The Indian football team on Monday announced their decision to part ways with head coach Igor Stimac. Stimac leaves after a five-period tenure, having taken charge of the national team in 2019.

The decision was taken after senior officials of the All India Football Federation held a virtual meeting on 16th June 2024. 

“Noting the disappointing outcome of the Senior Men’s National Team's FIFA World Cup 2026 qualification campaign, the members unanimously agreed that a new Head Coach would be best placed to take the team forward,” the AIFF said in a statement.

Stimac's final match in charge was a World Cup qualifier against Qatar in Doha earlier this month, where India suffered a 2-1 defeat. This result led to the Blue Tigers exiting the qualifiers in the second round, finishing third in their group behind Qatar and Kuwait.

Stimac won four titles during his time with India including two SAFF Championship trophies, one Tri-Nation Series and one Intercontinental Cup.