India national under-20 football team

India Under-20
Nickname(s) Koushik Boina
Association All India Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 0
AFC U-19 Championship
Appearances 12 (first in 1970)
Best result Champions 1974

The India national Under-20 football team, also known as India Under-20s or India U20(s), is considered to be one of the feeder teams for the India national football team behind the India national under-23 football team.

This team is for Indian players aged under 19 at the start of the calendar year in which a two-year AFC U-19 Championship campaign begins, so some players can remain with the squad until the age of 21. As long as they are eligible, players can play for India at any level, making it possible to play for the U19s, senior side, and again for the U19s. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible).


As an Asian U19 team, India compete for the Asian Championship, with the finals every even-numbered year, formerly odd-numbered years. There is no Under-19 World Cup, although there is an Under-20 World Cup. For the first 12 (1959-1970) Asian Under-19 Football Championships, India did not participate.

Then in 1971 the All India Football Federation decided to send a youth squad to the Asian Championships that year in Japan. The team managed to make it to the quarter-finals before losing out to Japan.

They participated in the championships again in 1972, this time in Thailand. Even after there good tournament in 1971 they could not go past the group stage this time around. They then participated in 1973 where Iran was hosting the championships. India managed to make the semi-finals before bowing out.

This then moved on to 1974 where India won the championship after drawing Iran in the final 2-2. Even though it ended in a draw the AFC still called it a victory for both teams.

After winning the championship India went back again in 1975 but this time could not get past the group stage. The next two years would be normal for India as they finished in Quarter Final and Group Stage respectively. They would then though go on a run of not entering the next three tournaments.

India's luck world sense have been lacking as they have qualified for the championship eight times sense 1985 to 2011 out of thirteen tournaments. The highest they have made it in that time the group stage. In 2008, the federation built up a self-sufficient training centre at Goa. The centre has all the facilities to train and house both the under-19 and the under-16 teams. Even with the training ground though they failed to make the last tournament in 2010 after finishing fourth out of six in there qualifying group.

The under-19 team participated in the 2012 AFC U-19 Championship qualification games to be played at Tehran, Iran. India did not qualify for the main rounds, finished 3rd in their group. In October 2013, under-19 team is going to participate in the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship qualification, which will held in Qatar.

AFC U-19 Championship Record

Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
Malaysia 1959 to
Philippines 1970
Japan 1971 Quarter Final 421255
Thailand 1972 Group Stage 41-3513
Iran 1973 3rd Place 54-1117
Thailand 1974 Champions 44--152
Kuwait 1975 Group Stage 411256
Thailand 1976 Group Stage 311143
Iran 1977 Quarter Final 31-258
Bangladesh 1978 Group Stage 411278
Thailand 1980 to
United Arab Emirates 1985
Saudi Arabia 1986 Group Stage 3-1228
Qatar 1988 DNQ
Indonesia 1990 Group Stage 31-237
United Arab Emirates 1992 Group Stage 3--307
Indonesia 1994 DNQ
South Korea 1996 Group Stage 4-1326
Thailand 1998 Group Stage 4-13310
Iran 2000 DNQ
Qatar 2002 Quarter Final 41-3214
Malaysia 2004 Group Stage 3--325
India 2006 Group Stage 3-1237
Saudi Arabia 2008 to
Bahrain 2016
Best: Winners

Current Staff

Team Management Table
Name Position
England Lee Johnson [1] Manager
India Syed Sabir Pasha Assistant Manager
India Yusuf Ansari Goalkeeping Coach
India Rohit Thorat General Manager
India Vishnu Nair Physio

Current Squad

This is the 26 member squad selected for the 2016 AFC U-19 Championship qualification held in Palestine from 2 to 6 October 2015.[2] "Caps and goals accurate as of 6 October 2015, after the game against Afghanistan U19s"

Number Name DOB Club State Caps (goals)
1 Sukhdev Patil 23 November 1998 India Pune Academy Maharashtra 3 (0)
21 Sayak Barai 22 January 1997 India AIFF Elite Academy Delhi 4 (0)
99 Rafique Ali Sardar 16 April 1998 India Tata Football Academy - 0 (0)
2 Shahabaaz Khan 1 January 1997 India AIFF Elite Academy Manipur 5 (1)
3 Kapil Boro 12 January 1997 India AIFF Elite Academy Assam 0 (0)
4 Nishu Kumar 1 January 1997 India Bengaluru FC Chandigarh 3 (0)
5 Gursimrat Singh Gill 11 February 1997 India Bengaluru FC Punjab 3 (0)
6 Mohammad Sajid Dhot 10 February 1997 India DSK Shivajians Punjab 6 (0)
16 Sarthak Golui 25 May 1997 India Mohun Bagan West Bengal 6 (1)
27 Amey Ganesh Ranawade 7 March 1998 India AIFF Elite Academy Maharashtra 2 (0)
28 Lalthakima Ralte 1 January 1998 India Aizawl Mizoram 3 (0)
8 Lalramzuava Khiangte 11 September 1996 (age 19) India AIFF Elite Academy Mizoram 6 (1)
14 Malsawmzuala 9 December 1997 India Bengaluru FC Mizoram 3 (0)
15 Bidyananda Singh (Vice-Captain) 27 November 1997 India Atletico Kolkata Manipur 1 (0)
20 Rakesh Oram 31 October 1997 India AIFF Elite Academy Orissa 2 (0)
26 Vinit Rai 10 October 1997 India Dempo Assam 2 (0)
7 Suman Sarkar 20 November 1997 India AIFF Elite Academy West Bengal 2 (0)
9 Milan Basumatary 2 September 1997 India Shillong Lajong Assam 3 (0)
10 Moinuddin Khan 14 April 1997 India AIFF Elite Academy Madhya Pradesh 3 (1)
13 Daniel Lalhlimpuia (c) 12 September 1997 India Bengaluru FC Mizoram 10 (0)
19 Muhammed Ashique Kuruniyan 1 January 1997 Spain Villarreal CF Kerala 2 (0)
24 Lallianzuala Chhangte 6 August 1997 India DSK Shivajians U19 Mizoram 3 (0)
41 Jerry Mawihmingthanga 9 March 1997 India DSK Shivajians U19 Mizoram 3 (0)

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