India loses to Poland in U-20 World Cup bid

Last year, India had hosted the U-17 World Cup between October 6-28; its maiden appearance at a FIFA event.

India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

Poland and Peru have been designated as host of FIFA U-20 and FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019 respectively. India too had put in an official bid to host the U-20 World Cup but lost out to its European counterpart.

Last year, India had hosted the U-17 World Cup between October 6-28; its maiden appearance at a FIFA event. AIFF president Praful Patel had earlier expressed his willingness to push India's bid to host the Under-20 World Cup.

“I will try to make good use of the goodwill in my and India’s command when I address the FIFA council where I have been invited,” Patel had said then.