Football is one of the most popular sports in our country where “SPORTS” hold a special place in the hearts of the people. Over the year we have seen players such as Aditi Singh Chauhan and Bala Devi playing in Europe league. The sport’s popularity is all set to increase in India, as the nation is all set to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup next year and the AFC Asian Cup in 2022.
Indian all set to host the U-17 women’s World Cup in 2021 and play a crucial role in the boosting the image of the sport among girls in the nation. While interacting with the media head of FIFA’s women’s competitions, Sara Booth was quoted saying that “Delhi will feel the “positive impact” of hosting a World Cup and lauded the state association’s collaborative effort with the national federation to improve infrastructure for women’s development.”
A while back India hosted the U-17 men’s World Cup in 2017 and was a great success. The U-17 women’s World Cup in 2021 will help in uplifting women’s football and felt things have improved much better than what it was before. Indian player Dalima Chhibber was quoted saying “We need to develop the culture of girl’s football at the club level as well as school and college level. Participation of girls in football have significantly grown in Delhi in the last few years and with new competitions, more girls will be encouraged to play football which was not the case when I started to play football in Delhi.”
The Golden League in Delhi has been an eye-opener of sorts and All India Football Federation’s Sara Pilot was quoted saying that improved focus and Football Delhi’s proactiveness was something the other state associations must adopt. Women’s football can only develop if it got “equal opportunity.”
Lauren Duncan, the manager of the national team of South Africa was quoted saying “The condition of women’s football in South Africa is pretty similar to India. We need more females in administration and coaching to provide a more comfortable environment to players.”