The stage is set for the future stars of women’s football as the match schedule and host cities for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 were unveiled by FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) at a press conference in Delhi on Tuesday, alongside the Official Slogan for the tournament.
With India hosting the tournament for the first time ever, a lot of eyes will be on India and whether they will be able to replicate the success they enjoyed in 2017 when they hosted the men’s edition of the tournament.
The matches of the tournament will be played across five venues – Guwahati, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai – with Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sarusajai, Guwahati to kick off the tournament on November 2 and the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai will host the finals for this year’s edition on November 21, 2020.
A total of three group stage matches will be played in Guwahati on November 2, 5 and 8.
Sixteen teams featuring the rising stars of women’s football will compete across 32 matches to lift the coveted trophy.
“It gives me immense pleasure to congratulate the five cities hosting the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020. As India prepares to host yet another FIFA event, I look forward to the support from the whole country in making this tournament a rousing success. Our Indian U-17 women’s team will be playing in a FIFA tournament for the first time. It is a proud moment for the nation and we will provide all possible support to ensure its success,” said Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju at the launch event
Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer said, “Today’s announcement of the match schedule, host cities and Official Slogan for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 represents a major moment for the tournament and football fans across India and around the world.
“As we look to build on the incredible success of last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, as well as the legacy left by the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India provides an exciting opportunity, not just for the development of women’s football, but for fans across India and worldwide to watch the next superstars of the women’s game, she added.