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Is India Selected for FIFA 2022?

Do you live in India or are you a huge fan of the Indian football team? Are you curious to know if India is selected for the FIFA Nations Series 2022 playoffs? In this article you will find the detailed answer to this question and every other thing you should know about qualification for the FIFA Nations Cup 2022. Defeating the Republic of South Korea and Malaysia in the qualification, India has secured a well occupied place in the list of qualified nations for the FIFAe Nations Series Playoff. 

Is India Qualified for the FIFAe Nations Cup?

India qualified for the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022. The moment everybody has been waiting for since the last few months is here. India finally made it to the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 for the first time ever in its history on June 11, 2022. The prestigious showpiece event is set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark in this year 2022 from July 27 to July 30. 

India defeated the nation’s from South East Asia including Republic of South Korean and Malaysia in order to get selected for the FIFAe Nations Series 2022 Playoffs. The journey of Indian efootball team’s participation in FIFAe Nations Series began one back in January 2021 when All India Football Federation signed the participation agreement with FIFA for FIFAe Nations Series 2021. 

Talking about FIFA Nations Series 2021, India secured 22nd rank in the global rankings and was placed above strong Nations like Argentina, Italy and Spain in the FIFA World rankings of 2021. India was one of the 60 nations who played in the qualification from the Middle East and Africa Zone. India ended the season receiving third position in its zone without missing a place in FIFAe Nations play-offs 2021. 

India in Qualification for FIFA Nations Series 2022

Unlike season 2021, India was placed in the Asia/Oceania region in season 2022 and was also awarded with a place in the Play-Ins, directly getting selected to the Playoffs which is the last stage before the Nations Cup. During the Play-Ins India played a total of 32 games across the four match weeks, winning 12 games, 11 losses and 9 draws. 

After completing and succeeding in the procedure, India successfully qualified to the Playoffs ranked second in the Consistency Points Chart and moved one more step closer to the FIFA Nations Series 2022. And this time, India achieved 19th position in the FIFA global rankings leaving many stronger countries behind. As soon as India reached the playoffs, it was determined to take it easy and seal the spot at the event. India just made it to the showpiece event by winning two matches only. 

Did India also qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022?

Unfortunately India didn’t make it to the FIFA World Cup 2022 which is going to be held in Qatar, a Middle East country. The Qatar World cup is the 22nd World Cup tournament since it started and for the first time in its history, it is going to take place in an Arab country. Most of the countries that qualified for the world cup are European. A total of 32 slots were available for the Qatar World Cup which had to be filled by countries from six different regions. From UEFA (Europe continent), 13 countries made it to the qualification for FIFA World Cup 2022. Qatar automatically qualified from Asian region as the country which gets the right to host the tournament automatically qualifies to play in the tournament. 

About FIFAe Nations Cup

The FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 is presented by EA SPORTS FIFA 22 where world’s best players represent their country with their national pride and glory at stake. The FIFAe Nations Cup provides players with the opportunity to play alongside their teammates in a 2V2 format. Players are the centre of attraction in this competition who add a different competitive dynamic to the competition. This eSports showpiece event is going to be held from July 27 to July 30 in Copahegans, Denmark. 

The FIFAe Nations Series is a domestic level competition which provides FIFA’s association members with opportunities for their communities to compete against each other and showcase their superiority in the sport. There you will find the most competitive athletes from countries who compete against each other to come up. It gives the best athletes a chance to show their value for the team during FIFAe friendlies. The communities also might see activations that are organized for the less active or competitive audience for example grassroots and exhibition events. All these activations can be used to help the national coaches to select the player who will represent the country’s national team at the FIFAe Nations Series. 

All of the member associations  that participated in the Nations Cup 2021 are invited to take part in the FIFAe Nations Series through the 

FIFA Nations Series online qualifier 2022 Play-Ins. This had to be done from December to April and in July results were revealed. The countries which have qualified for the FIFAe Nations Series were divided into different zones for this online tournament. It was already made clear that the top teams would directly go to FIFAe Nations Series playoffs without having to appear in the FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier’s main stage. And the teams who couldn’t qualify directly for the FIFAe Nations Playoffs through Play-Ins had another chance to qualify during the FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier’s main stage. 

But the question is what did the teams have to go through in FIFAe Nations Online Qualifier’s main stage. There the disqualified countries from Play-Ins joined some other newly onboarding member associations for the FIFAe Nations Series 2022. During the main stage, the nations fight the battle within their respective zones in a 2V2 format in May 2022. It depends on the final number of participating member associations if the FIFAe Nations Playoffs 2022 would be played online or offline during which 23 nations would be picked up who will join the host at the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022. 

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