Navi Mumbai to host FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup final
Navi Mumbai will host the final of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup on November 21, the organising committee announced on Tuesday.
Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai will play host to 16 teams who will compete across 32 matches to lift the coveted trophy in Navi Mumbai.
"As India prepares to host yet another FIFA event, I look forward to the support from the whole country in making this tournament a rousing success," Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said. "Our Indian U-17 women's team will be playing in a FIFA tournament for the first time. It is a proud moment for the nation and we will provide all possible support to ensure its success."
The group stage matches will be played in four host cities - Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati and Kolkata.
"As we look to build on the incredible success of last year's FIFA Women's World Cup in France, as well as the legacy left by the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India provides an exciting opportunity, not just for the development of women's football, but for fans across India and worldwide to watch the next superstars of the women's game," Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer, said.
The official slogan - Kick Off The Dream - was also unveiled.
The tournament kicks off on November 2 with the final slated on November 21. The quarterfinals will be played on November 12 and 13 while the semifinals will be held on November 17.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel, who is also the chairman of the local organising committee, said India will next seek to host the U-20 World Cup and the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup.
"The announcement of the match schedule is an important moment on the road to the tournament as we not only know which cities will host what number of matches, but fans too can start saving the dates for this November," he said.
"I am confident that the five host cities will do a wonderful job hosting the best young footballers in this important tournament."
Roberto Grassi, FIFA head of youth tournaments, said that "tournament preparations are underway and approaching their final stages, and we are excited to work closely with the LOC to bring the tournament to life."