FIFA U-17 World Cup Cities

IAS Prelims 2023

Kolkata will host the finalĀ of the U-17 World Cup football on October 28 while Navi Mumbai and Guwahati were chosen to stage the semi-finals of FIFA tournament the India is hosting for the first time.

The FIFA officials, along with Local Organising Committee members, inspected all the six cities – Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati, Margao, Kochi and Navi Mumbai – which will host the tournament.

The two semi-finals will be held in Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium and Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati.

DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, which has been termed as the benchmark venue by the visiting FIFA team, will also be home to Group A and host a round of 16 match.

Guwahati will be home to Group E besides hosting one round of 16 and one quarter-final match.

New Delhi will stage Group B matches, besides two round of 16 games. The Capital City will host its last match on October 16 due to the pollution concerns which has robbed it from hosting marquee matches.

Margao will be home to Group C, besides hosting two matches of round of 16 and one quarter-final game while Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which has been rated worst by the FIFA team in terms of preparations, will be the venue for Group D matches, besides one round of 16 and one quarter-final match.