Previous
Juventus
Tottenham Hotspur
2
3
FT
Game Details
Next

To grow football, play more football

FIFA Under-17 World Cup
Read

For India's U-17s, 'Arrows' route is way ahead

FIFA Under-17 World Cup
Read

After climbing ladder, India hit the wall

FIFA Under-17 World Cup
Read

Smells like teen spirit

India U17
Read

What hosting the U-17 Women's World Cup could mean for India

India have been awarded the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, their second FIFA event inside three years after having hosted the 2017 variant of the same event in men's football.

While the dates and venues haven't been decided yet, with the former yet to be pencilled in within FIFA's own calendar of events, here's what India can learn from the 2017 event, and how best to apply those lessons in 2020.

In terms of organisation, there should be no issues

The 2017 World Cup proved that India can put...

To grow football, play more football

It's been an eventful week since the completion of the U-17 World Cup, the first FIFA event hosted by the Indian subcontinent. While the headlines since then have been dominated by the court ruling that removed All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel from his post, there's a need to look beyond the immediate and see what the World Cup did for India and where Indian football can go from here.

So can the World Cup make a difference?

'The passion (for football) is growing; the access to the sport on TV is growing.'
'The passion (for football) is growing; the access to the sport on TV is growing.'

Santosh Desai, columnist and CEO of Future Brands...

For India's U-17s, 'Arrows' route is way ahead

Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (second from right) scored India's only goal at a FIFA event, in the group stage match against Colombia.
Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (second from right) scored India's only goal at a FIFA event, in the group stage match against Colombia.

The Indian team, which won praise for its performance at the U-17 World Cup, its maiden showing in any FIFA event, have their immediate plans chalked out -- they will start with participation in the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers in the first week of November. The best U-17 players will then team up with some of the best U-19 players and play in the I-League as a separate club. Remuneration for their participation will be taken care of by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), according to...

FIFA: U-17 WC proves India can host 'major events'

Security personnel outside Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, one of the venues for the U-17 World Cup.
Security personnel outside Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, one of the venues for the U-17 World Cup.

FIFA's head of competitions Jamie Yarza has praised India's readiness to host "major events" in world football, speaking at a press conference alongside All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel and Local Organising Committee (LOC) tournament director Javier Ceppi, in Kolkata on Thursday.

Yarza's comments come a day ahead of a FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Kolkata, where Patel has said he will utilise an invitation to give a speech to re-emphasise India's desire to host the...