Why Does India Suck At Soccer?

Foreign policy wonk Daniel Drezner puzzles over this:

The true outlier here is India. Their (soccer) men’s team ranks 133rd, just behind Fiji. Their women’s team is somewhat better, just besting Haiti. Even if soccer is not that popular in the subcontinent, it’s a country with more than a billion people — sheer numbers suggest they should field a semi-decent team.

The reason? All the young kids wanna be cricketers, Daniel. Simple!


4 thoughts on “Why Does India Suck At Soccer?

  1. Som says:

    Show me the money! Where is money in soccer. I know club players make decent money. I would guess the lowest in an I League club gets around Rs 10 lakh a year. But then the pool is not that big.

  2. Rishabh says:

    We’re also weird. When we did qualify for the WC decades ago, we backed out because we wanted to play barefoot and it wasn’t allowed. One of our players even played barefoot for Celtic.

  3. ur website is interesting.. keep posting frequently.. pls visit my new soccer blog! thnx

  4. Losing is like vanilla ice cream. But winning is like your favorite ice cream with a topping. Even if you loose you still get to play the game… but winning is much better!

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