India to host the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is the 7th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The tournament is being hosted by India, which would have hosted the 2020 edition before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the second time that India hosts a FIFA tournament after the men’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the first time that India hosts a FIFA women’s football tournament. Apart from the USA, India will also face Morocco and mighty Brazil in their following group matches on October 14 and 17, respectively. India will play all their group matches at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Coached by Sweden’s Thomas Dennerby, a former Nigeria women’s football team coach, India will most likely be captained by Astam Oraon, who led the team during the recent exposure tour to Spain. Overall, 16 countries divided equally into four groups will vie for the quarter-final spots. The top two from each group will make the cut. The semi-finals will be held at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Margao, Goa while the final will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on October 30. The seventh edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was initially scheduled for 2020 in India but was postponed due to COVID-19.
The junior women’s World Cup will be the second major FIFA event to be held in India after the country hosted the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup in 2017.