Friday, July 7, 2017

India to face USA in the FIFA U-17 World Cup opener

Host India are grouped alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana and will play all their games at New Delhi as per the official draw conducted in Mumbai on Friday evening

It will be India’s first FIFA event both as a organiser and Participant across all age groups. Numbered as A1, India are slated to play all their home matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi against USA (A2) Colombia (A3) and Ghana (A4) that make up Group A.

The Luis Norton de Matos coached side will open their campaign against USA on the opening day of the tournament on 6th October, this will then be followed by a game against Colombia and Ghana on 9th and 12th October respectively.

Earlier stated to play all their games at D.Y. Patil stadium, Navi Mumbai, FIFA then changed it to National capital New Delhi on the behest of Indian government, which hasn’t gone down well with most football fans of India. D.Y. Patil now host group B teams i.e. Mali, New Zealand, Paraguay and Turkey.

One of the favourites for the tournament, Brazil, have been drawn in Group D alongside Spain, North Korea and Niger while Germany are placed in group C alongside Costa Rica, Iran and Guinea. England are placed in Group F against Iraq, Mexico and Chile while in Group E it is France, Japan Honduras and New Caledonia.

The 24 participating teams have been divided into six groups of four. The top two teams from each group and the next four best 3rd placed team’s progress to the round of 16 knock-out games.

Group A: India, USA, Colombia and Ghana Venue: New Delhi

Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey Venue: Navi Mumbai

Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany and Costa Rica Venue:  Goa

Group D: North Korea, Niger, Brazil and Spain Venue: Kochi

Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia and France Venue: Guwahati

Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile and England Venue: Kolkata

Official Draw

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