FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in India
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in India

The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup is being held in India. This is the first FIFA tournament hosted by India. The final will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on 28th October 2017. 

Group A, featuring the home team, which is automatically seeded as A1, will be based in New Delhi and teams of Group B will be based in Navi Mumbai. Matches for the knockout stage remain as planned before. 

Acknowledging the increased efforts of the local authorities, FIFA’s Head of Tournaments Jaime Yarza highly appreciated India’s commitment and strong involvement in this regard. He also said, “We expect this involvement to extend into the area of pollution prevention, which has been an important topic discussed in relation to the tournament, in particular in Delhi. We are now expecting an action response plan to prevent pollution levels from affecting the tournament, which ideally should continue beyond the tournament.” 

The official draw for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 took place at the Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai on Friday, 7 July 2017 at 19:00 local time. 

Besides India, who are automatically qualified as hosts, the following teams have booked their tickets to the competition: Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea DPR (AFC); New Caledonia, New Zealand (OFC); Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay (CONMEBOL); Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA (CONCACAF); England, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey (UEFA); Mali, Niger, Ghana, and Guinea (CAF).

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