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FIFA Confirms Six Venues For Under-17 World Cup Next Year; Kolkata Likely To Host Final

The Logical Indian

October 25th, 2016

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FIFA Confirms Six Venues For Under-17 World Cup

A 13-member strong FIFA delegation led by the event manager and project leader for FIFA U-17 World Cup, Marion Mayer-Vorfelder and Tracy Lu visited India and gave green signal to six venues for hosting matches in next year’s mega tournament.

The Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati, the JLN stadiums in Delhi, Kochi, Goa as well, DY Patil stadium in Mumbai, and Salt Lake stadium were confirmed as the venues by the international football governing body. The delegates inspected in Kochi on 19th October, Navi Mumbai (20th October), Goa (22nd October), New Delhi (23th October), Guwahati (24th) and Kolkata today. Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata, Marion Mayer Vorfelder said, "We have been here only for 24 hours and we can see how deeply rooted football is in this area. I have heard it’s rich history here and that the stadium can host more than 100,000 spectators. A massive amount of work has gone into the stadium. It’s impressive since our last inspection (in February) hence the

Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata, Marion Mayer Vorfelder said, "We have been here only for 24 hours and we can see how deeply rooted football is in this area. I have heard it’s rich history here and that the stadium can host more than 100,000 spectators. A massive amount of work has gone into the stadium. It’s impressive since our last inspection (in February) hence the ratification. This stadium has the potential to be one of best in the country and also internationally.

The dates of the showpiece event were also announced, which is from October 6 to 28. A total of 52 matches will be played during the entire tournament. There is a high possibility of the final taking place in Kolkata along with 8 matches.

The draw is on July 7, 2017.

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