Women's football: India U-17 to take on Hong Kong U-25

India will play the higher age category team as part of its preparations for the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup next year.

Indian U-17 team is on an exposure trip to Hong Kong as part of the World Cup preparations.   -  AIFF

The India U-17 women’s team will play against host Hong Kong's U-23  side on Friday as part of its preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year.

Hong Kong is currently ranked 76th according to the latest FIFA rankings.

India U-17 head coach Alex Ambrose stressed that playing against teams that are of a higher age category would help assess the performance.

"This match will definitely help us identify where and how we can improve. It's always helpful playing against such quality sides," Ambrose said.

"It's always tough playing against older players but it's important to challenge ourselves against such matured sides. It'll help the girls prepare themselves to deal with tougher situations. We should be playing against these type of opponents at times to tune in our preparation."

The Indian squad has been training at the Hong Kong FA Training Centre and the former India international lauded the facilities provided to the team. "The training facilities are excellent and we have no complaints about them,” the 37-year-old coach said.

The U-17 team will then play three more matches against Taipo, Citizen and Hong Kong U-18 Women's National Team respectively during the exposure trip. 

"The girls have been responding well and our training regime has been going according to the plan in the last four days since we reached Hong Kong. Now, we're looking forward to tomorrow's match and hopefully, we'll get off to a positive start," Ambrose said.