The Indian government on Wednesday approved the signing of guarantees for hosting the Under-17 FIFA Women's World Cup in India from October 11 to 30. The approval came at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It comes after the re-constitution of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which was banned by FIFA briefly last month citing third-party influence.
AIFF is hosting the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup across three cities in the country. Navi Mumbai, Goa, and Bhubaneswar will host the tournament from 11-30 October. India are placed in Group A with the United States, Morocco, and Brazil. Notably, the seventh edition of the biennial youth tournament will be the first-ever FIFA women's competition to be hosted by India.
Financial outlay of Rs. 10 crore assistance to All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the field of play maintenance, stadium power, energy and cabling, stadia and training site branding will be met from the budgetary allocation for the Scheme of Assistance to National Sports Federations (NSFs), an official release said.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said Rs 60 crore will be spent for hosting the tournament that will see the participation of 16 teams, including India.
It said FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2022 has the potential to strengthen women's football in the country and the event is expected to increase the representation of women in football leadership and decision-making bodies and improve football standards for women in India and improve the commercial value of the women's game.
The event will not only promote football as the sport of choice among Indian girls but is also poised to leave a lasting legacy that will facilitate girls and women in the country to embrace football and sports in general. The previous edition of the event was held in Uruguay in 2018 where Spain had emerged as the champion.