The Indian football team, led by star forward Sunil Chhetri, is set to feature in the 2023 Asian Games after a long hiatus of 9 years. The Indian Men’s side is ranked 19th in Asia and was not up for qualification in the Asian Games. But the Indian Sports Ministry, through a special exemption, has cleared them for the competition. As the format has been going on since 2002, the teams will consist of players under the age of 23 with only three players allowed over the age of 23 in the squad.
Sachin Jinghan alongside Chhetri will serve the leadership responsibility as they are the two senior players who will be accompanying a second-string side of the Indian Football team. India is placed in Group A alongside China, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The Men in Blue will play their first match against China on September 19, which will be the inaugural match of the event. India will fancy their chances of qualifying from the group as China are the only side to have a better FIFA ranking in the Asian division.
South Korea is the defending champion of men’s football and will eye to replicate the feat at the 2023 Asian Games. They are also the nation with the highest number of Gold medals in history with 5 medals to their name. They are closely followed by Iran who have won 4 gold medals.
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Groups of Men’s Football teams:
Group A – China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India
Group B – Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mongolia
Group C – Uzbekistan, Syria, Hong Kong China, Afghanistan
Group D – Japan, Palestine, Qatar
Group E – South Korea, Bahrain, Thailand, Kuwait
Group F – North Korea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Chinese Taipei
Men’s Football Full Schedule for Asian Games 2023:
Group Stage India’s schedule:
September 19 – India vs China on 5:00 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
September 21 – India vs Bangladesh on 1:30 PM at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
September 24 – Myanmar vs India on 5:00 PM at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
Round of 16:
September 27 –
1A vs 3B/C/D on 5:00 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
1B vs 3C/D/E on 2:00 PM at Shangcheng Sports Centre Stadium
2C vs 2D on 5:00 PM at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
1E vs 2F on 5:00 PM at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium
1F vs 2E on 2:00 PM at Zhejiang Normal University East Stadium
2A vs 2B on 5:00 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
September 28 –
1C vs 3D/E/F on 2:00 PM at Shangcheng Sports Centre Stadium
1D vs 3A/B/C on 5:00 PM at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
Round of 16 – 3 winner vs Round of 16 – 7 winner on 12:30 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
Round of 16 – 1 winner vs Round of 16 – 5 winner on 5:30 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
Round of 16 – 2 winner vs Round of 16 – 6 winner on 5:00 PM at Shangcheng Sports Centre Stadium
Round of 16 – 4 winner vs Round of 16 – 8 winner on 5:00 PM at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
October 4 –
Quarter-final 1 winner vs Quarter-final 3 winner on 5:30 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
Quarter-final 2 winner vs Quarter-final 4 winner on 3:30 PM at Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
Bronze Medal Match:
October 7 – Semi-final losing team 1 vs semi-final losing team 2 on 1:30 PM at Shangcheng Sports Centre Stadium
Gold Medal Match:
October 7 – Semi-final winner 1 vs semi-final winner 2 on 5:30 PM at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
Ahead of Thursday’s Asian Games 2023 Men’s Football matches; here is all you need to know:
What date Asian Games 2023 Men’s Football matches will be played?
The Asian Games 2023 Men’s Football matches will take place from September 19 to October 7.
Where will the Asian Games 2023 Men’s Football be played?
The Asian Games 2023 Men’s Football matches will be played at:-
Huanglong Sports Center Stadium
Shangcheng Sports Centre Stadium
Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium
Zhejiang Normal University East Stadium
Jinhua Sports Center Stadium
Linping Sports Center Stadium
Which TV channels will broadcast Men’s Football matches at the Asian Games 2023?
Men’s Football will be televised on the Sony Sports Network in India.
How do I watch Men’s Football matches at the Asian Games 2023 live streaming?
Men’s Football will be streamed live on the SonyLIV app and website in India.
What is the squad of Indian Men’s Football Team at the Asian Games 2023?
Indian Men’s Football Team: Gurmeet Singh, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Vishal Yadav, Sumit Rathi, Narender Gahlot, Deepak Tangri, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Lalchungnunga, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Samuel James Lyngdoh, Rahul KP, Abdul Rabeeh, Ayush Dev Chhetri, Bryce Miranda, Azfar Noorani, Vincy Barretto, Sunil Chhetri, Rahim Ali, Rohit Danu, Gurkirat Singh, Aniket Jadhav