A draw against Afghanistan on Tuesday ensured the Blue Tigers a third spot finish in group E. 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.
Key Highlights. 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.
Not only our country, every nation wants to play Fifa World Cup, but do you know why India is unable to make their place in it, except 1952 World Cup. Fortunately, India was qualified, but unfortunately did not play, due to the rules of FIFA, Fifa says, “Players do not play without Football Shoes”, but Indian football team did not know how to play in shoes, how to dribble a ball in shoes.
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.
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.
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Indian sports fans at the Mumbai Football Arena supporting the Blue Tigers. India did have a chance of playing the FIFA World Cup nearly 70 years back when they had qualified by default for the 1950 World Cup due to the withdrawals of Burma, Indonesia and Philippines during the qualifiers.
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022 Asia Group E Points Table Updated: Team Standings of India, Bangladesh, Qatar, Oman and Afghanistan. India have been placed in Group E of the preliminary stage for the 2022 World Cup Asian Qualifiers, alongside World Cup hosts Qatar, Oman, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.