The All India Football Federation (AIFF), upbeat after the success of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for men last year, is keen to host the 2020 edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The AIFF president Praful Patel has reportedly met sports secretary Rahul Bhatnagar in New Delhi for support to India’s bid to host the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The AIFF has already submitted its intent with the World Governing body for football, national daily Indian Express has reported quoting AIFF general secretary Kushal Das. The federation now needs to give a certain guarantee to FIFA that the country is ready to host the event. This also needs the government nod. “We want to bid for the under-17 women’s World Cup and wanted to understand the procedure. The government had come out with some guidelines in January 2018 so we will send them a letter accordingly,” Das said and added that the government’s response has been “positive”.
The women’s U-17 World Cup will have 16 teams as against 24 for the boys’ under-17 edition India hosted last year. Centre had spent ₹100 crore on hosting the boys event in six cities. The women’s event may be confined to only four cities, Das has told the paper. “We can host the matches at the cities where the tournament was held last year. It shouldn’t be a problem for us because we have training grounds and everything. The infrastructure cost will be minimal and since the number of teams are fewer, we can host it in just four cities,” Das said.
The AIFF has to submit the complete bid by January. However, they have to furnish certain guarantees, including the government’s support, by the end of this month. “The government want us to send a detailed proposal and then we will see how they look at it. It seems a positive meeting,” Das said.