. Total 46 teams participate in the AFC qualification that takes place for the FIFA World Cup. The only exception is Qatar since it is the host country. India has 14 th ranking in AFC at present.
On Tuesday, Igor Stimac ‘s India were held to a 1-1 draw by Afghanistan in their final Group E match of the joint-FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers. The Blue Tigers took the lead with an own goal from Afghan goalkeeper Ovays Azizi, in the 75th minute. However, that domination lasted just seven minutes as Afghanistan ...
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Can India qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup? Highly unlikely. India is growing as a footballing nation. Our latest FIFA rank is 107 and Asian rank is 13. That’s a great improvement when compared to 2 years back. But still, it’s not good enough to qualify for a World Cup. But I would be optimistic for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
In 1950, India managed to qualify for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in Brazil, after the withdrawal of all opponents in their group during the qualifying round. But later, India as well withdrew from the tournament due to travel costs, lack of practice time, and valuing the Olympics more than the World Cup.
One thing is common among all the fans—the desire to see India perform on the world stage. Well, that dream almost came to fruition, in 1950. During that year, India had qualified for the FIFA World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in Brazil. So, what happened? Indian Football Team ranking was 9th in FIFA World Rankings in 1957.
If India qualifies for this round, India will be only one step away from realizing its dream to play FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar. In this round, all 12 teams will be divided into 2 groups.