Having already represented India at the Under-14, Under-19 and 19 levels, the promising midfielder can also operate as a winger.

In an interview, we asked Iswarya about her affection for football, her plans for the future and how she finds the time to balance all of lifes priorities.

To start off, tell us a bit about your early years. What got you started playing football?

My passion for football started at a very young age, thanks to my school St.Mary’s Hr.Sec.School, Salem. I used to attend every match our school used to play, and then one day, I decided to give it a try.

From there onwards, I have developed huge passion for the game and started playing football regularly. When I was studying 8th, my dedication to football got big, my coaches Dominic Claramary and Samuel was very much supportive in the process till now which helped me to learn the sport in a professional manner.

How has women’s football progressed since you first started playing and how do you think it can improve further?

Actually, I think women’s football still a developing sport, still struggling against prejudices in the world, not just the football itself, but the women’s sport, where the marketing companies as well as much of the public. But I think women’s football have the ability to profit in India, since they have designs for medium and a long term.

What you think about Sethu FC’s chances of winning the IWL this season?

I think we just have to take each game as if comes but I think it is always encouraging that we have played some practice game before the IWL starts and as a team we know are strong enough to compete against all the odds and hopefully we can win the title at the end of the season.

How’s the practice session going so far?

I love this team and all the girls here are really close, there is a fantastic team unity and bond here so it’s fantastic to be in the position I now am.

The girls are looking sharp and I’m loving being back part of the team. I think the noticeable differences so far would have to be the number of people coming to the games, hopefully that will continue. We want to win the title this season, that is what keeps us hungry and motivated.

Are there any players in your opponent’s clubs that you found difficult to play against?

I think as a player myself I have always focused on my own game and not about whoever I am coming up against. I think that is something you have to kind of look passed, and just play better than them but I think I could name a number of players in the IWL at the moment that have progressed and are doing really well.

What are you hoping to achieve this season?

My individual goal for the IWL is to do improve on my performances at the previous IWL. The goals for everyone on the squad need to be to win the title and be a part of the first team to do that for Tamil Nadu. We are well prepared and that is why we can do very well at the tournament. Teamwork is key and so every player is going to be important for us to have success.

The Indian Women’s football team seems to keep growing as well as the popularity of the national side, how much do you notice the changes from inside the game?

Leagues now are much more professional than they were in recent years – players and fans now are serious about the sport and seeing that development is fantastic.

 


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