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FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017: Third phase of online ticket sales kick off

After an impressive response by fans following phases 1 and 2 of ticket sales for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) is set to launch phase 3 on 21 July, which will last until 5 October on fifa.com/india2017/ticketing. During this phase, fans will have the opportunity to buy individual tickets to watch the stars of tomorrow with a 25 per cent discount.


In Kolkata, Kochi and Guwahati, all available tickets were sold in the first two phases.


Speaking about the launch, FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban said: “The outcome of the first two sales phases confirmed the unique football passion of India’s fans. We are very confident that the upcoming sales phase will continue the trend as the sense of anticipation grows in every host city. This year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup will be an absolute milestone in the competition’s history.”


After the Official Draw determined the fate of all 24 participating countries, another host city – New Delhi, the venue for all of host country India’s matches – has attracted great interest from local fans, with ticket sales exceeding the 100,000 mark on 14 July.

Describing what is surely a revolutionary chapter in Indian Football, LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi commented: “The response that we have had in the first two phases has been fantastic and we expect it to continue like that. Football fans in the country have shown their interest in the tournament and we are very sure that Indian supporters will put a tremendous show for all the rest of the world to watch in October.”

A total of 52 matches will be played between 6 and 28 October. The Official Draw has thrown up some brilliant group-stage matches, with several blockbuster encounters on offer in all host cities. The 24 qualified teams will begin the tournament in six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group making it through to the knockout stage.

Visa, an official FIFA Partner, is the preferred payment method of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.



NEW DELHI, July 20, 2017A dream is like a raging fire inside of one, which drives one to achieve their goal through sheer hard work, persistence, and dedication but what if the dream ‘almost’ comes true before one turns 17?

The word ’dream’ for Shubham Sarangi and Rahul K.P is synonymous to “playing in the FIFA World Cup” and the duo will quip without a second’s delay. Both Sarangi and Rahul are part of the Indian U-17 World Cup Team which will play in the first ever FIFA World Cup hosted by India and India’s first ever participation in a FIFA World Cup, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India.

“I told a lot of lies to my parents to play Football and the FIFA U-17 World Cup for me is a dream come true and I am really excited and pumped up for the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” said striker Shubham Sarangi.

In tune, midfielder Rahul KP added, “I fought with my family to play Football and the love for Football for me will never go away. I can die for Football”

“Every Player has a history. All Indian Players are my inspiration but Sunil Chhetri has inspired me a lot,” Shubham stated. “When I was small he came to my school and inspired me a lot to take up Football”

“When we are together as a Team every moment is a special. When we play against other Teams I try to enjoy the game and give my best,” Rahul said.

“Every Coach has a different philosophy. We not only have a good Coach but a good human being with us,” Shubham informed. “He is teaching us Football and is our mentor in life.

“The Coach told me a lot about hard work and I believe in hard work a lot. If you work hard, anything is possible,” Rahul stated.

Shubham Sarangi was identified as potential for the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad through the AIFF scouting network developed by AIFF’s Director of Scouting Abhishek Yadav. Out of almost 5000 budding Footballers, Sarangi was one of the few who made it to the National Camp when the scouted talents were zeroed in.

While, Rahul K.P came through the ranks of the AIFF Academy setup to become a part of the Indian U-17 World Cup Squad.

For the duo, the game against Portuguese Club side Benfica S.L where the Indian Colts came back from two goals down to draw the match 2-2, has been the most memorable moment in India colors.

“The Benfica Players were surprised to watch us and after the match we were applauded by them,” Rahul told. “Coming back from two goals down in the last fifteen minutes and making it 2-2 was a wonderful moment. It felt like we could do anything,” Shubham said.


FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 ticket sales crosses 100,000 mark

100,000 of the 139,760 sales put up on sale so far have been snapped up for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, confirming the country’s huge interest in the first FIFA tournament in India.


“The fact that we have already sold 100,000 tickets for the World Cup when we are still 84 days from it, speaks volumes of the interest from fans into coming and watch the Tournament. Ever since we opened the sales, it has defied the usual pattern for events here, where people wake up at the last minute and get the tickets then. We already have 100,000 fans that want to come to the stadiums, and it is very exciting. We are on the right track to show the whole world, full stadiums for the World Cup,” commented Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi.


FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 got its 100,000th ticket holder when Arjun Sachdeva purchased his tickets for Group A matches in New Delhi. The LOC will reward Sachdeva with World Cup memorabilia for holding the 100,000th ticket and booking his place in history.


Phase II of the ticket sales began immediately after the Official Draw took place on July 7th. The available inventory for this phase in Kochi and Kolkata was sold out on 10th July 2017. Guwahati too, is edging closer to exhausting its inventory in this phase.


The tournament is scheduled to be held between 6th and 28th October. Tickets for the tournament can be booked on www.fifa.com/india2017/ticketing.

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 draw throws up intriguing ties

The Official Draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be played in six venues across India between 6 and 28 October 2017, took place on Friday in Mumbai.

The draw revealed that hosts India will take on USA in their opening match of the competition in New Delhi. Group A also includes Colombia and Ghana, who will also clash as part of the first day’s action.

Perhaps the most intriguing quartet of teams can be found in Group D, where FIFA tournament debutants Niger were drawn with Korea DPR, Brazil, and Spain.

The draw ceremony was held in the presence of Sunil Gulati, FIFA Council member, Praful Patel, President of the All India Football Federation and Vijay Goel, Indian Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. Assisting in the draw ceremony were FIFA Legends Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu, as well as Indian national team legend Sunil Chhetri and Indian badminton star Pusarla Venkata Sindhu.

One of the highlights of the ceremony was the performance of the tournament’s Official Song. Pritam and Babul Supriyo revealed ‘Kar Ke Dikhla De Goal’ for the first time, much to the delight of the assembled audience.

FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Draw

Group A: India, USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group D: Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England

Jackson is optimistic about India’s performance in upcoming U17 world cup

In Press conference organized before FIFA U17 world cup draw in Mumbai, Jackson Singh said he is very confident that Indian team will perform well in World cup. When asked about today’s draw and which team he prefers to play in World Cup he said, “We respect all teams and will play against any team which will be placed against India tonight.

When asked about his future plans, he said he wants to play for Bengaluru FC and if given a chance in German Clubs.

Jackson also pointed out that teams European tour is was very helpful and they all learned  a lot in the tour playing against teams like Italian, French and Spanish clubs. He also thanked India government for backing players and giving this opportunity to play in World cup for India.

Arsenal and Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu  is hopeful that this tournament would help out youths in country to play best football. When asked about defending champion Nigeria not able to qualify for World cup this time he said that its unfortunate, federation will look into this and correct the things what went wrong this time.

Esteban Cambiasso, ex-Real madrid and Argentinean player said that these tournaments help budding talent and will help Indian players a lot.

In post draw press conference Indian u17 coach Luis Norton de Matos said that this would be the learning step for our players and he is very confident that we do well in world cup. In upcoming 90 days to world cup will be playing against top U17 teams like Colombia, Mexico and Chile. When asked who the toughest opponent is in Indian group, coach relied “Colombia is the toughest”.

AIFF president, Praful Patel is also confident in teams and said definitely Indian players will perform well in world cup. He also added that India is bidding for FIFA U20 world cup 2019 and Sports minister, Vijay Goel said that Government of India will provide all possible support if India is select as Host of prestigious event.