The Indian senior men's team will participate in the 49th King's Cup 2023 to be held in Thailand from September 7-10. Hosts Thailand, Iraq, and Lebanon are the other three teams in the four-nation tournament, which will be held in a knockout format. The semi-finals will take place on 7 September, with the third-place match and the final on 10 September.
Igor Štimac's team last participated in the King's Cup in 2019, where they finished third. After losing 1–3 to Curaçao in the semi-finals, the Blue Tigers defeated Thailand 1–0 to win the bronze medal. This will be the fourth time India will be participating in the tournament since 1977, 1981, and 2019. India, Thailand, Iraq, and Lebanon are the four teams that will participate this year.
King's Cup is an annual tournament, which was founded in 1968. Hosts Thailand are the most successful side in the competition with 15 titles to their name, whereas Tajikistan are the reigning champions after they won the cup in 2022 by defeating Malaysia on penalties.
The King's Cup follows a simple format as only four teams participate. Each team plays a match against one of the other teams based on the draws. The winning teams then proceed to the final, whereas the losing teams get to prove themselves in the third-place match. A maximum of five substitutions are allowed, and teams move directly to penalties in case of a draw after 90 minutes of play.
All the details of the 49th King's Cup are given below.
The King's Cup 2023 will take place from September 7 to September 10.
All the matches will take place at the 700th Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The live telecast of the tournament will be broadcast on Eurosport in India.
The tournament will stream live on FIFA+ TV in India.