The official draw of FIFA U-17 World Cup was held in Mumbai and 24 teams got placed in six groups. India, as expected, got the A1 position in Group A being the host. The three other teams joining India in Group A are the USA, Ghana and Colombia. India will play their first game against the USA on October 6 in New Delhi to kick-off the tournament. All India matches will be played in the national capital New Delhi. Former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and Nigerian forward Nwankwo Kanu along with Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri and country’s top-ranked badminton player PV Sindhu were present at the official draw.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 Draw: As it happened
* Group A: India, USA, Colombia and Ghana, Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey; Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany and Costa Rica; Group D: DPR Korea, Niger, Brazil, Spain; Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France; Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England
* We have the complete schedule of the World Cup. All the teams now know their opponents.
* Ghana complete Group A. They join India, Colombia and USA in the group. We have the first complete group
India’s schedule for #FIFAU17WC
vs USA (Oct 6, 8pm)
vs Colombia (Oct 9, 8pm)
vs Ghana (Oct 12, 8pm)
All matches at JLN Stadium, Delhi
— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) 7 July 2017
* USA take the second position, A2, in Group A. India will play their first game against the USA on October 6 in New Delhi
* India are in Group A and take the position A1. Other teams are Maldives in Group B and take the B2 position
* 24 teams have been drawn in four pots and the draw will start now! Sunil and Sindhu will begin the draw
* Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu on stage now. We are building up to the draw. Sunil Chhetri now walks to the stage as well
* President of AIFF Praful Patel says that it is pleasure to host the event and India will like to qualify for the World Cup as well.
* Sports Minister Vijay Goel is addressing the gathering in Mumbai. Just a short wait before we get to the draw
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 7, 2017
* AN introduction to India and the six host cities of the tournament. All the stadiums are also been shown to the audience
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) 7 July 2017
* The draw begins in Mumbai. Former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and others are on stage to bring the official match ball
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) 7 July 2017
* The official draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will begin shortly in Mumbai! The fate 24 teams will be decided. India will hope to get a good draw. The tournament is scheduled to be played between October 6-28