Five cities in India have been selected to host the 32 matches of this year’s Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup, taking place November 2 to 21.
Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai are the five host cities. Navi Mumbai will host the final.
Key dates in the tournament schedule were announced. The opening match will take place on November 2, the quarter-finals on November 12 and 13, the semi-finals on November 17, and the third/fourth-place playoff and final on November 21.
The tournament’s official slogan – “Kick Off The Dream” – was also unveiled, at a press conference in Delhi on Tuesday.
Sarai Bareman, Fifa Chief Women’s Football Officer, said: “As we look to build on the incredible success of last year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France, as well as the legacy left by the Fifa U-17 World Cup in 2017, the Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup in India provides an exciting opportunity, not just for the development of women’s football, but for fans across India and worldwide to watch the next superstars of the women’s game.
“As the official tournament slogan, Kick Off The Dream perfectly captures the aspirational and empowering message for the tournament as we look to grow women’s football and use the tournament as a platform to inspire girls of all ages across India and around the world.”
India’s Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju, said: “As India prepares to host yet another Fifa event, I look forward to the support from the whole country in making this tournament a rousing success. Our Indian U-17 women’s team will be playing in a Fifa tournament for the first time. It is a proud moment for the nation and we will provide all possible support to ensure its success.”
Praful Patel, LOC Chairman and Fifa Council member, said: “The announcement of the match schedule is an important moment on the road to the tournament as we not only know which cities will host what number of matches, but fans too can start saving the dates for this November. I am confident that the five host cities will do a wonderful job hosting the best young footballers in this important tournament.”
India hosted the men’s Fifa U17 World Cup in 2017.