India is advancing football infrastructure before the Women’s U17 FIFA World Cup. After many hiccups in the recent past, India is now hopeful of successfully organising the U17 FIFA World Cup event. India were initially appointed as hosts of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on 15 March 2019. On November 17, 2020, FIFA confirmed that the 2020 edition of the tournament would be canceled because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Instead, India was picked as the hosts of the next edition of the event in 2022.
On 16 August 2022, it was revealed that the All India Football Federation, or AIFF, was suspended by FIFA owing to improper influence from third parties. While a consequence, the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was taken from India, as FIFA examined the following steps when it comes to hosting the event. On 26 August 2022, the AIFF were restored by FIFA owing to the AIFF administration regaining control of everyday business. As a consequence, the competition will be going forwards as scheduled.
India Advancing football infrastructure before Women’s U17 Fifa World Cup
Sports Minister Govind Gaude stated that FIFA has begun works for laying of Hybrid Pitch at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium as preparation for U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Gaude visited the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, to assess the venue’s preparation ahead of the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be hosted next month.
“FIFA has commenced work for laying of Hybrid Pitch at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in preparation for U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be played on comparable turf,” remarked Gaude during the inspection.
He further claimed that this is the first ever ‘hybrid pitch’ of FIFA standards constructed at any sports facility in India and is laid by FIFA for Goa without any expense incurred by the state.
“The crew from Holland has come and will lay the hybrid pitch in Goa. They are working with the local curator to ensure that the pitch is prepped in the greatest manner possible, the hybrid pitch was placed, and the works will be done within 10 days,” he said.
“For the first in India in football, and its durability will be 10 years. We want to have a really excellent World Cup in Goa. The State is hosting a worldwide football tournament for the second time after hosting the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017,” he added.
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 will be the seventh edition of the competition in which 16 nations, including India, will play.The AIFF has recommended hosting of the tournament matches at three locations – Bhubaneshwar, Navi Mumbai and Goa.
Locations in India where FIFA Under-17 Men’s World Cup-2017 was hosted
The host cities and stadiums for the FIFA Under-17 Men’s World Cup 2022
|Kalinga Stadium||Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium||DY Patil Stadium|
|Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 19,000||Capacity: 55,000|