FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: Five cities inspected for 2020 event

The cities of Kolkata, Goa, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai have been inspected by FIFA as potential venues for the U-17 Women's World Cup next year.

FIFA U17 Women's World Cup tournament director, Roma Khanna, said, "there is a lot of interest from other cities as well" apart from the five potential venues.   -  Special Arrangement

FIFA, the world governing body for football, has inspected five cities which are likely to host matches of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held in India next year.

Kolkata, Goa, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai are cities which have undergone inspection.

Earlier in August, Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium was named as a provisional venue.

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“As of now we have visited and inspected five host cities that include Kolkata, Bhuvaneshwar, Ahmedabad, Goa and Navi Mumbai. These were the cities that we had inspected (however) there is a lot of interest from other cities as well,” tournament director Roma Khanna said.

According to Khanna, the tournament window for the global event would also be known within the coming months.

“Last month we confirmed Bhubaneswar as one of the provincial venues for the World Cup. We have three more venues that we will be confirming in the coming months. In the next few months, the tournament window would also be known,” she added.

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She said the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the event will give a provisional confirmation to the host city, which will be later ratified by FIFA.

“We have not yet confirmed (the other cities yet). In case of Bhubaneswar, we have worked out on what was needed to be done and once we were confirmed with delivery and timelines, we confirmed Bhubaneswar as the venue.

“It is a similar exercise that we will be going through with each of the other host cities and (when) we are comfortable with that (them), we will give them provisional confirmation and then they will be confirmed by (FIFA),” she explained.

According to Khanna, there will be “another FIFA inspection where, and second round of assessment will be done by the end of this year“.