Indian women's football teamToday we are celebrating International Women’s Day. On this auspicious occasion we at Sportskeeda have decided to bring the story of the brave-hearted women footballers of India who do not usually get the attention they deserve. Unlike our men’s team, Indian women's football team ranks among the top sides of the world.Their current FIFA ranking is 53rd among 177 countries. Not only they have a commendable history behind them, they also have a promising future look forward.The Indian team had finished runner-up twice and third place once in 1979, 1981 and 1983 at the AFC Women's Asian Cup. In the 1980s, after FIFA took control of the Women’s football, India played an invitational tournament in Taiwan. The Indian women’s team drew against might Netherlands and Haiti but unfortunately lost to Germany. They had eventually finished 12th in that tournament.The tournament was considered equivalent to the World Cup as almost all the powerhouses of World Football participated. According to the results, India technically was, back then, the 12th best team in the World.It is true that the standard has deteriorated since then, but the Indian in recent history has won the SAFF Championship three times in a row, 2010, 2012 and 2014 where they practically thrashed every opponent they faced.Today we take the opportunity to highlight the names of four incredible women footballers who have held the tri-colour high at the world stage.
#1 Oinam Bem Bem Devi
She is at present the captain of our national side. Oinam Bem Bem Devi started her career at the U13 level for her state Manipur way back in 1991. After an impressive performance for the age group level she was soon roped in by a local side Yawa Singjamei Leishangthem Lekai club. At present she plays for New Radiant, one of the biggest football clubs in Maldives.
Bem Bem Devi made her debut in international football in 1995 at the age of 15 at the Asian Games. India did fairly well and Bem Bem had announced her arrival in the national with a strong performance. She has played 18 international matches and scored 11 goals. Oinam Bem Bem Devi has won the prestigious AIFF Player of the Year award twice in her career, 2001 and 2013.