The biggest footballing event on the Indian soil is knocking on the door. The stage is set for the draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 to take place on July 7, 2017, at the Hotel Sahara Star located in Mumbai. Kanu and Esteban Cambiasso will be attending the event alongside Sunil Chhetri. And before that, we take a dive deep into the event to bring to the fore all the nitty-gritty of the tournament which is going to kick-off in the month of October.
The upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 is going to be the seventeenth installment of the tournament. Initially, the tournament used to be an under-16 one but the rules have been changed in 2007. And it has become a tournament for the under-17 players. The first edition of the tournament was held in China 32 years back and since then every two years, FIFA has hosted it in different countries across the world.
Among the 16 editions of the tournament, it is Nigeria who holds the record for the most number of titles. They have got 5 FIFA U-17 World Cup titles in their kitty. In the close second, there is Brazil with 3 trophies in their bag. Ghana and Mexico have won the tournament twice. Saudi Arabia, Soviet Union, France, and Switzerland have managed to get hands on the trophy for once. Nigeria is the defending champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 but has failed to qualify for this edition of the tournament.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be held in India across 6 cities which include Kolkata, New Delhi, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, and Margao. And here is a glimpse of the stadiums and their whereabouts.
The Salt Lake Stadium is the biggest one in India and it has taken special care of before the commencement of the first event organized by FIFA gets staged. The revamped stadium now holds the capacity of hosting an 85,000-strong crowd. The final of the tournament is going to take place at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan (the other name of Salt Lake Stadium) in Kolkata.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is one of the most popular stadiums in India for it has a big history. The 2010 Commonwealth Games which organized by India took place in this stadium. The stadium capacity is 60,000 which makes it one of the bigger stadiums in the country. India will be playing their matches in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in this stadium.
The DY Patil Stadium is situated at a distance from the heart of the city of Mumbai. The stadium has been primarily built for hosting cricket matches. But since the Indian Super League has come into being, it has been put to use as a football ground. With a capacity of 56,000, it is one of the best stadiums in India in terms of facilities.
One of the most popular stadiums in the southern part of India, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi holds the capacity of housing as many as 41,000 spectators inside it. The stadium has its popularity among the fans for being one of the noisiest stadiums in the country and the structure of the stadium has a lot to do with that.
The hub of North-East football, the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati is one of the most picturesque stadiums in the country. Although it is not one of the bigger stadiums, still the home crowd could noisy like anything. The capacity of the stadium is 25,000.
One of the smaller stadiums in the country, the Fatorda Stadium in the city of Margao in Goa boasts of nurturing a number of talented footballers from the state. It has the capacity of 19,000 but the spectators here are really enthusiastic about the game which rather makes up for the lack of number spectators compared to the other stadiums hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|India (Group A)||Spain||Costa Rica||Chile|
|France||United States||Colombia||New Caledonia|
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will kick off on October 6, 2017, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. The tournament will go on for 3 weeks. The final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be played at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata in front of a packed stadium (that is one of least expectations). The draw will make sure who is playing where and which teams will be getting which groups. Only India has been assigned a place in Group A as the host of the tournament. For further updates related to this mega footballing event stay tuned.