Practice is key to improvement and Karishma Shirvoikar believes that Women’s Football needs more opportunities to improve. India will be hosting the AFC Women’s Asia Cup and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year. The National Teams will be looking forward to giving a good performance.
Karishma has been living the dream after bagging a training and trial in Spain. Back in 2019, CD Fontsanta Fatjo roped her in for their training program. She was a part of the Indian National Team that had been training in Jharkhand ahead of the ongoing friendlies. She did not make it into the 23-member squad for the first set of games.
The 20-year-old striker believes that there are more girls who can represent the National Team. At the moment, the number of tournaments for Women’s Football is comparatively lesser and needs improvements. While many display potential, not many continue due to the lack of opportunities. This will change in the years to come.
Karishma Shirvoikar might be a part of the team for the upcoming International tournaments
The National Team are having a good run of games in the friendlies they have played so far. They defeated the UAE National Team 1-4 in their backyard before losing to Tunisia 1-0 in a closely contested encounter. Yesterday, they smashed in 5 past a hapless Bahrain as the host suffered a 0-5 defeat.
Indian Football has gone a level higher in the past decade. The Indian Super League and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017 are the biggest factors to this rapid rise. These tournaments gave the players opportunities like never before to shine at a stage they never had. The fans too were introduced to the huge array of talents that were mostly hidden. With 2 major tournaments coming up next year, Women’s Football will receive the boost they need.
Karishma absence in the squad was a surprise and we might see her in the games to come. Coming from Odxel, a small seaside village in Goa, Karishma grew up playing around the beach and might soon play for the National Team in one of the biggest tournaments.
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