India created history on Saturday as they confirmed qualification for the upcoming FIFAe Nations Cup 2022, which is scheduled to take place from July 27 to 30 at Copenhagen, Denmark.
The FIFAe Nations Cup is the international football governing body’s (FIFA) official inter-nation esports football competition, with gamers taking part in the tournament in a 2v2 format along with a substitute.
The 2022 edition will be the first time that India will play the showpiece tournament for gamers, as they missed out on the playoff spot in 2020 and while they once again failed to qualify in 2021 – they did finish above heavyweights such as Italy, Argentina and Spain in the 2021 rankings.
India qualified for the Asia/Oceania regional playoffs after a successful stint in the play-ins for the 2022 edition, while also achieving their highest global ranking of 19. The Indian team compromising of Charanjot Singh, Siddh Chandarana and Saransh Jain beat Korea and Malaysia in the playoffs to make the cut for the event.
A total of 24 teams will compete in the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022 at the Bella Arena in Copenhagen. France go into the tournament as the defending champions having won the tournament in 2020, with the 2021 edition cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.