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India to host Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017

Dec 6, 2013 10:01 IST

FIFA World Cup in 2017India was chosen as the host country for Under-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017 by the FIFA executive committee in its meeting at Salvador de Bahia in Brazil on 5 December 2013.

By virtue of being the host country, India will take part in the 24-nation tournament for the first time in its history. This will be the biggest ever football tournament in the country as this is the first FIFA event in the country's history.

The tournament comprises 24 teams and it will be held in six cities across India Including New Delhi. The Union cabinet has sanctioned the 125 crore rupees for infrastructure development.

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Ireland and South Africa were the other bidders of the 2017 edition. Unlike the senior men’s and women’s world cups which are held every four years, Under 17 world cup conducted every two years.

The Under 17 world cup started in 1985 with China hosting the first edition. Saudi Arabia is the only Asian country to have won this tournament in 1989. Japan, South Korea and the UAE are the other Asian countries to have hosted this tournament

India has hosted Asian Football Confederation's Youth Championships (Under-20) in 2006 and then the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 but never has hosted any FIFA tournament. United Arab Emirates hosted the tournament this year while Chile will be the host country for the 2015 edition.

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