Australian football is a relatively new sport in India, with the game only recently gaining a foothold.

But the foundation was laid in November 2000 when former Melbourne player and Victorian politician Brian Dixon, secretary General of the Asiana Sport for All Association, approached the promoter of India's traditional game, Kabaddi.

Two-and-a-half years later, Dixon finally convinced the Indians that footy had a future there and the Minister of Sports, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata University and the YMCA jumped on board.

Today the game also has a registered board in the state of Kerala and has some presence in the state of Maharashtra.

India fielded its first national side to compete in the 2008 International Cup. Most players had been playing the game for less than 12 months.

India Tigers at IC11

Placing: 16India Tigers IC11 guernsey

After finishing sixteenth in IC08, The Tigers returned looking to gain experience and learn more about the game itself.

This time round they definitely showed progress. The Tigers ended the games on a high note defeating Timor-Leste at the Western Oval by 7 points and finishing a respectable fourth place on the Division 2 ladder. 

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