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Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 is the detailed inside story of India hosting the world cup, how they got the chance and how are they preparing for it.

This will be the 17th edition of the FIFA U17 World Cup. It will be played among the International men’s youth from 6 different confederations and 24 teams. The Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 are India this time. A humongous country with various sports played and among them, football is played in a copious amount.

Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017

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Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 held in India

Although the country has hosted a large number of sporting events, from Commonwealth Games to Asian Games and World Championships in the field of hockey and cricket, it will be the first time that the world’s 2nd most thronged country will host this global football event. India has been placed in Group A of the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 alongside USA.

Venue India
Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 Venue India

The tournament will be hosted by India between the 6th and 28th of October 2017. The opening matches will be played in New Delhi and the final will be played in Salt Lake Stadium. India is the seventh-largest economy in the world measured by nominal GDP and the third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). A combined democratic state, governed under a parliamentary system comprising 29 states and seven union territories, India is a diverse, multilingual, and a huge secular society with a rich history in the mesmerizing game.

Selection of Hosts

A total number of four countries had to submit the bid by 15 November 2013 to qualify as the Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017. The four countries are as follows:

Azerbaijan
India
Ireland
Uzbekistan

On the 5th of December 2013 as part of the executive committee meeting in Salvador, Brazil, the Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 were selected as India. As a colony of the British Empire, the history of football in India stretches back to the 19th Century. India’s oldest clubs, Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan were formed just three decades after the first club in the world, Sheffield FC. India’s Durand Cup is the world’s third oldest football competition. A year after gaining independence in 1947, the Indian football team took part in the 1948 London Olympics, the country’s first major international tournament, and were invited to participate in the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

matches will be held in India
Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 matches in India

India qualified regularly for the Olympics until 1960. In the Melbourne Olympics of 1956, Indian national football team finished with a decent fourth position. The main success for Indian football came in that era with gold medals at the Asian Games in New Delhi 1951 and Jakarta in 1962. Presently, football is one of the most followed sports in India and is only behind cricket in terms of popularity. This is because of the result of a series of initiatives and investments in the future of the sport.

FIFA U17 Indian Squad
FIFA U17 Indian Squad

AIFF or the All India Football Federation has made a united effort to take Indian football forward by focusing on basics and youth development. It was with that game plan in mind that the AIFF bid to be the hosts of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, which was approved by FIFA. In doing so, it became the first Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 to be held in the subcontinent.

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Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 book tickets

Here is the list of teams qualified for this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 in their respective groups.

Group A: India, USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group D: North Korea, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England

India are reserved to play all their home matches at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana in Group A.The Luis Norton de Matos coached side will open their campaign against USA on the opening day of the tournament on 6th October, they will also be contested against Colombia and Ghana on 9th and 12th October respectively in the capital. The Indian team was first supposed to play all their matches in the DY PATIL Stadium, Navi Mumbai but was later assigned the 58,000 seater stadium in New Delhi at the commandment of the Indian government. Aside from New Delhi and Navi Mumbai, four other venues will host games, they are: Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata with the final in Kolkata on 28th October.

 FIFA U17 Match Committee
FIFA U17 Match Committee

Now with all the six groups ready to play the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 matches hosted in six different cities or venues of New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Goa and Kochi from 6th to 28th of October 2017, it will be a spine chilling tournament to watch. We have covered almost each and every topic that you all should need to know about this tournament. Enjoy reading this article of Provisional Hosts of FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 and do not forget to leave your valuable comments below.

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