It's not all rosy in Indian football these days. With India lying at 163 in the FIFA world rankings, and a dysfunctional league structure not doing it any favours, there aren't too many bright spots in the Indian game at present.
Despite the current state of affairs, India has a rich history in the sport, and in pockets of the country, football is indeed enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Catch, in its first year of existence, featured many stories on the beautiful game. Here is a look at some of the best:
1. Can football herald peace in strife-torn Kashmir?
Football is enjoying a rise in popularity in the valley, thanks to Lonestar Kashmir FC, who play in India's 2nd Division League. Catch wrote about the club's rise and the possibility of football uniting a strife-torn Kashmir.
2. How Tibetan women in exile are using football to fight sexism
Tibetan women refugees living in India are taking up football to find a voice in a typically-conservative Tibetan society. This women's movement has also helped lend a voice to the Tibetan freedom struggle.
3. How Mizoram became one of India's best performing football states
Despite being one of the tiniest states of India, Mizoram has, over the years, managed to emerge as arguably the best-performing province in football in India. Catch took a look at the state's incredible rise in the sport during the last decade.
4. 29 July, 1911: When Indian football came of age
Mohun Bagan's IFA Shield victory in India was a historic moment for not only Indian football, but for India's independence struggle as well. Catch looked back at Bagan's monumental feat, on the 104th anniversary of the event.
5. Remembering Rahim Saab, the man who put India on the world football map
Syed Abdul Rahim is a forgotten name in Indian football. Yet, till this day, he remains the greatest figure to have coached India in the sport. On his 106th birth anniversary, Catch looked back at the life and times of Rahim saab, the man who put India on the world football map.