FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2020 will 'galvanise' India

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India next year will have an impact on not just women's football but men's too, said FIFA Women’s Football Regional Consultant.

Belinda Wilson, FIFA Women’s Football Regional Consultant.   -  AIFF Media

FIFA Women’s Football Regional Consultant Belinda Wilson said that FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in India next year will galvanise the face of women's football across states in the country.

"The World Cup will have a huge impact in the country, not just on the women's game but also on the men's. You saw what happened when India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, and how much it changed the demographics, and direction.

"I expect the same for the coming World Cup as well. You'll see that the host cities will galvanize from within and the rest of the states will follow," said Wilson.

Wilson added that the women's game has improved in India with investments being made at the senior and youth levels. "Over the last 10 years, there is a level of consistency achieved in regards to involvement in youth and senior competitions. I hope to see more role models come to light, who will inspire future generations," she said.

The Women's World Cup, which took place in France earlier this year, helped enhance a 'huge movement in women's football' according to Wilson. She said, "One should utilize the Women's World Cup that recently took place in France. From a global perspective, it was able to enhance a huge movement in regards to women's football, both on and off the field."

"I think that's the legacy of what a World Cup can achieve. India have the ability to follow suit with the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year. It can galvanize the whole country to do the same and inspire future generations to become a part of the game."

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