In the 87 years of the FIFA World Cup history, India hosts the first ever event in October. The under-17 FIFA
World cup was awarded to India and since then a lot of developments have taken place around football in our country.
Indian men’s Football team achieved a sub-zero rank for the first time in over 20 years. If that was not all, the second season of the premier Futsal is under way. These have certainly generated enough interest in the first FIFA tournament scheduled to take place in India.
Here is a roundup of all you would need to know about the stadiums, cities on display and draws for India.
THE CITIES AND THE STADIUMS:
SALT LAKE STADIUM, KOLKATA:
Home of the ISL side Amar Tomar Kolkata, The Salt lake stadium has an irreplaceable place in the Indian Football history. With a capacity of 85,000; it is one of the biggest stadiums in the world.
This will be the biggest venue to be used for the event. In 2015, to make the stadium ready for the World Cup, the astro-turf was replaced by natural grass. The mecca of Football in India has rightly so been awarded the Final of this tournament.
The games to be played at this venue are:
October 8 – 1) Chile vs England /2) Iraq vs Mexico
October 11 – 1) England vs Mexico /2) Chile vs Iraq
October 14 – 1) England vs Iraq /2) Japan vs New Caledonia
October 17 – The round of 16 match between the Group F winner and the runner up of group E
October 22 – Quarterfinal 1
October 28 – Third place match
October 28 – Final
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM, KOCHI:
A stadium that doubles up as the 3rd largest cricket arena in the world is going to host 8 out of 52 games of the tournament. Home of the ISL side, Kerala Blasters, this stadia is renowned for hosting a record attendance for the ISL side.
The stadium has an original capacity of 75,000 but it has been significantly reduced to 41,748. At 128 dB it is the third loudest stadium when it’s a fullhouse.
The games to be played in this stadium are:
October 7 – 1) Brazil vs Spain /2) North Korea vs Niger
October 10 – 1) Spain vs Niger /2) Brazil vs North Korea
October 13 – 1) Spain vs North Korea /2) Guinea vs Germany
October 18 – The round of 16 match between the winner of Group D vs the best third placed team from group B/E/F
October 22 – Quarterfinal 4
DY PATIL STADIUM, NAVI MUMBAI:
One of the most recent stadia to be inaugurated(2008), this cricket cum Football stadium serves as a part home ground for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and The Mumbai City Fc in the ISL.
Stadium’s maximum capacity is 55,000 and this will be the same for the youth event. To ensure the stadium’s ability to hold up to the challenges of a world cup, the Justin Beiber concert, earlier this year, was used a test event.
The DY Patil stadium of Navi Mumbai also holds a very unique world record. It was used to host the “Largest Health Awareness Session”. Dr. Shree Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari held a unified session with 51,861 people in attendance.
The Matches DY Patil arena would host are:
October 6 – 1) New Zealand vs Turkey /2) Paraguay vs Mali
October 9 – 1) Turkey vs Mali /2) New Zealand vs Paraguay
October 12 – 1) Turkey vs Paraguay /2) USA vs Colombia
FATARDO STADIUM, MARGAON:
In the heart of Goa, this is a smaller stadia compared to other one’s on this list. With a seating capacity of 19,000; FC Goa and Churchill Brothers use it as their homeground.
This venue in Goa was used out for the Opening and Closing ceremonies Lusofonia games. Officially called the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, it joins 2 other studies with the same name.
The matches to be played on this venue are:
October 7 – 1) Germany vs Costa Rica /2) Iran vs Guinea
October 10 – 1) Costa Rica vs Guinea /2) Iran vs Germany
October 13 – 1) Costa Rica vs Iran /2) Niger vs Brazil
October 17 – The round of 16 clash between the Group B runner up and its counterpart in Group F
INDIRA GANDHI ATHLETICS STADIUM, GUWAHATI:
This stadium will host the first Semi Final draw. With a capacity of 35,000 this is a multipurpose stadium in the capital of Assam.
In the year 2016 it was used by the NAtional team for a lot of friendlies and the 2016 South Asian games. This grass surface was also used to host the 33rd National Games.
The matches that would be played out her are:
October 8 – 1) New Caledonia vs France /2) Honduras vs Japan
October 11 – 1) France vs Japan /2) Honduras vs New Caledonia
October 14- 1) Japan vs New Caledonia /2) Mexico vs Chile
October 17 – The round of 16 match between the winner of Group E and the Group D runner up
October 21 – Quarterfinal 3
October 25- Semifinal 1
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM, NEW DELHI:
The third stadium on the list to have the same name, JLN stadium in the national capital, is probably the most celebrated stadiums in India.
With a capacity of over 60,000 spectators, this gigantic stadium has hosted the 1982 Asian Games and the more recent CommonWealth Games of 2010.
Team India would be based out of Delhi, at least till the end of the group stages. A multipurpose facility, JLN has to be one of the best venues in the country.
Hosting the Delhi Dynamos for their ISL matches, the natural grass has already been tested.
MATCHES TO BE HELD IN DELHI ARE:
October 6 – 1) Colombia vs Ghana /2) India vs the USA
October 9 – 1) Ghana vs the USA’ /2) India vs Colombia
October 12- 1) Ghana vs India /2) Colombia vs the USA
3) Mali vs New Zealand
October 16 – The round of 16 match between the runner up of Group A and the runner up of Group C