New Delhi: The year 2016 started in an optimistic note for Indian Football with an hope to revive and extend its popularity among Indians and the year ended with a promise for the Indian Football Universe, to bring back the game's glory a bit better than the surpassing years.
2016 saw many ups and downs in the National level football as well as in the domestic level. With five stadiums getting green signal to host U-17 FIFA World Cup from October next year to India's exit from Russia 2018 qualifiers.
The football stadiums in New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kochi, Margao and Guwahati were accepted by FIFA for the U-17 World Cup slated to be organised from October 2017.
India claimed the SAFF Cup in January against Afghanistan in Trivandrum.