India will have the football-crazy northeast audience behind them as they will play their group games of the women’s U-17 FIFA World Cup in Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium.
World soccer regulating body FIFA on Tuesday released the revised program of the tournament, which is to be held from 17th February to 7th March. The tournament, that was scheduled to be held in November 2020, was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIFA said according to a release issued by the local organising committee: “With the host for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 set to be announced on 25 June 2020, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2021 will provide football fans in India with a chance to welcome the future world stars and heroes of the women’s game next year.”
Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai have already been confirmed as the five host cities for the tournament and will host the 32 matches involving sixteen teams.
The tournament will open with double-headers in Guwahati and Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium.
India, who hold the A1 position in the draw by virtue of being the hosts will probably take on A2, that will be confirmed when the draw takes place, on 17th February. The day’s other Group A game will also take place.
Both Group B games will be held on the same day at Bhubaneswar. Group C and D games will take place in the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata and TransStadia Arena at Ahmedabad, correspondingly on 18th February.
On 20th February, India will face the A3 at Guwahati while on 22nd February they will see take on A4.
The quarterfinals will be held in Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata on 27 and 28th February respectively. The two semifinals will take place on 3rd March in Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai.
Navi Mumbai has been given the grand finale match along with the third position match.
This is the second time India is hosting a FIFA tournament. India had earlier hosted the U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017.
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