FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India is the full details of the preparation of India as the host, schedule of the matches and the entire stats and squads of the hosting nation.

The time is here and the largest country in the subcontinent is going to welcome the footballing fraternity at large on 6th of October as India, the land of colours and spices host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. And as evident, the upcoming tournament already looks colourful and spicy, with amazing teams competing with each other head on. While it is an absolutely prestigious phenomenon for Indian sporting panorama, it goes without saying that it will take a humongous amount of zeal and endeavour to make the event a monstrous success. Everyone is waiting for FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India, as this will be the very first time India is hosting a world cup event such as this.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India heading

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India

All the footballing giants around the world will propel the rising stars of their country as they try to rewrite or make new history on Indian soil this year. Here are all the details of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India. Read on to know more.

The Brief History of under 17 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA U-17 World Cup is the biennial international men’s youth football championship participated by the U17 national squads of the member associations of FIFA. It was inspired by the Lion City Cup, created by the Football Association of Singapore in 1977. Following FIFA’s then secretary-general Joe Blatter’s recommendation when he was in Singapore for the 1982 Lion City Cup.

FIFA under 17 World Cup salt lake stadium renovation

FIFA under 17 World Cup

FIFA came up with the FIFA U-16 World Championship as the first edition was staged in 1985 in China, and tournaments have been played regularly every two years since then. It began as a competition for players under the age of 16. But the age limit was raised to 17 from the 1991 edition onwards. The most recent tournament was hosted by Chile and claimed by Nigeria, with the next edition to be hosted by India in 2017.

India – As the Host

India made a sincerely solid stand in acquiring the hosting right. Bids had to be submitted by 15 November 2013. The four countries that had submitted bids to host the tournament are Azerbaijan, India, Ireland, and Uzbekistan. FIFA finally revealed on 5 December 2013 amid a highly glamorous event (as part of their Executive Committee meeting in Salvador, Brazil) that this country would be the proud hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India

India – As the Host

The All India Football Federation or AIFF considered this as an important step towards building the sport in India. “We are proud to host the third most coveted international football tournament in the world and the biggest ever in Indian history,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said and we quote, “This is a matter of national pride as we help create world-class infrastructure, bring in professional planning and execution and deliver the best possible tournament to India’s football lovers. We see this as the onset of a ‘Football Revolution’ in India.”

The hosting venues for the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India

Group A

Date and time Team 1 Match number Team 2 Venue
6 October 2017
17:00
Colombia 1  Ghana Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
6 October 2017
20:00
India 2 United States Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
9 October 2017
17:00
Ghana 13 United States Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
9 October 2017
20:00
India 14 Colombia Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
12 October 2017
20:00
Ghana 25 India Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
12 October 2017
20:00
United States 26 Colombia DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Group B

Date and time Team 1 Match number Team 2 Venue
6 October 2017
17:00
 New Zealand 3 Turkey DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
6 October 2017
20:00
Paraguay 4 Mali DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
9 October 2017
17:00
Turkey 15 Mali DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
9 October 2017
20:00
Paraguay 16 New Zealand DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
12 October 2017
17:00
Turkey 28 Paraguay DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
12 October 2017
17:00
Mali 27 New Zealand Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

Group C

Date and time Team 1 Match number Team 2 Venue
7 October 2017
17:00
Germany 5 Costa Rica Fatorda Stadium, Margao
7 October 2017
20:00
Iran 6 Guinea Fatorda Stadium, Margao
10 October 2017
17:00
Costa Rica 17 Guinea Fatorda Stadium, Margao
10 October 2017
20:00
Iran 18 Germany Fatorda Stadium, Margao
13 October 2017
17:00
Costa Rica 29 Iran Fatorda Stadium, Margao
13 October 2017
17:00
Guinea 30 Germany Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi

Group D

Date and time Team 1 Match number Team 2 Venue
7 October 2017
17:00
Brazil 7 Spain Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
7 October 2017
20:00
North Korea 8 Niger Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
10 October 2017
17:00
Spain 19 Niger Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
10 October 2017
20:00
North Korea 20 Brazil Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
13 October 2017
20:00
Spain 32 North Korea Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
13 October 2017
20:00
Niger 31 Brazil Fatorda Stadium, Margao

Group E

Date and time Team 1 Match number Team 2 Venue
8 October 2017
17:00
New Caledonia 9 France Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
8 October 2017
20:00
Honduras 10 Japan Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
11 October 2017
17:00
France 21 Japan Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
11 October 2017
20:00
Honduras 22 New Caledonia Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
14 October 2017
17:00
France 33 Honduras Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
14 October 2017
17:00
Japan 34 New Caledonia Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Group F

Date and time Team 1 Match number Team 2 Venue
8 October 2017
17:00
 Chile 11 England Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
8 October 2017
20:00
Iraq 12 Mexico Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
11 October 2017
17:00
England 23 Mexico Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
11 October 2017
20:00
Iraq 24 Chile Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
14 October 2017
20:00
England 36 Iraq Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
14 October 2017
20:00
Mexico 35 Chile Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati

Round of 16

16 October 2017
17:00
Runner-up Group A Match number 37 Runner-up Group C Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
16 October 2017
20:00
Winner Group B Match number 38 Third Group A / C / D Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
17 October 2017
17:00
Winner Group C Match number 39 Third Group A / B / F Fatorda Stadium, Margao
17 October 2017
17:00
Winner Group E Match number 40 Runner-up Group D Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
17 October 2017
20:00
Winner Group F Match number 41 Runner-up Group E Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata
17 October 2017
20:00
Runner-up Group B Match number 43 Runner-up Group F Fatorda Stadium, Margao
18 October 2017
17:00
Winner Group A Match number 42 Third Group C / D / E DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
18 October 2017
20:00
Winner Group D Match number 44 Third Group B / E / F Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi

Quarter-finals

21 October 2017
17:00
Winner Match 43 Match number 48 Winner Match 42 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
21 October 2017
20:00
Winner Match 38 Match number 45 Winner Match 41 Fatorda Stadium, Margao
22 October 2017
17:00
Winner Match 40 Match number 47 Winner Match 39 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
22 October 2017
20:00
Winner Match 37 Match number 46 Winner Match 44 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Semi Finals

25 October 2017
17:00
Winner Match 46 Match number 49 Winner Match 45 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
25 October 2017
20:00
Winner Match 48 Match number 50 Winner Match 47 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Third place match

28 October 2017
17:00
Loser Match 49 Match number 51 Loser Match 50 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Final Match

28 October 2017
20:00
Winner Match 49 Match number 52 Winner Match 50 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

The FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India – Indian team

The FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India - Indian team

The FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India – Indian team

Coach – Luís Norton de Matos

The 63-year-old veteran was appointed in February 2017 after Nicolai Adam was sacked following numerous disappointing results. Matos is a former SL Benfica ‘B’ coach who was absolutely instrumental in the development of emerging stars such as Renato Sanches, Goncalo Guedes as well as latest Manchester United signing Victor Lindelof during his stint at Seixal, Portugal. The entire Indian team members who will be playing in the tournament are listed below.

Number Name Age State Caps (goals)
Goalkeepers
1 Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem 4 July 2000 (age 17)  Manipur 13 (0)
20 Prabhsukhan Singh Gill 22 January 2001 (age 16)  Punjab 5 (0)
21 Mohammad Nawaz 21 January 2000 (age 17)  Manipur 10 (0)
22 Tamal Naskar 30 January 2000 (age 17)  West Bengal 5 (0)
Defenders
2 Boris Singh Thangjam 3 January 2000 (age 17)  Manipur 26 (3)
4 Anwar Ali 1 January 2000 (age 17)  Punjab 2 (0)
5 Sanjeev Stalin 17 January 2001 (age 16)  Karnataka 25 (3)
12 Mohammed Rakip 14 May 2000 (age 17)  Manipur 22 (0)
14 Jitendra Singh 13 June 2001 (age 16)  West Bengal 26 (0)
16 Narender Gahlot 24 April 2000 (age 17)  Delhi 3 (0)
23 Hendry Antonay 24 June 2000 (age 17)  Karnataka 2 (0)
27 Namit Deshpande 9 June 2000 (age 17)  Maharashtra 1 (0)
30 Mohammed Sarif Khan 10 March 2000 (age 17)  Manipur 17 (0)
Midfielders
6 Suresh Singh Wangjam (Capt.) 7 August 2000 (age 16)  Manipur 27 (6)
7 Khumanthem Ninthoinganba Meetei 13 July 2001 (age 15)  Manipur 22 (0)
8 Amarjit Singh Kiyam 6 January 2001 (age 16)  Manipur 27 (1)
10 Komal Thatal 18 September 2000 (age 16)  Sikkim 27 (8)
13 Lalengmawia 17 October 2000 (age 16)  Mizoram 12 (0)
15 Saurabh Meher 12 January 2000 (age 17)  Maharashtra 5 (3)
Forwards
9 Aman Chetri 26 July 2001 (age 15)  Assam 16 (3)
11 Aniket Anil Jhadav 13 July 2000 (age 16)  Maharashtra 24 (1)
17 Abhijit Sarkar 5 January 2000 (age 17)  West Bengal 17 (7)
18 Rahul Kannoly Praveen 16 March 2000 (age 17)  Kerala 3 (0)
25 Shubham Sarangi 24 June 2000 (age 17)  New Delhi 7 (0)
31 Nongdamba Naorem 1 January 2000 (age 17)  Manipur 1 (0)

The Key Athletes among the Indian Side

Aniket Jadhav arrived at the footballing scene when he was a 14-year-old and went to have represented India in the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup in 2014.

Anwar Ali had joined the squad in April 2017 after he drew Matos’ attention when his Minerva Academy defeated the national team 1-0 in the month of March. A solid presence at the back, Anwar was first called up during Adam’s tenure but unfortunately failed to make the cut initially. All of them are key players for FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India.

The FIFA trophy

FIFA Under 17 World Cup trophy

Finally, let’s get a couple of things out of the way. First, there can be absolutely no denying that those looking after the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India deserve due credit for their work since they won the bid back in December 2013. There has been a sprucing up of associated venues, with lots of debate and thought to go into finalising the six cities that will be the proud host for the 52 matches. There is also no point in gossiping about the chances of a team that might not have made it to this stage had they not been the hosts.

FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 India has not yet begun. But as the matches start and progress, their updates will be given right here. Keep an eye out for this space to keep yourself updated with the latest FIFA news.