In terms of populating Indian women football, the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and AFC Women’s Asian Cup will be game-changers and inspiring and the tournaments would encourage the younger generation to take football more seriously.
It is extremely important to expand coverage of women’s sporting events. This has contributed to the increasing popularity in the media of female sports stars and better promotion of sports events focused on women.
In exchange, this will produce more support for these sports. In both of these regions, the Women’s Football World Cup is only one of the tournaments that is making big strides.
“The FIFA U-17 World Cup and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 will help people know about women’s football in India. It will help them recognize the effort AIFF has put in to take women’s football forward together,”-Ashalata’s thoughts on women’s football future
For the next generation to bring the flag forward, hosting the Youth World Cup and the premier Asian competition on Indian land would only serve as more inspiration.
But before looking toward a promising future, to celebrate an amazing bunch of Indian women football players who made it all possible, despite the odds, it is important to take note of the past and the present.
“Earlier, we didn’t see many girls play football. Now, the numbers have gone up significantly. In the FIFA U-17 World Cup, more girls from various countries will come to India and our girls will get an opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best. That will help change the overall mind-set,”– Bala Devi
In January 2020, Bala, signed an 18-month deal with the Scottish Women’s Premier League team, Rangers, making her the first Indian female football player to sign a professional contract with the European football club.