FIFA U-17 Women World Cup begins, India to lock horn with USA
Seventh edition of FIFA U-17 Women World Cup 2022 kick started on October 11, 2022, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. In the opening match, Morocco took on Brazil. Later in the day, at 8:00 pm, India will play against USA at the same venue. India is hosting the competition for the first time this year and is making its debut.
The stadium will host Group A matches which includes Brazil, Morocco, U.S.A, and India, as well as one Group B match between Nigeria and Chile. The final match will take place on October 30 at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium.
FIFA U-17 Women World Cup 2022 will be held in three different states in 2022. The designated venues are Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Fatorda Stadium in Goa, and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
This year’s competition features 16 teams, including the hosts, India.Two teams from each group that advance to the knockout round.
The FIFA tournament was scheduled to take place in India in 2020, but it was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. The country retained the hosting rights for the 2022 edition as a result of a global federation decision.
In a video post on his twitter handle Union Minister for I&B and Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur urged every citizen to watch the matches in large numbers. He also started an initiative “kick off the dream” in which he nominated three people to record a video of themselves playing football and further nominate three more people to do the same. It is aimed at showing support to our female footballers participating in FIFA World Cup for the first time.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2022 is building on the success of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, which broke the record for the most attended youth World Cup in FIFA history. Through its “Kick off the dream” football carnivals, this youth tournament has touched the lives of 2,500 children, with two editions held in Odisha.