Manisha Kalyan is an Indian footballer who came into the limelight in August 2022, after becoming the first Indian football player to play in the UEFA European Womens Championship. The Indian Express.Manisha Kalyans career in football began at the age of thirteen when she was spotted playing football by her Physical Education (PE) teacher Brahmjit Singh, who encouraged her to take football as a professional sport. While giving an interview, Brahmjit Singh said, Manishas footwork was amazing. I convinced the principal to meet her parents. Her father was happy to hear about her talents and permitted me to train her..Manisha Kalyan began practising football after her PE teacher convinced her parents to allow her to play football. She also represented her school at various regional, state, and national-level tournaments.When Manisha was in school, she was selected to be a part of the Border Security Forces (BSF) football team at the Oorja Cup. There, Manishas performance caught the attention of a senior BSF officer, who offered her to play for the Mumbai-based Kankere Football Club. Talking about it, during an interview, she said, When I played Oorja Cup for Border Security Force, an officer asked me whether I could play for Mumbais Kenkre FC in the Indian Womens League (IWL). I said, first I want my familys permission..In 2017, Manisha Kalyan left Kankere Football Club and joined Sethu FC, a Madurai-based football club.Manisha Kalyan represented Sethu Football Club at the 2018 Indian Womens League (IWL), where she played a pivotal role in aiding the Sethu FC to secure a victory over their rivals.In 2018, Manisha Kalyan was drafted into the Indian U-17 football team, and in July 2018, she represented the nation at the BRICS Cup, held in South Africa. There, during a match against the Chinese football team, Manishas performance captured the attention of the Kerala-based football club named Gokulam FC.In the same year, Manisha Kalyan left Sethu Football Club and joined Gokulam FC.Later, in 2018, Manisha Kalyan was drafted into the Indian U-18 football team, where she represented India at the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Womens Championship. In the tournament, the Indian team defeated Bhutan by a margin of 4-0.In October 2018, Manisha Kalyan scored a hattrick against Pakistan in the U-19 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Womens Championship. In the tournament, India scored 18 goals against Pakistan.