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2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup: A Curtain Raiser

September 28, 2017

FIFA U-17 World Cup

FIFA Under 17 World Cup will be held in India from October 6 to 28. It will be a big moment for India, as this is the first time that the country is hosting as well as participating in the prestigious FIFA tournament. The tournament, which will be held in six Indian cities, will witness the participation of 24 teams that will be divided in six groups of 4 teams each. The venues for the Under-17 World Cup will be Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi; DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai; Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati; and Fatorda Stadium, Margao. The slogan for the India edition is ‘Football takes over’ and the Official Mascot of the tournament is a clouded leopard called Kheleo.

The teams

The 24 nations competing in the tournament have been divided into six groups. Each group would comprise four teams. The groups are as follows:

Group A: India, United States, Colombia and Ghana.

Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey.

Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany and Costa Rica.

Group D: North Korea, Niger, Brazil and Spain

Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia and France

Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England

India, the host nation, has been placed in Group A along with United States, Colombia and Ghana. Football is a popular game in India and has a huge fan following. So, football fans are expected to throng the stadia’s to witness these exciting matches. With India making a debut, the stadiums will probably be packed to full capacity. It would be great opportunity for Indians to witness some of the budding Football players from different parts of the world. Apart from India, the other two teams that are making their debut in this India edition are Niger and New Caledonia.

Previous Winners of the tournaments

Nigeria is the reigning champion of FIFA Under-17 World Cup. However, the Nigerian team did not qualify for the 2017 India Edition. Nigeria have won the tournament five times (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, and 2015). They are the most successful country, having also finished runners-up three times (1987, 2001, 2009).

Matches featuring India

India will play its first match of the tournament on October 6, 2017. On this day India will face the United States. On October October 9, 2017, India will face Colombia. On October 12, 2017, India will play Ghana.

The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the round of 16. The team placed last in each group will be eliminated from the tournament. The teams placed third in each group will play each other while the top four teams will qualify for the round of 16. The round of 16 will start from October 16, the quarterfinals from October 22, semifinals from October 25 and the final will be on October 28.

Official song

The Official song of the 2017 FIFA under 17 is called “Kar Ke Dikhla De Goal”, which roughly translates as “Show That You Can Score a Goal”.

You can view the video of the same at

http://www.fifa.com/u17worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=enjoy-the-official-song-of-india-2017-2907454.html

The 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup will be an exciting tournament and would provide an opportunity to millions of football lovers from around the country to cheer their team which is making its appearance at a FIFA tournament for the first time.

FIFA U-17 World Cup Venue Map

FIFA U-17 World Cup Venue Map

FIFA Under-17 world Cup 2017 Schedule

Date Day Time Matches Between Groups Venue
6. October 2017 Friday 05:00:00 PM (Match 1) A3 vs. A4 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
08:00:00 PM (Match 2) A1 vs. A2 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
6. October 2017 Friday 05:00:00 PM (Match 3) B3 vs. B4 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
08:00:00 PM (Match 4) B1 vs. B2 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
07 October 2017 Saturday 05:00:00 PM (Match 5) C3 vs. C4 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
08:00:00 PM (Match 6 ) C1 vs. C2 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
07 October 2017 Saturday 05:00:00 PM (Match 7) D3 vs. D4 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
08:00:00 PM (Match 8) D1 vs. D2 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
08 October 2017 Sunday 05:00:00 PM (Match 9) E3 vs. E4 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
08:00:00 PM (Match 10) E1vs. E2 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
08 October 2017 Sunday 05:00:00 PM (Match 11) F3 vs. F4 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
08:00:00 PM (Match 12 ) F1 vs. F2 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
09 October 2017 Monday 05:00:00 PM (Match 13) A4 vs. A2 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
08:00:00 PM (Match 14) A1 vs. A3 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
09 October 2017 Monday 05:00:00 PM (Match 15) B4 vs. B2 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
08:00:00 PM (Match 16) B1 vs. B3 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
10 October 2017 Tuesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 17 ) C4 vs.C2 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
08:00:00 PM (Match 18) C1 vs.C3 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
10 October 2017 Tuesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 19) D4 vs. D2 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
08:00:00 PM (Match 20 ) D1 vs. D3 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
11 October 2017 Wednesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 21 ) E4 vs. E2 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
08:00:00 PM (Match 22) E1 vs. E3 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
11 October 2017 Wednesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 23 ) F4 vs. F2 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata (Yuva Bharati Krirangan)
08:00:00 PM (Match 24 ) F1 vs. F3 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata (Yuva Bharati Krirangan)
12 October 2017 Thursday 05:00:00 PM (Match 27) B2 vs. B3 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
08:00:00 PM (Match 25) A4 vs. A1 DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
12 October 2017 Thursday 05:00:00 PM (Match 28) B4 vs. B1 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
05:00:00 PM (Match 26) A2 vs. A3 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
13 October 2017 Friday 05:00:00 PM (Match 29 ) C4 vs.C1 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
05:00:00 PM (Match 31) D2 vs. D3 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
13 October 2017 Friday 05:00:00 PM (Match 30) C2 vs. C3 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
08:00:00 PM (Match 32) D4 vs. D1 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
14 October 2017 Saturday 05:00:00 PM (Match 33) E4 vs. E1 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
08:00:00 PM (Match 35 ) F2 vs. F3 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
14 October 2017 Saturday 05:00:00 PM (Match 34 ) E2 vs. E3 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
08:00:00 PM (Match 36) F4 vs. F1 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
16 October 2017 Monday 05:00:00 PM (Match 37) Runner-up Group A vs. Runner-up Group C Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
16 October 2017 Monday 08:00:00 PM (Match 38) Winner Group B vs. Third Group A / C / D Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
17 October 2017 Tuesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 39 ) Winner Group C vs. Third Group A / B / F Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
17 October 2017 Tuesday 08:00:00 PM (Match 43) Runner-up Group B vs. Runner-up Group F Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
17 October 2017 Tuesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 40) Winner Group E vs. Runner-up Group D Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
17 October 2017 Tuesday 08:00:00 PM (Match 41) Winner Group F vs. Runner-up Group E Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
18 October 2017 Wednesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 42 ) Winner Group A vs. Third Group C / D / E DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
18 October 2017 Wednesday 08:00:00 PM (Match 44) Winner Group D vs. Third Group B / E / F Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
21 October 2017 Saturday 08:00:00 PM (Match 45 ) Winner Match 38 vs. Winner Match 41 Fatorda Stadium, Margao ( Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa)
21 October 2017 Saturday 05:00:00 PM (Match 48) Winner Match 43 vs.Winner Match 42 Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
22 October 2017 Sunday 05:00:00 PM (Match 47) Winner Match 40 vs. Winner Match 39 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
22 October 2017 Sunday 08:00:00 PM (Match 46) Winner Match 37 vs. Winner Match 44 Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
25 October 2017 Wednesday 08:00:00 PM (Match 50 ) Winner Match 48 vs. Winner Match 47(Semi-finals) DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
25 October 2017 Wednesday 05:00:00 PM (Match 49) Winner Match 46 vs. Winner Match 45 (Semi-finals) Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati
28 October 2017 Saturday 05:00:00 PM (Match 51) Loser Match 49 vs. Loser Match 50 (Third place match) Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan
28 October 2017 Saturday 08:00:00 PM (Match 52 ) Winner Match 49 vs. Winner Match 50 (Final) Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata or Yuva Bharati Krirangan


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