As the first Indian woman footballer to be signed to one of the top English football clubs, Aditi is paving the way for others to excel at the game and follow in her footsteps.
West Ham United said that Aditi was a late addition to the team during the pre-season. West Ham Ladies are playing in the Football Association’s Women’s Premier League Southern Division. She had recently represented the Indian under-19 women’s national team in Malaysia at the AFC qualifiers.
In 2013, Chauhan played for India in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup. The team went on to win and her contribution to the game was noted. She had participated in the trials for the under-19 team in Delhi after her school coach suggested she do so. The goalkeeper went on to play for India at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
West Ham Ladies tweeted: “Great news for Indian football! West Ham have signed Indian int’l goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan for their ladies team.”
There has been much support on Twitter. Chauhan responded as follows: “Thank you all for the overwhelming response and wishes. I will work hard to make this opportunity count.”
Indian football is now receiving more focus at home and abroad. Recently, Gupreet Singh Sandhu, the Indian men’s goalkeeper, was signed for Norway’s first division football.
In 1936, Mohammed Salim played football for the Scottish team Celtic Football Club. From 1999 until 2002, Bhaichung Bhaichung Bhutia played for the Bury Football Club. Chauhan has taken on her role at West Ham Ladies, making her the third Indian passport holder to have been signed by a British football club.