During this phase, which will last until October 5, fans will have the opportunity to buy individual tickets to watch the action with a 25 per cent discount. In Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati all available tickets were sold in the first two phases.
Even before the draw took place earlier this month, India’s preparations for the tournament were being closely monitored. In Thursday’s interaction, you could sense the equal measure of optimism and scepticism that the team is facing ahead of the tournament, that begins on October 6.
While Luis Norton De Matos expressed confidence in his team's ability to progress beyond the group stage of the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup, he admitted that the Indian players are facing teams that are vastly more experienced than them in such tournaments.
New Zealand have been drawn in Group B with last year's runners up Mali, Turkey and Paraguay. Mali were runners-up in the 2015 edition of the tournament. Group B matches will be played in Navi Mumbai
Salt Lake stadium will play host to five Group F matches starting with Chile versus England on October 5 at 5 PM. In the knockout stages, it will also host one pre-quarterfinal, the third place playoff and the summit contest.
In a group that boasts teams of World Cup pedigree — USA and Colombia are former semi-finalists while Ghana are two-time champions — India are the novices.
India, given direct entry by virtue of hosting the tournament, are among five Asian countries who will play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 – the others being Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Japan.
India will kick-off their campaign against the USA on October 6 in New Delhi. The second match for India will be against Colombia on October 9 while the third and final group game will be against Ghana on October 12 in the national capital.
FIFA U-17 Football World Cup Draw saw 24 teams getting placed in six groups. India was placed in Group A alongside the USA, Ghana and Colombia and they will play their first match against the USA on October 6 in New Delhi.
Back at the 2015 African Cup of Nations, the Mali teens notched up performances that saw the country win its first ever continental title across age groups.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup draw is certain to attract anxious anticipation from 24 participating nations and the billions who follow football.
Coach of the India U-17 football team Luis Norton de Mato, who was former coach of Benfica reserve side, said that India have made progress in the past three months and working hard on more aspects of the game before the mega event.
Vijay Goel also informed that while the opening ceremony will be held at the National Stadium in Delhi, the closing happening in Kolkata. He also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be requested to come for the inauguration.
The draw will be held on Friday and the officials of participating teams and the host cities would be seen together on one stage. Nwankwo Kanu has previously won the tournament with Nigeria in 1993 whereas Argentine legend Esteban Cambiasso participated in the 1995 edition.
Phase II of ticket sales for FIFA U-17 World Cup will begin on July 7 - the same day that the draw takes place - which will cater to higher ticket prices. This phase will be from July 7-21 and will be exclusively for Visa card holders.
India, by virtue of being hosts, will be placed in Group A. As per the original schedule, the Group A matches were to take place in Navi Mumbai while Delhi was the base for Group B games. But FIFA swapped the venues.
FIFA had initially scheduled India's group matches in Mumbai on the insistence of All India Football Federation (AIFF) but later India's football body asked FIFA to shift them to New Delhi after pressure from sports ministry.
AIFF had initially wanted Mumbai to host all of India's matches in the group stage of the tournament. Since then, the central Sports Ministry had demanded for the matches to be shifted to Delhi.
Goa, which hosted the AFC U-16 Championship 2016 has impressed Javier Ceppi with its preparedness, but the low response from fans to witness the games live has not gone well with the Chilean.
FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi said that work in Kochi has picked up pace after the "big scare" in March. The city has been in the news for the wrong reasons due to delays in work related to the tournament.
Navi Mumbai is one of the six venues designated for the tournament and Javier Ceppi said that the ground and the rest of the training grounds barring one owned by the NMMC is almost match ready.
It has emerged that cows and goats have turned Kochi Parade Ground, one of the training grounds for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, a grazing field with animals regularly intruding upon the grass.
Only 200 tickets have been sold in Goa for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 that is to be held in India in the month of October. On the other hand, the venues of Kolkata and Guwahati have already been sold in the first phase of sales.
FIFA U-17 World Cup will be held in India from October 6 to 28 with 24 teams participating in it.
Although AIFF called the win as a “new chapter in Indian football,” the match doesn't even find a mention on the official website of the Italian football federation.
The Indian U-17 team defeated the Italian U-17 team 2-0 in a friendly match.
India U-17 team have recorded a famous win over Italy as part of their preparations for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in October.
Vijay Goel was present in New Delhi at the installation of a 'Football Balloon' to promote FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Kochi was declared fit to host FIFA U-17 World Cup matches. The venue will host eight matches.