KFC NEWS DESK - 15.10.2017 FIFA as well as LOC are impressed by the progress of the U 17 World Cup 2017 in India. In a media meeting at Kolkata's host stadium, VYBK, the FIFA officials feels that it will be a successful tournament at the end.

Javier Ceppi : “We have to remember this is the first FIFA World Cup hosted in India, but there has been improvement on each matchday regarding every single aspect of operations. There have been historic crowds, a potential record for a youth tournament. We have crossed the 800,000 spectator mark, already almost double what Chile 2015 had for that complete Tournament. The average per match is almost 23,000, and the Indian matches had 49,000 average spectators, which is huge.”

"There are a lot of people here who love the game, and given the right opportunities they will continue with the sport. They don’t have to be footballers. They can be fans, they can be coaches, they can impact their communities with football. That’s the longer-term vision.”

"Teams have been very happy with the facilities, very happy with the hospitality of the Indian people and very impressed with the passion that Indians have shown for the event. You saw New Caledonia yesterday, playing in front of 45,000 people. They won their first point in a FIFA event and the crowd helped them have a memory that they will have the rest of their lives.”

Branimir Ujevic,: FIFA Head of Coaching and Player Development : This was the best possible learning tool for the Indian team. It was obvious they were physically and tactically well-prepared, which reflects well on the head coach. Individually there is a lot of room for improvement, but this is a development tournament, so that is normal. There is one 16-year-old who put his footprint in history because he scored the first goal for India in a FIFA tournament. He is just 16, and he will stay in the history books.”

“At the moment it seems like it’s much easier to get a ticket for the next El Clasico than it is to get a ticket for the final game of this World Cup.”

Joy Bhattacharjya : Project Director of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 LOC: “For the 10- or 12-year-old children at the stadiums seeing a World Cup match for the very first time, I can tell you, it will change their lives. That for us is a very large part of what we’re doing. If we’re here to change Indian football for the better, this is where it starts. There are many things we still have to do, but we have started the process, and that is what’s important.”


First female referee to officiate at FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017

12.10.2017- FIFA OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE : In line with FIFA’s objective to further develop women’s football, a new milestone has been achieved in India as Esther Staubli is set to become the first female referee to officiate a match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 following her appointment as the referee for the encounter between Japan and New Caledonia to be played on 14 October at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata.

Staubli is one of seven women referees invited to the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India where all the male and female match officials, nominated by FIFA’s Referees Committee, have completed a host of activities together in a series of seminars, including theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical sessions on the field of play.

The benefits of joining forces are mutual when men and women team up to hone their interpretation, positioning and decision-making abilities. Another positive aspect is that the women referees have an opportunity to gain more experience. High-level competition matches are often limited during the year in their respective regions and so such opportunities are crucial as the referees prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019. In having the opportunity to now work together with their male colleagues at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, FIFA’s female referees are one step further in their preparation and in their careers at the top level.

That FIFA has selected female referees for a men’s tournament is a logical consequence of an education programme that FIFA’s Refereeing Department started in 2016. The positive results and improvements seen in the joint preparations have shown that the time has come for elite female referees to officiate in men’s competitions together with their male colleagues.



KFC NEWS DESK - 7.10.17 : There will be a strong security arrangements during the U 17 World cup matches at the Yubabharati Kriangan, Kolkata is hosting 10 world cup matches which includes the mega final on the 28th of October. The Bidhannagar Police Compassionate will be in charge of the security during the world cup match at Kolkata. The number of seats reduced to 66,000 for comfort and safety of the spectators. The 66,000 capacity stadium can be evacuated within eight minutes if case of emergency takes place at the venue.

The spectators would only be allowed to take their mobile phones inside the stadium and ladies can carry a purse with them. The spectators cannot carry water bottles, newspapers, umbrellas , Cigarettes/Lighters, Alcohol,Helmets,Fireworks/Crackers foods inside the stadium. The flags are allowed to carry but without any sticks. According to the sources in case of any racial comments, police will take strict action against the offender immediately.

There will be 3000 police personnel during the match days which includes 35 officers of the rank of superintendent of police and 60 other officers. All the tickets will be scanned during entry and the spectators will have to enter through the metal detectors gates . The spectators will be under close monitoring at the different points of the stadium.

Yubabharati Kriangan will be under 250 CCTV cameras, some of which are night vision enabled. Apart from this, drones have also been employed in the stadium wrapped in a four-layer security system. Moreover,400 stewards including 120 women would be on duty at the Salt Lake Stadium on the match days. The stewards would be deployed in all the 13 blocks of the stadium.

Vivekananda Yubabharati Kriangan is now ready to host the mega football event on Sunday evening.