Head coach Thomas Dennerby might proceed, however the journey of a number of of his Indian gamers has ended even earlier than they may hit the highway to fame, courtesy the cancellation of subsequent 12 months’s FIFA Girls’s U-17 World Cup.
Having labored so exhausting and for therefore lengthy, they’re now uncertain about their future for no fault of theirs.
As comfort, the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday assured them that they might be thought of for choice to the senior workforce within the close to future.
“I imagine that some gamers, who’re 2005 born on this workforce, might qualify to play within the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup in 2022. FIFA (has) not but (given age cut-offs) however we imagine it will likely be 2005-2007 born,” AIFF common secretary Kushal Das informed PTI.
“All these gamers are a part of total plan to develop ladies’s soccer. They’ll proceed to be a part of nationwide camp.
“This workforce would be the core workforce to play in spherical certainly one of AFC U-20 Girls’s Asian Cup qualifiers in March 2021 in view of their coaching and publicity to this point.”
He mentioned many of those gamers (who will miss out on the 2022 Girls’s U-17 World Cup) “will make it” to the senior nationwide workforce for the AFC Asian Girls’s Cup in 2022, which the nation is internet hosting.
The match in India, which was postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was on Tuesday cancelled by the world governing physique FIFA and the nation was handed the internet hosting rights of the 2022 version.
Greater than half of the gamers who have been referred to as for nationwide camp final 12 months to arrange for the now-scrapped 2020 version of the match will likely be over the age of 19 by 2022.
The AIFF intends to kind an Indian Arrows ladies’s workforce (like the boys’s facet that has been participating within the I-League) to play within the Hero Indian Girls’s League.
Das indicated that head coach Dennerby will likely be answerable for the Indian workforce within the 2022 version following a contract extension.
“We imagine Thomas is the suitable coach for the U-17 World Cup workforce. He has now gained expertise of India and has a great monitor document and an excellent rapport with the help workers.
“We will definitely be discussing with the AIFF Technical Committee to increase his contract,” he mentioned.
Requested if these international locations which have certified for the 2020 match like Japan, Spain, England and Germany will stay for the 2022 version, he mentioned, “Whereas no readability as but but it surely appears logical that because the FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup 2020 is cancelled and there’s prone to be a brand new age group, the qualifiers will likely be performed once more.”
He mentioned there will likely be no monetary loss on the a part of the AIFF as a consequence of cancellation and the nationwide federation will focus on with FIFA about persevering with with the present Native Organising Committee until 2022.
Das mentioned the FIFA had taken the “greatest determination” to cancel the 2020 match as “we aren’t nonetheless not sure about 2021” so far as the pandemic is anxious.
“There isn’t any level scheduling a world cup in an unsure scenario and taking part in in a stadium with out spectators.
“Hopefully, a vaccine will likely be developed and be obtainable by mid-2021 and life will likely be again to regular thereafter.”
He mentioned internet hosting each the FIFA Girls’s U-17 World Cup and the AFC Girls’s Asian Cup in 2022 will give a terrific fillip to ladies’s soccer in India and assist in getting ready groups for qualification for the Girls’s Asian Cup 2026 and the FIFA Girls’s World Cup in 2027.