- All India Football Federation confirmed on Friday that India will be hosting the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020.
- The last time India played in a World Cup was the U-17 Men's World Cup.
- The women from Spain will put their title on defence when India play hosts to the biennial showpiece.
India has been confirmed as the hosts of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020, All India Football Federation’s twitter handle announced on Friday. Ever since India hosted the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017, they were in talks to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup as well and they were confirmed as hosts on Friday.
The decision to award the rights to India was taken at the FIFA council meeting in Miami. In the meeting, members of FIFA’s strategic and decision-making body voted on a number of agenda items that will shape the future of international competitions.
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 15, 2019
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India at FIFA U-17 World Cup
The women from Spain will put their title on defence when India play hosts to the biennial showpiece. Spain defeated Mexico in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay 2018 to lift the prestigious title while New Zealand and Canada finished third and fourth respectively.
The development comes after India played hosts to FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup. Javier Ceppi, the then U-17 men’s World Cup tournament director congratulated India after the development with a tweet saying, “amazing news for India and the women’s game”.
— FIFA Women’s World Cup 🇫🇷 (@FIFAWWC) March 15, 2019
By virtue of being the hosts, India’s U-17 women’s football team will be part of the World Cup. This will be only the second time that India will play in a FIFA World Cup.
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U-17 Men’s FIFA World Cup 2017
India had hosted the U-17 World Cup in 2017 successfully and all of the national team’s games were held in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where they had an average attendance of 50,000.
The India men’s team were knocked out in the group stages of the U-17 Men’s World Cup with their only goal in the marquee tournament coming against Colombia.
England went to seal the U-17 World Cup in India, 2017 with Spain finishing as the runners-up.
When India host the U-17 Women’s World Cup next year, Spain will be defending their title. In the 2018 edition of the event, Spain had defeated Mexico in the final to lift the title.
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