2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: FIFA announces 22-day match programme

New Delhi, India (PANA) - FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have announced a 22-day match schedule for the Under-17 World Cup in India.

According to the FIFA media outlet, the tournament will commence on 6 October and four matches, two each from Group A and B, will be played on the opening day.

It said that the 24 teams in the tournament will be divided into six groups of four each. While Navi Mumbai will host the Group A matches, New Delhi will stage Group B, Goa and Kochi Group C and Group D, Guwahati and Kolkata Group E and Group F.

Each venue will host at least one round-of-16 match. The quarterfinals will be played at Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata and semifinals at Guwahati and Navi Mumbai. Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium will be the venue for grand finale of the tournament.

The Head of FIFA Tournaments, Jaime Yarza, said that each venue will be hosting at least eight matches and revealed how the match schedule has been created.

“The FIFA U-17 World Cup is an exciting milestone for the growth of football in India and it has now reached a very important stage. The match schedule has been created following a thorough analysis of players’ health, competition format, team movements, weather, local festivities, geography and other factors.

“Each venue will host at least eight matches, and we took existing infrastructure into account, as well as local enthusiasm, when allotting the matches,” he said.

The draw to determine the groups will take place on July 7th in Mumbai.
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