Kolkata becomes final venue to be ratified Kolkata as a venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017
25.10.2016 FIFA PRESS RELEASE :A 13 member strong FIFA delegation led by Tracy Lu and Marion Mayer-Vorfelder along with the Local Organising Committee ratified Kolkata as a venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Culminating the trip which saw them visit all the 6 venues for the tournament – Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa,New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata between October 19-25, 2016, the delegation deemed progress to be satisfactory and seemed upbeat about India’s first ever FIFA tournament. The delegation also revealed the dates for the tournament, which will be hosted by the ratified cities, between 6th and 28th October 2017.
Emphasis was placed on the state of the pitches and training sites to make sure they would be up to the mark when the tournament commences. Issues that were discussed with the local authorities included stadium infrastructure, competitions, marketing, media, television, tourism and public promotions and transport, among others.
On behalf of the LOC, Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya highlighted the historical occasion that this represents. “This World Cup has the potential of changing Indian football and we need everyone’s support to make it happen. The kind of work that the different State Governments have put so far has been great and now we are looking forward to keep working with them towards increasing the foothold of the Event on their States and across the country. Everyone really needs to go all out to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity for Indian sports, and that will be our focus for the coming year”.
Talking about the results of the official inspection, Event Head for the tournament, Marion Mayer-Vorfelder said, “The state of West Bengal has shown tremendous enthusiasm in getting this venue ready and we are thoroughly impressed. The association of Football to the state of West Bengal goes back to the nineteenth century and we are really happy to announce it as a FIFA World Cup venue. From what my team saw, it was acknowledged that preparations for the marquee event have begun in full swing and the efforts put in by the State Governments and other stakeholders were welcomed and accepted.”
Also present at the press conference was Mr. Aroop Biswas, Minister – Sports, Government of West Bengal, Mr Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Minister of State for Sports, Government of West Bengal, Mr SA Baba – IAS & Principal Secretary – Sports for the Government of West Bengal and Mr Subrata Dutta – President of the IFA.
Elated with the announcement, Mr Biswas said “We are extremely happy that Kolkata has officially been ratified as a World Cup venue; we believe that this is one of the best stadiums in the country and the work that has been put in by the state government across the venue are in alignment with our vision to develop sports here. Come 2017 thus, we are excited to showcase the enthusiasm that the state has for the game for the world.”
Guwahati assured its maiden football World Cup, India 2017
24.10.2016 FIFA PRESS RELEASE : The FIFA delegation along with members of the Local Organising Committee confirmed Guwahati as one of the venues for next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup. The team visited the site and had a comprehensive look at the stadium and the training facilities.
Tournament Director of the LOC, Mr Javier Ceppi said, "We have a very good understanding with the newly elected State Government and that has certainly helped to push matters forward in Guwahati. They realize the importance of hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and have given us their complete support, which has had an immediate impact on the pace of work in the last 45 days. We also believe, as the State Government does, that this event will be critical in the Chief Minister’s vision of making Assam the sports hub of India."
Present at the press conference was Mr. Ajay Tiwari, Secretary – Sports for the Government of Assam. Naturally pleased with the prospect of being one of the hosts for India's first ever international football tournament, Mr Tiwari expressed immense joy and said, "The state government has been putting in a lot of efforts to upgrade the stadium as well as the practice sites. I am elated at the recognition being bestowed upon us by FIFA and at the prospect of the state hosting a football World Cup."
Delegates from the football's governing body were satisfied with the conditions in Guwahati, both on the pitch as well as in the training facilities of IGAI training ground, Nehru Stadium, LNIPE Ground and SAI Regional Centre. Event manager for the U-17 World Cup, Ms Marion Mayer Vorfelder remarked, "From what I am being told, the enthusiasm for the sport here in this part of the country is unmatched.
Football is like a religion here and considering how passionate people are about the sport here, this ratification denotes a win not just for the state of the Assam but the entire North East."
Guwahati became the fifth venue to be ratified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, post Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and New Delhi. The 23-member strong delegation will travel to Kolkata tomorrow to visit the last venue of its inspection trip and assess the situation in the capital of West Bengal.
Government assures full support as New Delhi is confirmed as venue for FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017
23.10.2016 FIFA PRESS RELEASE : New Delhi became the fourth venue to be ratified to host next year's FIFA U-17 World Cup. 13 members of the FIFA delegation together with ten members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) travelled to New Delhi and approved it as a venue.
The capital city's stadium received the go ahead after the team inspected the pitch and the training facilities and all assurances were given by the facility owners that renovations would be completed before March 2017, including two training sites in the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex and other two owned by other stakeholders.
The All India Football Federation General Secretary, Mr. Kushal Das, reflected on the occasion, “We have been working with different stakeholders in the country from the start of this process and it is good that we are now seeing the results on the ground. FIFA is satisfied with the progress of all the venues visited so far and it gives us a big fillip for next year’s Tournament. We will put every effort into making the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 a memorable occasion for all Indian football fans”.
Speaking to the press about New Delhi, Tournament Director of the LOC, Mr. Javier Ceppi said, "Work has finally started here and we hope it progresses well. It took some time but we are confident of the capacity of SAI to complete everything well in time for the event, so that we can test all the facilities. We have been working closely with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India to make sure that the renovation works go as planned and we are able to deliver the Tournament successfully in New Delhi."
Also present at the event were Mr Sagarpreet Hooda, IPS & Director –Sports, MoYAS, Mr. Sanjiv Baranwal – Director - Infrastructure SAI, Mr. Joy Bhattacharjya - Project Director LOC and FIFA’s Event Manager for the U-17 World Cup from FIFA, Ms. Marion Mayer-Vorfelder.
Placing emphasis on the preparations, Ms Mayer-Vorfelder added, “We have been shown the plans for the renovation and we will be looking very carefully into the way the venue progresses to make it fully compliant. We hope that the pace of works now picks up and that we can have the facility match ready as soon as possible.”
New Delhi has been the fourth venue to be ratified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, following the steps of Kochi, Navi Mumbai and Goa.
Goa given the green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017
22.10.2016 FIFA PRESS RELEASE : The Local Organising Committee (LOC) alongside a 13-member FIFA delegation made an inspection to ascertain the readiness of Goa to host matches and training sessions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.
Following the visit, LOC and FIFA experts expressed their satisfaction with the work which has been put in at the venue.
Tournament director Javier Ceppi who has overseen the progression of preparations at the venue said, “Goa hosted the AFC U-16 Championship, which helped it get into very high infrastructure compliance levels and gives us enough confidence to ratify it as a venue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Now it is the moment to start focusing on all operational aspects to ensure a flawless delivery of the Event”
Also present at the event were Mr. Ramesh Tawadkar, Minister – Sports, Government of Goa, Mr. VM Prabhudesai – Executive Director – Sports Authority of Goa, Mr. Shrinivas Dempo, Vice President, AIFF, Mr. Joy Bhattacharjya - Project Director LOC and Ms. Tracy Lu - Project Lead FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Describing the preparations at the venue, Ms. Lu added, “We last inspected the venue in February and I am delighted to see the progress on all fronts over the last six months. The venue in fact has already been tested through the AFC U16 Championships and from what the reports suggest, they did a great job. That adds to Goa credence and thus the venue certainly deserves to be a venue for the India’s first FIFA World Cup.”
With Goa’s culture and love for the beautiful game, Sports Minister Mr. Ramesh Tawadkar was ecstatic at the prospect of the State hosting its first ever World Cup. He said, “Goa just hosted the AFC U16 tournament, where the four Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup were decided, needless to say we are extremely proud to be given this opportunity to host the tournament; it will most certainly be the next feather in our cap.”
The team also visited the training sites proposed for next year’s event — Tilak Maidan Stadium, Cana Benaulim Ground, Bambolin Stadium and Utorda Ground.Goa became the third venue to get the go-ahead from FIFA, after Kochi and Navi Mumbai, to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. The delegation will travel to New Delhi tomorrow to inspect the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium there.
DY PATIL STADIUM : VENUE FOR U-17 WORLD CUP IN MUMBAI
20.10.2016 : FIFA PRESS RELEASE The 23-member strong delegation comprising experts from FIFA and LOC visited the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai today, and ratified the venue for next year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The stakeholders of the D.Y Patil Stadium had ensured the work was done to fulfil all compliance criteria for the final ratification. Tournament director Javier Ceppi was happy with the preparations at the Navi Mumbai and said, “Credit goes to the DY Patil group, they have been a fantastic partner into making a World Cup in Navi Mumbai a reality. The choice to ratify them as a Venue was not hard, because this is a world-class facility with world-class owners. We hope that this is a great step to make football even bigger in Maharashtra.”
The basis for the ratification for the Navi Mumbai venue not only focused on the main DY Patil Stadium and the training sites, but also took into account the interest that local authorities took throughout the process. Dr Vijay Patil, president of D.Y. Patil Sports Academy was present at the conference and was immensely proud at the prospect of hosting India’s first football World Cup in his Stadium.
He exuded, “I am delighted to know that Navi Mumbai is selected as the venue for FIFA U17 World Cup. I wish to place on record deep appreciation for FIFA, AIFF and its president Mr Praful Patel WIFA and all individuals who have worked hard to ensure this tournament is a huge success. Navi Mumbai is a fast growing city with a large youth population base. it is fast transforming into an education hub which is similar to the change Boston has seen in 1900 s." The CEO of the Western India Football Association (WIFA), Mr. Henry Menezes was present at the media meeting.
Particular attention was paid to the state of pitches and the four training sites that include DY Patil Football Ground, DY Patil Cricket Ground, Yeshwatrao Chavan Maidan, and Navi Mumbai Sports Association Ground.
FIFA Project Lead for the U-17 World Cup Ms Tracy Lu too expressed her satisfaction with the progression of preparation at the venue, “We were here in February last time and we are really pleased with the progress made here. The initiative taken by the owners of the facility is incredible and we are proud to be associated with them. They have invested a lot to modify the cricket facilities to suit the requirements of a FIFA U17 World Cup; also we are extremely happy with the exceptional work that has been put in here to get the training sites ready.”
Navi Mumbai became the second venue to be approved after Kochi got the green light to host next year's marquee youth tournament. The delegation will visit Goa on 22nd October.
Kerala assures timelines compliance as Kochi is ratified for FIFA U-17 WC India 2017.
19.10.2016: FIFA PRESS RELEASE : A 23-member delegation comprising experts from FIFA and LOC visited the Jawahar Lal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi earlier today. Deeming the preparations to be satisfactory, they ratified it as a venue for next year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
“We are happy to announce Kochi as a venue for next year’s World Cup,” declared Tournament Director of the LOC, Javier Ceppi.
“A lot of work has been put in areas people generally don't generally see - from sewage facilities to toilets, it’s all been taken care of really well and that for me is very commendable. State Government now need 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.” he added.
Also present at the event were Mr. A. P. M. Mohammad Hanish - IAS & Secretary - Sports, Government of Kerala, Mr. KMI Mather - Vice President – AIFF, Mr. Joy Bhattacharjya - Project Director LOC and Ms. Tracy Lu - Project Lead FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
Describing the preparations at one of the footballing hotbeds of the country to be fitting for an event of this stature, Ms Lu added, “We are extremely happy with the progress we see here; from our last inspection a lot of development already taking place and that's extremely encouraging. The dressing rooms, for instance have been renovated and a lot of other construction work has been initiated - I believe thus that it would make for a terrific World Cup venue.”
The State Government recently put in a lot of effort into relaying the pitch and Mr. Hanish exuded immense pride at the prospect of hosting the first ever World Cup in Kerala, “All steps are being taken by the state government to upgrade the match venue as well the practice sites to FIFA standards. We are eagerly looking forward to the conduct of the World Cup here in Kerala where football is almost a religion.”
Besides the stadium, the team also visited the prospective training grounds in Kochi — Parade Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Football Ground, Maharajas College Ground, and Govt. Boys High School Panampilly Nagar, and the onus is now on the State Government to complete all works on those sites before end of March 2017.
The delegation will visit Navi Mumbai tomorrow.
INDIA IS THE 'PASSIONATE GIANT,' SAYS FIFA PRESIDENT INFANTINO
27.09.2016 : India is one of the oldest country where football is being played for more than one hundred years. But the FIFA ranking of Indian football are yet to be at the desired level. Though the FIFA President Gianni Infantino feels India is the fastest developing football nation and U-17 World Cup will open a new milestone in Indian football.
"India is now the passionate giant" this is the reaction of FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a media interaction at Goa this evening. Gianni Infantino are in a two day tour in India after is elected as the President of FIFA. Infantino had an eventful discussion with the rank and file of All India Football Federation headed by the President Prafulla Patel.
Infantino is pleased to see the passion for football in the sub continent as he answered while interacting,"India has always been always mentioned as the ‘Sleeping Giant’ But from what I have seen here I am sure that India is now the passionate giant of Football,” Infantino is pleased to see the activities of AIFF for the development of football in India. He is impressed
by the development of football in India and the passion for football among the fanatics are increasing steadily year after year. The development are reflecting in graph which is really impressive. Though Infantino are of the opinion that result won’t be immediate, but it will follow in coming years.
While answering to a question Gianni Infantino opined that U-17 World Cup in India will surely open a new era in Indian football. As the FIFA President says ,“The FIFA U-17 World Cup is a new chapter in the history of Indian Football and we need to make sure that it is one of the best FIFA tournaments ever held in the World. The passion for Football has the ability to take us forward from the U-17 World Cup and we need to capitalize on that. The Mission Eleven Million which the AIFF is working on to indulge the youth is commendable.”
While summing up Infantino added, “I like the Indian Football Federation being called the All India Football Federation. It has the feeling of the magnitude of India and embracing everyone. India is a Continent which is developing and Football will become the No. 1 sport in the Country.”