New Delhi [India]April 13 (ANI): Six months before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in India, FIFA has announced Bhubaneswar, Goa and Navi Mumbai as the host cities of the tournament, and has confirmed that the draw will take place in Zurich, Switzerland on June 24.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 tournament due to the FIFA COVID-19 pandemic, the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) also confirmed the renewed host cities of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 after a comprehensive review and consultation .

To ensure the safety of players and other tournament participants, Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai have been announced as the three venues that will host some of the brightest talents that emerge. future women’s soccer stars later this year.

Sarah Berman, FIFA’s director general for women’s football, said: “As the qualifiers continue around the world, we are very pleased to announce the date of the draw, as well as confirm the three cities hosting the 1722 Women’s World Cup 2022. “” Following FIFA’s recent visit to India, this is an important step forward and marks the beginning of the final countdown to the tournament. We would like to thank AIFF, LOC and all stakeholders for their support over the past two years as we have dealt with the evolutionary pandemic. ” said Berman.

“We look forward to continuing our work together as training is gaining momentum over the last six months and holding what will be an exciting and extremely important tournament for India and the overall development of women’s football around the world,” he added.

Proful Patel, LOC Chairman, AIFF President and FIFA Council Member, said: “The host countries of the World Youth Championship 17, India 2022 – Maharashtra, Goa and Adish – share our excitement and enthusiasm to leave followed by a lasting legacy while shining a festive light on Indian culture, diversity and a love of beautiful play. ” . While Goa and Navi Mumbai have already shown considerable experience in holding international tournaments, Bhubaneswar, as a sports center, is in line with the values ​​of growth and development of this youth tournament, ”he added.

“We are now looking forward to the next important milestone, the official draw, which will set the final path to ultimate glory for the participating countries,” Patel said.

In addition to India, which took part in the competition, six countries – Brazil, Chile, China PR, Colombia, Japan and New Zealand – were confirmed to participate in the competition and must participate in the draw on June 24. A total of 16 teams are participating in the tournament, there are still places in several confederations.

FIFA and LOC have also announced that a total of 116 women have received E-licensed football coaching certificates through the Youth Tournament initiative, the Coach Education Scholarship Program they use to strengthen women’s soccer in India.

More details on other events and activities for the development of football around the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India in 2022, including the carnival “Football for All” later this month, will be announced soon. (ANI)

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