AIFF general secretary Kushal Das claims 2022 will be a "great year" for women's football in India

By Amreen
2022 will be a "huge year" for women's football in India
2022 will be a "huge year" for women's football in India / KIM WON-JIN/Getty Images

All India Football Federation's (AIFF) general secretary, Kushal Das, has claimed 2022 will be a "huge year" for women's football in India.

The Indian women's football team is currently training in Jamshedpur and will play multiple international friendlies next week in the UAE, as part of their preparation for the 2022 AFC Asian Cup.

They are also set to travel to Bahrain and Sweden, where they are set to face two Damallsvenskan league team. And Das believes next year will be huge for women's football in India.

He told Sportstar: "As you are aware that the Senior Women’s National team has already assembled in Jamshedpur since mid-August wherein, they have been training under Thomas Dennerby for the forthcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup. That’s perhaps the sole ongoing training camp in India across all team sports [currently].

"The team is visiting UAE soon for 2 internationals with UAE and Tunisia followed by a trip to Bahrain and Sweden. There are also plans and talks for matches in November. In addition, subject to the pandemic situation improving in India and with consent coming in from the Government of India, there are plans to host an international tournament for the Women’s team in India soon.

"2022 will be a huge year for women’s football in India with the AFC Asian women’s cup as also the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup slated from October 2022. The legacy of the two tournaments will surely galvanise the Indian sociological context and develop a huge interest among girls, allowing them to play more.

"The Indian Women’s League has provided a platform for aspiring girls to showcase their talent regularly. There will be a substantial increase in the number of matches and teams in the IWL but we need more. But we need involvement in women’s football from all stakeholders – it needs to be a joint effort. I urge all the clubs and State Associations to invest and take interest in women’s football."