Kochi becomes first Indian city to host FIFA U-17 World Cup

Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be the first venue in India to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Created On: Oct 20, 2016 08:21 ISTModified On: Oct 20, 2016 11:50 IST

FIFA-U-17-World-Cup Kochi on 19 October 2016 became the first Indian city to be officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The tournament will be hosted in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium of the city.

A 23-member high-level delegation comprising experts from FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) ratified Kochi as the venue for next year's mega event. Earlier, the delegation visited the Jawarharlal Nehru International Stadium.

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With this, the event also became the first FIFA event to be held in the subcontinent.

Tournament Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi said that besides Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the team also visited the prospective training grounds in Kochi -- Parade Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Football Ground, Maharajas College Ground and Government Boys High School Panampilly Nagar. 

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will be held in India. This will be first time that the planet’s second most populous country will host a FIFA event. Till date, India has successfully hosted a wide range of sporting events like from the Asian Games to the Commonwealth Games and world championships in sports like cricket and field hockey.

The tournament is slated to be held from September to October 2017.

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India in Football

• Indian football team took part on the 1948 London Olympics, their first major international tournament.

• The nation qualified regularly for the Olympics until 1960.

• The 1956 Melbourne Olympics saw the national football team finish a very respectable fourth.

• The main success for Indian football came in that era with gold medals at the Asian Games in New Delhi 1951 and Jakarta in 1962.

• India was invited to participate in the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Currently, football is one of the most followed sports in India and is only behind cricket in terms of reputation and popularity. This has been the result of a series of initiatives and investments in the future of the sport.

History of Football in India

India has been playing football since 19th century. India’s oldest and surviving clubs namely, Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan, were formed just three decades after the first club in the world, Sheffield FC, was established. Indeed, India’s Durand Cup is the world’s third oldest football competition.

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