India U-20 football team to play Argentina U-20 in Cotif tournament
Besides Argentina U-20, the India U-20 side will be taking on the national U-20 sides of Venezuela and Mauritania in the COTIF CupUpdated: Jul 17, 2018 22:08 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
India’s U-20 football team will be playing against Argentina U-20 during a tournament in Spain from July 29.
Besides Argentina, the Indians will be taking on the national U-20 sides of Venezuela and Mauritania in the COTIF Cup – the Mini Mundial Sub U-20 men’s football tournament.
They will also play Murcia U-20, a local side in the tournament.
National team director Abhishek Yadav said the All India Football Federation has drawn up a template where all national teams will be playing international competitions in addition to their domestic schedule.
“The COTIF tournament in Spain falls well into our plans and we are excitedly looking forward to it. The Sub U-20 category, India will be up against teams from renowned football powerhouses that will be preparing for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 qualifiers,” he said.
“For the development of all national teams across age-groups, we have drawn up a template in which playing matches on a regular basis has been given high weight,” Yadav, also an AIFF executive committee member, said.
“In an ideal mix, in addition to domestic competitive matches, we will participate in competitions involving AFC opposition, non-AFC opposition, matches against higher-age teams, in different playing conditions, etc.”
The U-20 national team will comprise players who represented India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and those who played in the AFC U-19 Qualifiers in 2017.
“We are pushing the envelope. We have done this with the U-17 World Cup team and are doing it with the U-16 boys’ national team as well. We will soon extend it to the female national teams and a fresh U-15 boys’ national team,” Yadav stated.
JULY 29: India U-20 vs Murcia U-20
JULY 31: India U-20 vs Mauritania U-20
AUGUST 03: India U-20 vs Venezuela U-20
AUGUST 05: India U-20 vs Argentina U-20.
First Published: Jul 17, 2018 22:08 IST