India have been confirmed as the hosts of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020, All India Football Federation’s twitter handle announced on Friday. Ever since India hosted the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017, they were in talks to host the U-17 Women’s World Cup as well and they were confirmed as hosts on Friday.
By virtue of being the hosts, India’s U-17 women’s football team will be part of the World Cup. This will be only the second time that India will play in a FIFA World Cup.
The last time India played in a World Cup was the U-17 Men’s World Cup, where also India qualified by virtue of being the hosts.
Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 15, 2019
India had hosted the U-17 World Cup in 2017 successfully and all of the national team’s games were held in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where they had an average attendance of 50,000.
The final of that tournament was held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, where England defeated Spain to lift the U-17 Men’s World Cup.
When India host the U-17 Women’s World Cup next year, Spain will be defending their title. In the 2018 edition of the event, Spain had defeated Mexico in the final to lift the title.
FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) March 15, 2019
Also, New Zealand and Canada had finished third and fourth in the event last year.
Javier Ceppi, the tournament director for the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup that India hosted in 2017, took to Twitter after the news was confirmed and expressed his happiness.
@IndianFootball will host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020. Amazing news for India and the women’s game!!!
Javier Ceppi (@JavierCeppi) March 15, 2019
Also AIFF president Praful Patel took to Twitter and said, “A very proud moment and a honour that our country #India and #AIFF has been confirmed as the host of #FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020. We will strive to make it a grand success.”