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FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule, Group Details, Time, Venue, Points Table and Broadcast- Full Details

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule: The Indian Football Team is participating in the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier Round 2 and is placed in Group A, alongside Qatar, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The competition started on 16 November 2023 and will end on 11 June 2024. Check out the important details about the India FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2026 and the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers Table below.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule
FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule (Credit- AIFF)

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Overview

Article NameFIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule
Event NameFIFA World Cup Qualification Round 2
Promotion toFIFA World Cup Qualification Round 3 and Qualify for AFC Asian Cup 2027
Indian Football team captainSunil Chhetri
Placed inGroup A
No. of Matches for India6
FIFA Ranking121 (as of 4 April 2024)
TicketsBookmyshow

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Table 2026

All the teams in Group A have played 4 matches each, out of which Qatar is leading in the points, followed by India in the 2nd position. Kuwait and Afghanistan are in the 3rd and 4th positions. Check out the detailed FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers Table presented below.

Points Table FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2026

The winner of the match earns 3 points, and the loser gets 0 points. And if the game is drawn, both teams gets 1 point each.

TeamsPWDLGFGAGAPts
Qatar4400162+1412
India411225-34
Afghanistan4112313-104
Kuwait410356-13
Updated- 27/3/2024, Time- 10.00 AM

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Fixtures

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule

DateTimeTeamsVenueResult
16 Nov 202310 PM (IST)Kuwait vs IndiaJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, KuwaitIndia
21 Nov 20237 PM (IST)India vs QatarKalinga Stadium, BhubaneswarQatar
21 Mar 202412.30 AM (IST)Afghanistan vs IndiaDamac Stadium, AbhaDraw
26 Mar 20247.30 PM (IST)India vs AfghanistanIndira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, GuwahatiAfghanistan
6 Jun 2024TBDIndia vs KuwaitTBDTBD
11 Jun 2024TBDQatar vs IndiaTBDTBD

How can India Qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Round 3

India has completed 4 matches out of 6. The team has lost 2 games and won only 1. The recent defeat was against Afghanistan, played on 26 March 2024.

As per the rules, the top two teams in the points table will advance to the Qualifier Round 3 and qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2027. But to stick in the 2nd position, India will have to win the remaining 2 matches.

The next match of India is with Kuwait, followed by the last game of the group stage with Qatar. India still has a chance of qualifying if they win against Kuwait and Qatar. However, winning against Qatar will be difficult for the Indian team, and drawing the match will not help either.

If Afghanistan wins the remaining 2 matches, their total points will be 11, and India, if they win only 1 match and draw against Qatar, their total score will be 8. This indicates that their 2 position in the points table is unstable, and by hook or by crook, India has to win the remaining 2 matches to qualify for the 3rd round.

Has India ever Qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Round 3

The Indian Football Team has appeared in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 10 times. The years are 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022 and 2026. None of the time, India could qualify for the FIFA Qualifier Third Round.

YearRound
1986First Round
1994First Round
1998First Round
2002First Round
2006Second Round
2010First Round
2014Second Round
2018Second Round
2022Second Round
2026TBD

What if Afghanistan and India End Up Having The Same Points?

India and Afghanistan have 2 remaining matches to play in June. Both teams have the same points; if they win both matches, their points will go up to 11. If they win a game and draw a match, their points will be the same at 8. So, on what basis will the qualification for round 3 be decided?

In such situations the Goal Difference of both the teams will be considered. In simple words the team will less GD will qualify.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule

The FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier Round 2 has started and will continue until 11 June 2024. The Indian Football team is a part of this tournament and is placed in Group A, which includes Qatar, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. As per the schedule, India will play 6 matches (2 matches with each team) out of which India has completed 3 games (1 match with the other 3 teams).

India will play the next match against with Kuwait on June 6; the last game will be against Qatar on June 11, 2024. The venue of last 2 matches is yet to be revealed.

Important Links

FIFA Official WebsiteLink
All India Football FederationLink
Indian Football FacebookLink
Indian Football TwitterLink
World Sports GalleryLink

FAQs on FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers India Schedule

Who won India vs Afghanistan football?

The India vs Afghanistan FIFA Qualifier match was won by the Afghanistan National Football Team.

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