Special workshop held for participating teams

Posted October 06, 2017

Twenty-four nations are competing in the event, which is being held in New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata.

India's capital will host its last game of the tournament on October 16, just before pollution levels spike around the Diwali festival, when Hindus celebrate by setting off huge amounts of fireworks.

Yuvraj Singh says quality and talent decide how you play and win in youth tournaments.

The biggest football extravaganza to be ever staged in India begins today amid promise that the FIFA U-17 World Cup will serve as a springboard to fulfill the aspirations of the country in the attractive game.

Teams finishing in the top two slots in their respective groups get a direct entry into the Knockout Round.

Irrespective of how the hosts perform, the tournament is set to boost football in India. Competitions overseas weren't frequent for the former greats of the game.

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This is not only the first time India is hosting a Federation Internationale de Football Association event, but also the first time featuring in it.

The Team presented Mr. Patel with a National Team jersey with his name inscribed on the back. The current side boasts of two exciting talents in Josh Sargent and Tim Weah.

US have stars like captain and striker Josh Sargent who will sign with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen next February when he turns 18.

The right back picked up a red card against Iran in the AFC U-16 Championship in Goa past year. Former cricketer Virender Sehwag, who is active on social media, took to Twitter and wrote, "Best wishes to @IndianFootball for organising & participating in #FIFAU17WC for the first time".

Ghana, Colombia and United States of America are tough teams to share a group with.

The other teams, too, boast of budding stars. "We will have a player ready to do his job". The journey and expectations of Indian players will be totally different from their peers. Nicolai Adam from Germany, India's head coach since 2015 was asked to step down few months ago and was replaced by Portugal's Luis Norton de Matos.