India national under-17 football team

First international China PR 2–1 India 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 20 August 1984)Biggest win India 13–0 Macau 
(Bangkok, Thailand; 27 August 1984)Biggest defeat Uzbekistan 8–0 India 
(Tashkent, Uzbekistan; 5 October 2011)
 Russia 8–0 India 
(St. Petersburg, Russia; 8 January 2017)FIFA U-17 World CupAppearances1 (first in 2017)Best resultGroup stage (2017)AFC U-16 ChampionshipAppearances8 (first in 1990)Best resultQuarter-final (2002, 2018)South Asian ChampionshipAppearances6 (first in 2011)Best resultChampions (2013, 2017, 2019)

The India national under-17 football team represents India in international football at the under-17 level. Controlled by the All India Football Federation, the governing body for football in India, the team is part of the Asian Football Confederation and the South Asian Football Federation.


  • 1 Competition history
    • 1.1 FIFA U-17 World Cup
    • 1.2 AFC U-16 Championship
    • 1.3 SAFF U-15 Championship
    • 1.4 AIFF Youth Cup
  • 2 Coaching staff
  • 3 Players
    • 3.1 U−16 Squad
    • 3.2 U-15 Squad
    • 3.3 Past squads
  • 4 Recent results and fixtures
    • 4.1 India U-16 fixtures
    • 4.2 India U−15 fixtures
  • 5 Competitive history
    • 5.1 FIFA U-17 World Cup
    • 5.2 AFC U-16 Championship
    • 5.3 SAFF U-15 Championship
  • 6 Honours
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Competition history[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

India has participated for the first time in FIFA U-17 World Cup as hosts in the 2017 edition of the tournament. This was the first time ever [1] that a team representing India participated in the finals of a FIFA-organised world tournament. India was placed in Group A along With, U.S.A, Ghana and Columbia. On 6 October 2017, India played their First Ever match in FIFA-U17 World Cup history in front of 47000 people against U.S.A.But unfortunately, India lost the match by 3–0. India played their Second match against Colombia. In 82nd minute Jeakson Singh Thounaojam became the First Indian Goal Scorer in any FIFA Tournament. For the third match of group stage, India faced Ghana where they went down to lose 4–0, finishing bottom of the group A.[2]

AFC U-16 Championship[edit]

The AFC U-16 Championship is the top level tournament for under-16 football teams in Asia and began in 1985.[3] India participated in the tournament for the first time in 1990. They were knocked-out of the tournament in the group stage, finishing third in their four-team group with one against Jordan.[4] The team qualified again for the tournament in 1996 where they finished last in their group which included Bahrain, China, Iran, and Thailand. The team lost three of their four matches, with their sole victory coming against China.[5]

India qualified again for the tournament in 2002, where they reached the quarter-final round, in their best result to date. The team took on South Korea in the quarter-finals but lost 3–1, and thus failed to advance further.[6] Following the 2002 tournament, India qualified for the next tournament in Japan. Two defeats and one victory in the group stage saw India finish third in their group, and were knocked out from the tournament.[7]

After failing to qualify for 2006 AFC U-17 Championship, India qualified for the 2008 edition. Two defeats before a sole victory over Indonesia saw India once again make it no further than the group stage.[8] The same result followed in 2012, only this time with no wins in the group stage.[9]

India, for the seventh time, participated in the tournament in 2016 with the nation hosting the tournament. Despite home advantage, India once again could not make it beyond the group stage and finished last in their group which consisted of themselves, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates.[10]

India qualified for 2018 AFC U-16 Championship by participating in the qualification round. India defeated Palestine, 3–0, then seen a draw against Nepal, 2–2 but finally qualified for the 2018 edition when they played a goalless draw against the defending champion Iraq. India will be going to play their group match against Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia at the 2018 edition at Malaysia.

SAFF U-15 Championship[edit]

In 2009, the SAFF U-15 Championship was launched.[11] India participated in the first edition of the tournament in 2011. After an opening day surprise defeat to Pakistan, India qualified for the next round after defeating the Maldives 5–0. India then made it to the final, defeating Nepal on penalties, but again lost to Pakistan in the final 2–1.[12] India fared much better in the 2013 edition, finishing first in their group of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, before defeating Afghanistan in the semi-final on penalties. In the final, India defeated Nepal 1–0 to win the tournament for the first time.[13]

As reigning champions, India entered the 2015 edition of the tournament with a 5–0 victory over Sri Lanka. India then suffered a 2–1 defeat to Bangladesh to finish second in the group, and but still qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, India once again defeated Nepal 1–0, but lost to Bangladesh in the final on penalties.[14]

At the 2017 edition India entered into semi-final, defeating Maldives and Nepal by 9–0 and 2–1 respectively. In the semi-final they defeated Bhutan by 3–0 and entered to the final and faced Nepal again and defeated them by 2–1 to become SAFF champion for the second time after 2013.[15]

2019 edition of the tournament was their third title. In this edition the tournament was played in round robin, thus India played against all other teams and managed to win all their matches without a goal conceeded. In the final they faced Nepal whom they easily defeated by 7−0 margin, thus scoring 28 goals in 5 matches, becoming champions for the third time.[16]

AIFF Youth Cup[edit]

The AIFF Youth Cup was first competed for in 2016. It was organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as a preparatory tournament for the India under-17 team for the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship and the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The first tournament was held from 15 May to 25 May 2016 at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa.[17] A total of five teams participated in the tournament after being invited by the All India Football Federation. The final was won 2–1 by South Korea over the United States.[18]

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 20 August 2018

The following officials are present Coaching staffs for the U17 team.[19]


U−16 Squad[edit]

As of 27 August 2019

This is the squad which has announced to play friendlies with AMD U16/U17 to be held in Malaysia from 29 August to 5 September 2019.[21]

U-15 Squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2019

The following 23 players were named in the final squad for 2019 SAFF U15 to be held from 21 to 31 August 2019.[22]

Past squads[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup

  • 2017 FIFA U-17 WC Squad

AFC U-16 Championship squads

  • 2018 AFC U-16 Championship squad
  • 2016 AFC U-16 Championship squad
  • 2012 AFC U-16 Championship squad

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

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

India U-16 fixtures[edit]

United Arab Emirates  v  India

India  v  Saudi Arabia

United Arab Emirates  v  India

India  v Shabab Al-Ahli U16

India  v Al-Wasl U16

India  v Highlands Park U16

India  v RCD Espanyol U16

India  v SAFA Gauteng

Bidvest Wits U16 v  India

Beijing Guoan U16 v  India

India U−15 fixtures[edit]

United States  v  India

India  v  Mexico

Slovenia  v  India

Qatar  v  India

India  v  Macedonia

India  v Bangkok Glass FC

India  v Port F.C.

India  v Chonburi F.C.

India  v Assumption United FC

Nepal    v  India

India  v  Bhutan

India  v  Sri Lanka

Bangladesh  v  India

India  v    Nepal

India  v Keçiörengücü

India  v Fenerbahçe SK

India  v  Turkmenistan

Bahrain  v  India

India  v  Uzbekistan

Competitive history[edit]

FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

AFC U-16 Championship[edit]

SAFF U-15 Championship[edit]

*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.


  • SAFF U-16 Championship
    • Winners (3): 2013, 2017, 2019
    • Runners-up (2): 2011, 2015

See also[edit]

  • India national football team
  • India national under-23 football team
  • India national under-20 football team
  • India women’s national football team
  • India women’s national under-19 football team
  • India women’s national under-17 football team
  • I-League U19


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