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15 Things You Should Know About The U-17 FIFA World Cup To Be Held In India

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It’s just a few months before football takes over India as they are set to host the U-17 World Cup. It is the first major football tournament that India will host.

With the tournament just around the corner we bring to you the 15 facts that you should know about the tournament:


[espl_heading size=”14″]A total of 52 games will be played to decide the winner of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.[/espl_heading]

U-17 World Cup Trophy travels the World



[espl_heading size=”14″] The competition will be played in 6 different venues in India. Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi and Guwahati being the destinations.[/espl_heading]

Indira Gandhi Stadium, Guwahati



[espl_heading size=”14″] There will be no extra-time in case a winner is not determined inside 90 minutes in the knockout games. In such a case, a penalty shootout follows the end of normal time.[/espl_heading]

No Extra Time, means less football to watch :/



[espl_heading size=”14″] Nigeria are the defending champion, having beaten Mali 2-0 in the final of the 2015 edition which was held in Chile. But Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2017 event and will not be able to defend their trophy.[/espl_heading]

Nigeria, 2015 U-17 World Cup Winners



[espl_heading size=”14″] The first edition of the U17 World Cup was held in 1985 in China but back then it was called the U16 World Championship. However, FIFA decided to raise the age bar to 17 in 1991 and it has been called the FIFA U17 World Cup ever since.[/espl_heading]

Scotland win the U-16 World Cup 1989



[espl_heading size=”14″] Football fanatics will arguably be excited to know that the first phase of ticket sales will see the World Cup pass being sold for only Rs 48.[/espl_heading]

Whaaaaaaaaa! Just Rs 49



[espl_heading size=”14″] Tickets went out on sale on May 16, exactly at 19:11 pm. The time 19:11 signifies the year 1911 when India’s football giants Mohun Bagan became the first-ever club from the country to beat the English side, East Yorkshire Regiment 21, to win the IFA Shield.[/espl_heading]

Mohun Bagan 1911 IFA Shield Victory



[espl_heading size=”14″] Kolkata’s Salt Lake stadium, which has been selected to host the World Cup final, will oversee ten games – the most among all the venues.[/espl_heading]

Salt Lake Stadium to host the U-17 World Cup 2017



[espl_heading size=”14″] World Cup is scheduled to begin on 6 October.[/espl_heading]

Buy all the needful before 6th October, as Football will take over India



[espl_heading size=”14″]Biggest ever football tournament allotted to India.[/espl_heading]

When someone says it’ll be a flop!



[espl_heading size=”14″] The draw for the event will be held on July 7.[/espl_heading]

The draw will take place on July 7th



[espl_heading size=”14″]The cheapest ticket costs Rs 40/- and is not available until after July 7.The latest update from FIFA tells us that Kolkata and Guwahati have sold the most tickets so far (first phase tickets have been sold out on both these venues), with Kochi steadily making progress as well.[/espl_heading]

That’s the size of a ticket



[espl_heading size=”14″] Argentine legend Diego Maradona is set to kick off the football carnival in India during his September 18-19 visit, about a month ahead of the City of Joy’s historic date with FIFA U-17 World Cup Final.[/espl_heading]

Maradona in India



[espl_heading size=”14″] Sony pictures is set to broadcast the U-17 World Cup in India.[/espl_heading]

Sony Pictures Entertainment will telecast the tournament



[espl_heading size=”14″] ‘Kheleo’ the clouded leopard is the official mascot of the tournament.[/espl_heading]

Kheleo the clouded Leopard

Facts you should know

Vibhor Dhamija
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