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Crystal Ball: The 2020 Wishlist for Indian Football

07:17 GMT+3 31/12/2019
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Here's what we think would be on the wishlist of the well-wishers of Indian football...

  • India U17 women's team

    #6 The Perfect Host

    The Men's FIFA U-17 World Cup held in 2017 was a success for India and Indian footballers lovers will be wishing of a repeat when the country hosts the U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020. 
  • Kerala Blasters NorthEast United ISL 6

    #5 Better refereeing or VAR

    The refereeing quality in the Indian leagues has gone for a toss and an improvement with regards to on-field decision-making will be on the wishlist of many, including club officials and the supporters. More consistent refereeing will be the need of the hour but it will take time .
  • Jobby Justin Manvir Singh India DPR Korea Intercontinental Cup 2019

    #4 A striker for India

    Most Indian clubs have opted for a foreign striker to lead the line. Indian strikers have had a limited role to play at the club-level except in Jamshedpur FC and this has affected Igor Stimac's plans as well. He will be hoping to finally get an Indian striker playing consistently at the highest level and scoring goals. 
  • Sandesh Jhingan India DPR Korea Intercontinental Cup 2019

    #3 The Return of the Js

    Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sandesh Jhingan are two key players for the national team and their respective clubs. Both players have spent the last quarter of 2019 on the treatment table and will be hoping to get back on the field in 2020. 
  • Sunil Chhetri India Oman WCQ

    #2 A Successor of Sunil Chhetri

    Sunil Chhetri has been playing and excelling for his club and country for more than a decade. He has not been at his best in the last few months but can still play a crucial role for his team in 2020. But what he himself would wish for is someone to take up the mantle. We're yet to arrive at a name but maybe 2020 will throw us one!
  • Punjab FC

    #1 More clubs from North and Central India

    Indian leagues need more representation from the North Indian and Central Indian states which constitutes almost 60% of India's population. As of now, it is just Punjab FC who play in the I-League that have come from the aforementioned states.

    Hopefully, more clubs come up from these states in 2020.