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Let us have a look at how the Indian women’s team have performed since 2016 as they prepare for the AFC Asian Cup

The India women’s national team are currently in Sweden to play two friendlies as part of their preparations for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup in January 2022 under the watchful eyes of head coach Thomas Dennerby. The Swede was handed over the reins in August after former coach Maymol Rocky stepped down. 

From Sushil Bhattacharya in the 1970s to Rocky, all the previous managers of the Indian women’s team had been Indians and Dennerby became the first foreign coach when the  AIFF’s (All India Football Federation) Technical Committee thought that it would be best to use his experience for the benefit of the senior team, keeping in mind the upcoming Asian Cup in 2022 which will be hosted in India.  

The former Nigerian national team coach mentioned that the target in the Asian Cup is to at least reach the quarterfinals. 

“We will put in a huge effort to reach the knock out stage that means going into the quarterfinals and if we can do that it will be successful tournament for us,” he stated in a recent media interaction. 

However, he thinks that the team must play at least 11 to 13 international matches before the main event to get into the groove. 

“It is very important for us to play 11-13 matches before the tournament (AFC Asian Cup) starts. The federation is working very hard trying to help us, we know about the situation with corona. It is important to us to play not less than 10 games before the tournament starts and we need to play different opponents with different playing styles,” said Dennerby. 

“We need to play some teams which are a little bit weaker to implement attacking ideas and (need) some games against equal is also important to find opponents who are a little bit better, who will help us to speed up the pace of the game, the decision making, the passing and receiving and all that you need to do,” he mentioned.

In the last five years, the Indian team has flown to different parts of the world to take part in various exposure trips as well as to participate in many international tournaments like the Cotif Cup, Gold Cup, and the Turkish Women’s Cup. Let us have a look at their performance in the international arena in the last five years. 






2016South Asian GamesMaldives0-0Draw
2016South Asian GamesSri Lanka5-0Win
2016South Asian GamesNepal0-0Draw
2016South Asian GamesBangladesh5-1Win
2016South Asian GamesNepal4-0Win
2016SAFF Women’s ChampionshipAfghanistan5-1Win
2016SAFF Women’s ChampionshipBangladesh0-0Draw
2017SAFF Women’s ChampionshipNepal3-1Win
2017SAFF Women’s ChampionshipBangladesh3-1Win
2017AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualification 2018North Korea8-0Loss
2017AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualification 2018South Korea10-0Loss
2017AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualification 2018Uzbekistan7-1Loss
2017AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualification 2018Hong Kong2-0Win
2018FriendlyUD Alzira1-3 Win
2018Cotif Cup 2018Fundacion Albacete4-1Loss
2018Cotif Cup 2018Levante UD5-0Loss
2018Cotif Cup 2018Morocco5-1Loss
2018Cotif Cup 2018Madrid CFF1-0Loss
2018AFC Women’s Olympic QualifiersNepal1-1Draw
2018AFC Women’s Olympic QualifiersBangladesh7-1Win
2018AFC Women’s Olympic QualifiersMyanmar2-1Loss
2019FriendlyHong Kong5-2Win
2019FriendlyHong Kong1-0Win
2019Gold CupIran1-0Win
2019Gold CupMyanmar2-0Loss
2019Gold CupNepal2-1Loss
2019Turkish Women’s CupTurkmenistan 10-0Win
2019Turkish Women’s CupRomania3-0Loss
2019Turkish Women’s CupKazakhstan0-0 (3-4 pen.)Loss
2019SAFF Women’s ChampionshipMaldives6-0Win
2019SAFF Women’s ChampionshipSri Lanka5-0Win
2019SAFF Women’s ChampionshipBangladesh4-0Wiin
2019SAFF Women’s ChampionshipNepal3-1Win
2019AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Round 2Indonesia2-0Win
2019AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Round 2Nepal3-1Win
2019AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Round 2Myanmar3-3Draw
2019FriendlyCF Athletico Carcer5-0Loss
2019FriendlyUD Alzira1-0Win
2019Cotif CupVillareal CF U202-0Loss
2019Cotif CupBolivia B3-1 Win
2019Cotif CupMauritiana7-0Win
2019Cotif CupSpain U202-0Loss
2019South Asian GamesMaldives5-0Win
2019South Asian GamesSri Lanka6-0Win
2019South Asian GamesNepal1-0Win
2019South Asian GamesNepal2-0Win
2021Turkish Women’s CupSerbia2-0Loss
2021Turkish Women’s CupRussia8-0Loss
2021Turkish Women’s CupUkraine3-2Loss
2021FriendlyHammarby FC3-2Loss
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