2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Football : India vs USA


India will kick start their biggest footballing experience on Friday as they face USA in the first group stage game at the Jawaharlal Stadium in New Delhi. India have never participated in a World Cup before. The fact that India are debuting in the FIFA U-17 World Cup is remarkable in itself.

India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Ghana and Colombia. The hosts would have been the weakest team in any odd group and Indian U-17 head coach Luis Norton de Matos knows that. Even though India qualify automatically as hosts, the All India Football Federation have invested more than Rs 15 crores on the team, sending them to four continents, 18 countries to play more than 100 matches in the last three years.

The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be the 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, a biennial international football tournament contested by men’s under-17 national teams. Organized by FIFA, the tournament will take place in India between 6 October and 28 October 2017, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 5 December 2013. The tournament will mark the first time India have hosted a FIFA tournament and the first Asian hosted U-17 World Cup since 2013.




Source: Indian  News agencies