Santiago: FIFA will on Sunday entrust with India the right to host the third-most important event on its calendar the Under-17 World Cup India 2017 at the closing ceremony of the 16th U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) looks upon this as an important step towards building the sport in India. With 24 countries playing 52 matches, the tournament is scheduled to be played across six world-class Fifa certified venues in India.
“We are proud to host the third most coveted international football tournament in the world and the biggest ever in Indian history,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said.
AIFF president Praful Patel said: “This is historic. Hosting a tournament of such stature will help galvanise the face of Indian football among the masses and youth of the country.”