FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup: Guwahati to host opener, final in Mumbai

The first game of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be held at Guwahati's Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium on November 2, the AIFF announced on Tuesday.


Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju with Sarai Bareman, Chief Women's Football Officer of FIFA, Praful Patel, AIFF president and Roberto Grassi, Head of Youth Tournaments of FIFA, during the slogan launch of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Delhi on Tuesday.   -  SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

India will have the privilege of an extra venue to the traditional four when it hosts the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup from November 2 to 21. Making the announcement here on Tuesday, FIFA Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman said, “It's a massive step forward for the game in India.”

Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai will be the venues for the event. “There is unlimited potential for football to grow in India. There is amazing passion too. We have picked venues that offer best logistics and sporting facilities and the platform for the players to perform,” said Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. He thanked FIFA for allowing India to add an extra venue.

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All five venues:

-- Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium: Guwahati

-- DY Patil Stadium: Navi Mumbai

-- Salt Lake Stadium: Kolkata 

-- TransStadia Stadium: Ahmedabad

-- Kalinga Stadium: Bhubaneswar

Key dates:

-- Opening match – November 2

-- Quarterfinal – November 12 and 13

-- Semifinal – November 17

--3rd/4th place play-off & Final – November 21

Speaking on the occasion, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel, who is also a member of the FIFA Council, said, “India has proved in 2017 (FIFA U-17 Men's World Cup) that it can be a great host. We had done a professional job. This event will be a great impetus to Indian football and also prove that gender equality is here to stay.”

Patel added, “We want football to grow outside of the traditional area. North-east has become the epicentre of the game in the country and we are happy to add new venues to the football map. We look forward to bring the Under-20 and Club World Cup tournaments to in the near future. There is inspiration from the 3-3 draw our girls team forced against Romania (on Monday).”

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Applauding the Indian girls' effort, Bareman said, “It's an incredible result against an European team. There are few countries with professional leagues for women. Women are not paid to play football. India should look at the positives from the under-17 women's tournament. The tournament slogan, Kick Off The Dream, perfectly captures the aspirational and empowering message for the tournament as we look to grow women's football.”

Rijiju promised to take the movement forward by maintaining the trend set by Khelo India women's league. “Every school and college should have a women's team.”

The final of the tournament will be held at Navi Mumbai.

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