21 Jul 2022 | 08:26 | Football
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 will kick off on October 11 in India.© AIFF
Hosts India have been clubbed with football powerhouses Brazil, Morocco and the US in a tough Group A for the upcoming U-17 Women’s World Cup, the draw taking place on Sunday. Friday. The country is scheduled to host the tournament from October 11 to 30 at three locations. A total of 16 teams from four groups will participate in the tournament. The matches of the biennial event will take place in Bhubaneshwar, Goa and Navi Mumbai. India will begin their campaign against the United States on October 11 (Tuesday) at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Their second match will be against Morocco on October 14 (Friday) at the same venue. The last match of the home team against Brazil will be on October 17 (Monday).
India was scheduled to host the 2020 World Cup but the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defending champions Spain, who beat Mexico in the 2018 final, are placed in Group C alongside Colombia, China and Mexico.
North Korea is the most successful team in the history of the tournament, having won it in 2008 and 2016, while Japan, South Korea and France have all won once.
Host Mollie Kmita presented the official draw and featured former US women’s national team player and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, Heather O’Reilly, former team coach New Zealand national team, Ricki Herbert, as well as Jaime Yarza, FIFA’s Director of Tournaments and Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Director of Women’s Football.
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