Born in a village in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, Naveen Kumar gained recognition after playing for JCT. Kumar represented Churchill Brothers in the 2017 Hero I-League, where he acquitted himself well and played under FC Goa’s current technical director Derrick Pereira. He managed three clean sheets in nine appearances. He rose to fame in his first season for FC Goa in Hero ISL 2017-18, when FC Goa were struggling defensively. This will be his debut season with the Kerala Blasters.