The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Kochi in Kerala became the first Indian venue to be officially confirmed as a host for the upcoming Under-17 FIFA World Cup, after a 23-member delegation from FIFA on Wednesday provided the green signal.
The announcement was made after an inspection of the main venue, Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, by an 18-member FIFA delegation headed by Project Lead, Tracy Lu.
Based on what we have seen and based on all the work we have done with the Government of Kerala, with the Kerala Football Association, with all the different stakeholders here in Kochi, we are extremely pleased to announce that Kochi has been ratified as a venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup. Congratulations!Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director
Javier Ceppi also added that though a few things still needed to be completed and there had been improvements in various areas.
From sewage facilities to toilets, it’s all been taken care of really well and that for me is very commendable. State government now needs to focus on finishing the work at the stadium and especially the training sites within very tight deadlines, but overall it is commendable how the venue has shaped up.Ceppi
The other cities that are under consideration are Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Margao and Kolkata. The tournament is slated to be held from September to October next year.