The football carnival draws it's curtains at the Salt Lake Stadium, what has been a remarkably successful FIFA U-17 World Cup, as England went onto win their maiden U-17 crown. An overall attendance record of 13,47,133 spectators made their names into the history books, as this year's edition was the most attended and arguably the best ever age level World Cup in recent times. The 12th man, that this the fans had a busy schedule these past 22 days, donning the jerseys of their favourite teams and shouting at the top of their lungs, leaving no stone unturned. We got in touch with the fans, let's see what they have to say regarding the U-17 show piece:-

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I was waiting for this event since the day it was announced that we are going host a world cup. As an ardent football lover I then and there decided to visit every possible matches to be played at my city. I kept my promise ! It was like a dream, It was a once in a life time opportunity and I'll savour that all my life ! Yuvabharati was never the same ! Majestic and Elegant are the two words that pops up in my mind. The atmosphere was electrifying and quite unanimously the passion my city has is unparallel ! The Indian Colts were top notch, I really liked them, but there's lot to do, miles to go. All we need is now proper attention towards our brilliant youngsters, shape them up, give them foreign exposure as much as possible and most importantly motivation to excel. I was supporting England and they didn't disappoint. It was a treat to watch the likes of Foden, Hudson-Odoi, Sancho and Brewster. Deserved winners and dominantly so. Lastly a big thanks to FIFA for giving us the rights and it makes me more proud when we broke all time attendance record, that too in a Cricket dominant nation.

I am not much of a sports lover to be honest, even though coming from a family of ardent Brazil and East Bengal supporters. A good friend of mine convinced me to watch a game or two and to my utter surprise I was completely moved by the beautiful game in display. The best experience I had in any stadium ! From individual brilliance on the pitch to the fans doing what they do best, cheering everytime their team has the ball and blowing the entire roof off whenever a goal is scored, the atmosphere is absolutely electric ! I have been to cricket stadiums but there is nothing like the "Mecca of Indian Football" as they say. Lastly congratulations England on winning the tournament, it was a pleasure to watch them play and thank you FIFA for giving us the rights to host such an event.

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SAAHIL ALI, STUDENT Calcutta Institute of Engineering and Management
It has been a wonderful experience to see my country India hosting FIFA U17 world cup for the first time, looking forward to see India hosting the U20 World Cup also. It's a lifetime experience too see the emerging talents around the world. It would be a nice feeling to see them playing the leagues and World Cup in future. Each and every team performed well with their dedication towards the game for the whole 90 minutes. It also been a pleasure to see India playing, with proper coaching and team management I believe these lads can do well in future we are proud of them no matter what.

Experience was absolutely brilliant, watching 50,000+ fans on every match day added to the electrifying atmosphere in VYBK. But the three matches that will be remembered forever were played between Brazil vs Germany and then Brazil vs England, 66k and 63k fans respectively was in attendance of these two matches and finally the last match between England and Spain, brilliant display of football. England dominated the whole tournament except the Japan match.They staged a brilliant comeback in the final match something that will be remembered forever by all the football fans in kolkata and 66k fans who were present that day!

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Fifa U-17 world cup, the first major fifa tournament to be held in India absolutely lived up to its expectations. I consider myself lucky enough to be a part of the 63000 enthusiastic football fans who where present at the yuvabharati stadium for the epic semifinal clash between England and Brazil..!! The energy inside the stadium was infectious and the vibe, cheerings and the atmosphere was sky high.

My country Did qualified for the senior world at the early 50's but due some reason we weren't able to attain it.But it was blistering experience to see my country not playing the u-17 world cup but also hosting it.The matches played here was both record breaking and entertaining to. Seeing those nations fight for the glorious moment was full of thrilling and enjoyable movement.I'm blessed that I was alive when those moments took place.

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PUSHAN GHOSH, STUDENT - Calcutta Institute of Engineering and Management
I believe I witnessed history being written in the heart of my city Kolkata. Though U17, a tournament as prestigious World Cup being held here had always been a dream to this football loving city! The matches were too entertaining and the clash of great nations were a treat to the eyes. With these exciting, breathtaking matches, watching the world cup was a dream come true.

Indian has been always know as a nation mad about cricket. But this U17 World Cup has been an eye opener. It proved that if big tournaments take place, we will fill in the stadiums regardless of the sport. Hope this justifies the tagline that ISL put in couple of years back- "Birth of a Footballing Nation"

It is the first time we witnessed the U-17 Fifa World Cup in India. We Indians turned up in huge numbers to watch the greatest nations clash for the cup. Really felt proud for the Indian team for the tough fight. I was though supporting Brazil, England were undoubtedly the most deserving. It was moreover a packed entertaining event along with breathtaking and mind blowing skills, the passion and dedication is unmatchable. It was a great achievement for us, as we created history by witnessing the highest number of attendants in the stadium.

SOMNATH CHAKRABORTY, Businessman,Kolkata
FIFA U-17 World Cup was a great experience, not only for the fans but for the country as a whole. For the Indian colts, it wasn't the best of debuts but they inspired a nation of 2.2 billion people. To be frank they played really well, they have the potential to excel, needs proper nurturing in the coming years to keep them in shape and hope for the best. The fans were up and running throughout the event and coming from a football loving city it was a great privilege, for me to be a part of history. I was supporting Brazil though and I was literally broken when they were shown the door by eventual champions England. England are deserving winners no doubt. The makeover of the Salt Lake Stadium is majestic ! I have seen the stadium being built but it's nothing like today ! Great atmosphere !


Praful Patel requestS FIFA President to host u19 in 2019 IN INDIA.

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KFDC NEWS DESK - 27.10.17: After a successful U 17 World Cup India is now ready to host U 19 World cup which is likely to be stage on 2019. In a media meeting after the FIFA Council meeting at J.W.Marriot Hotel Kolkata, President of All India Football president Prafull Patel, said that he requested FIFA President Gianni Infantino regarding the host of the tournament.

While answering to a question Infantino said India is successful in hosting the FIFA U 17 tournament.Infact the tournament in India is the most successful U 17 tournament. FIFA has received many requests from several nations. The host nation will be finalise at the beginning of the next year after considering several aspects and analyse the infrastructure.
While interacting Infantino described India as a sports loving nation where the standard of football has devolope in the recent past. The performance in the U 17 World Cup is inspiring, though India lost all the three matches. The difference of Indian football with the other strong nations are becoming less,but India should keep the momentum and continue to improve in the coming days. Infantino added that boys and girls should educate to play football from the school level. FIFA is serious to devolope football in India.

The president of All India Football Federation while analysing Indian football said that at present football is popular in some parts of the country. The prime task is to popular football in all parts of the country. Regarding infrastructure AIFF President said that U 17 World Cup played in six venues, but there are six more venews which has the capability to host any FIFA organised international match. Mr Prafull Patel requested FIFA for their whole hearted support in the coming days.

Years back ex FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter described India as a sleeping gaint in football. Times changed .. Gianni Infantino feels that India is a football continent. It is now the prime task of AIFF as well as the local body and the clubs should the momentum to devolope football in the country.


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FIFA Council approves key organisational elements of the FIFA World Cup.

27.10.2017 - PRESS RELEASE FIFA u17 W.C MEDIA CHANNEL : Prize money for the 2018 FIFA World Cup participating teams increased to USD 400 million - Enhanced Bidding Regulations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™ approved - Strategic body also decides on the establishment of a FIFA Foundation

The FIFA Council convened today in Kolkata, India, and decided on a few important elements related to the FIFA World Cup™ – for both next year’s edition in Russia and the future of football’s showpiece competition.

FIFA’s strategic body approved an increase in the prize money for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia to a total amount of USD 400 million — 12% up from the USD 358 million of the 2014 edition. The FIFA Council also ratified the decision of the Bureau of the Council of 6 September 2017 to approve the enhanced Bidding Regulations for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, and appointed the members of the Bid Evaluation Task Force.

According to the Bidding Regulations, the Task Force must be composed of the chairpersons of the Audit & Compliance Committee and the Governance Committee – in this case, Tomaž Vesel and Mukul Mudgal respectively – as well as a member of the Organising Committee for Competitions (Ilčo Gjorgioski was appointed), together with experts from the administration: Deputy Secretaries General Zvonimir Boban (football) and Marco Villiger (administration).

The meeting in Kolkata covered a wide array of topics and saw the FIFA Council passing a number of important decisions, including the following:

Establishment of the FIFA Foundation, with the purpose of providing a solid legal and institutional basis for FIFA’s social development initiatives. One of the core intentions of the FIFA Foundation will be to institutionalise a commitment of the FIFA Legends to engage in such activities and act as promoters of FIFA’s aims and objectives related to social development.

The FIFA Foundation should be operational by the first quarter of 2018 and will initially comprise the FIFA President and two members of the FIFA Council, Sonia Bien-Aime and Kwesi Nyantakyi. Later in the year, the FIFA Council will appoint a selection of respected personalities –from football and other areas of society –as additional members of the Foundation Board.

Decision to engage in a consultation phase to discuss a review of FIFA’s women’s, youth and club tournaments. A number of different draft formats will be submitted for discussion with the member associations at the FIFA Executive Football Summits as well as with the confederations and other relevant stakeholders. Final concepts are planned to be submitted to the FIFA Council for approval during the body’s next meeting, on 15 and 16 March 2018 in Bogota, Colombia.

Approval of the following FIFA tournament dates:

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018: 5 to 24 August 2018

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018: 13 November to 1 December 2018

FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018: 12 to 22 December 2018

FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™: 7 June to 7 July 2019

Adoption of the International Match Transfer System for professional women’s football as of 1 January 2018. The regulatory mechanism will enable FIFA to monitor the international movements and transfer market, bringing more transparency to the women’s game and enhancing its level of professionalism.

Recognition of all European and South American teams that won the Intercontinental Cup – played between 1960 and 2004 –­­ as club world champions.