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For India's U-17s, 'Arrows' route is way ahead

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India held Indonesia to a draw in their final game to reach the last eight of the U-16 Championships for the first time since 2002.
India held Indonesia to a draw in their final game to reach the last eight of the U-16 Championships for the first time since 2002.

India are through to the quarterfinals of the AFC U-16 Championships in Malaysia, following a goalless draw with Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. This will be their first appearance at the last eight of this event, a qualification for the U-17 World Cup in Peru in 2019, since 2002.

While they have put in spirited efforts in all three group games, their maturity will be stretched in the quarterfinal, where they are likely to face in-form South Korea on Monday in order to qualify for the U-17...

Why you should care about the Under-16 Championships

The four semi-finalists from the U-16 Championships will qualify for the 2019 U17 World Cup in Peru.
The four semi-finalists from the U-16 Championships will qualify for the 2019 U17 World Cup in Peru.

Almost a year since India's FIFA debut at the U-17 World Cup, their successors will eye qualification for the 2019 edition in Peru, when they start their AFC U-16 Championships campaign against Vietnam in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

What's at stake?

The other two teams in India's Group C are 2016 AFC U-16 runners-up Iran and Indonesia, and India must finish in the top four of the 16-team tournament to qualify as one of the Asian Football Confederation teams for the U-17 World Cup next year.

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To grow football, play more football

It's been an eventful week since the completion of the U-17 World Cup, the first FIFA event hosted by the Indian subcontinent. While the headlines since then have been dominated by the court ruling that removed All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel from his post, there's a need to look beyond the immediate and see what the World Cup did for India and where Indian football can go from here.

So can the World Cup make a difference?

'The passion (for football) is growing; the access to the sport on TV is growing.'
'The passion (for football) is growing; the access to the sport on TV is growing.'

Santosh Desai, columnist and CEO of Future Brands...

For India's U-17s, 'Arrows' route is way ahead

Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (second from right) scored India's only goal at a FIFA event, in the group stage match against Colombia.
Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (second from right) scored India's only goal at a FIFA event, in the group stage match against Colombia.

The Indian team, which won praise for its performance at the U-17 World Cup, its maiden showing in any FIFA event, have their immediate plans chalked out -- they will start with participation in the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers in the first week of November. The best U-17 players will then team up with some of the best U-19 players and play in the I-League as a separate club. Remuneration for their participation will be taken care of by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), according to...