3 Things That Could Happen In Indian Football With Praful Patel's Election into the FIFA Council
#2 India hosting more FIFA events
India hosted its FIFA event in 2017 when more than 1.34 million fans flocked the stadium to make it the most attended FIFA youth competition ever. FIFA awarded India the event in December 2013, overlooking the bids of Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Republic of Ireland.
Uzbekistan had reached the quarter-finals of the event in 2011 and made it to the Round of 16 the same year. India, on the other hand, had never qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup and did very a very little work in grassroots development till then. Still, the FIFA Council chose India.
AIFF has already announced its intentions to bid for the 2021 FIFA U-20 Men's World Cup, and 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup through its 2nd Strategic Plan. India had already won the bid for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup before Praful Patel's landslide victory. With the situation favoring India more heavily now, one shouldn't be surprised if more FIFA accredited events are held in the coming years.