National team striker Bala Devi feels the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2022 will help change the overall mindset about women’s football in India.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be held this year but was first postponed to 2021 and then pushed back by another year to 2022.
“Earlier, we didn’t see many girls play football. Now, the numbers have gone up significantly.
“In the FIFA U-17 World Cup, more girls from various countries will come to India and our girls will get an opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best. That will help change the overall mindset,” the Rangers Women FC forward told AIFF TV.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is set to host the second FIFA World Cup in five years, and the 30-year-old striker feels that it will help the country “shine” on a global stage.