India to host 2017 under-17 FIFA World Cup
The Under-17 FIFA World Cup 2017 tournament will be hosted by India. India bagged the landmark rights by beating other bidders like South Africa, Ireland and Uzbekistan.
As a host nation India will get the opportunity to participate in the 24-nation biennial mega event for the first time. This will be the biggest ever football tournament India will be hosting and the first FIFA event in the country’s history. Previously, India has hosted Asian Football Co federation’s Youth Championships (Under-20) in 2006 and then the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 but never any FIFA tournament.
This year’s (2013) tournament was hosted by the United Arab Emirates while Chile will be the host country for the 2015 edition.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter supported India hosting the event and wants India to build the required infrastructure and facilities.