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Cabinet approves signing of guarantees to host FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India

New Delhi: The union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of guarantees to host the 2022 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Women’s U17 World Cup in India.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 is scheduled to be played in India from 11-30 October 2022. The seventh edition of the biannual youth tournament will be the first FIFA women’s competition to be hosted by India. Continuing the positive legacy of the FIFA U17 Men’s World Cup 2017, the nation is gearing up for a landmark moment for women’s football when the best young women footballers from around the world will demonstrate their skills to lift the coveted trophy to lift.

Financial effort:

Funding of Rs. 10 crore support to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for pitch maintenance, stadium power, energy and wiring, stadium and training site branding etc. will be provided from the National Sports Federations (NSFs) Support Program budget . .

Goals of the program:

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 has the potential to boost women’s football in the country.

Continuing the positive legacy of the FIFA U17 Men’s World Cup 2017, the nation is gearing up for a landmark moment for women’s football when the best young women footballers from around the world will demonstrate their skills to lift the coveted trophy to lift. The following goals were considered to leave a positive legacy:

  • Increasing the representation of women in football’s governing and decision-making bodies
  • inspire more girls to play soccer in India
  • advocate for gender-equitable participation by normalizing the concept of equal play from an early age
  • Opportunity to raise soccer standards for women in India
  • improve the commercial value of women’s football.

Justification: The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is a prestigious event and would be held in India for the first time. It would encourage more youth to play sport and contribute to the development of football sport in India. Not only will the event promote soccer as the sport of choice among Indian girls, but it also stands ready to leave a lasting legacy that will help girls and women in the country get started with soccer and sports in general.

background: The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is the World Cup for players under or up to the age of 17 organized by FIFA. The event started in 2008 and traditionally takes place in even years. The 6th edition of the event took place in Uruguay from November 13th to December 1st, 2018. Spain are the current champions of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 is the seventh edition of the tournament and will feature 16 teams including India. The AIFF has proposed that the competition games be held in three venues, namely; (a) Bhubaneshwar; (b) Navi Mumbai; and (c) Goa. India successfully hosted the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup India 2017 from 6 to 28 October 2017 in six different venues, namely New Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi and Kolkata.

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