The AIFF has gone ahead with their plans of bidding for the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup Football and now finds the Indian government supporting it’s bid.
The U17 World Cup was initiated in 1985 by FIFA and has been mainly dominated by Brazil and Nigeria, each winning 3 times. India has never qualified for this tournament. As a host, they would have a chance to play in the FIFA U17 World Cup 2017. That would be India’s first ever appearance in any age group format of the FIFA World Cup.
In all such endeavours, the government is and has always been supportive. But let us get the proposal officially
Ajay Maken, Indian Sports Minister
AIFF secretary Mr. Kushal Das said that the AIFF is preparing the documents that are necessary for filing the bid before 15th of March 2012.
We are preparing to submit a professionally worked out bid document. If India can convince the FIFA executive members, it will be the biggest tournament the sub-continent will be holding
Kushal Das, AIFF secretary
The other contenders for hosting the 2017 edition of the tournament are Guetemala and Jamaica. If India bids with the government backing, they will have a great chance to make it through as it was FIFA who insisted India on bidding for the tournament.
There are multiple stadiums in different cities with artificial turf or good grass pitch. If successful, the AIFF plans to upgrade the stadiums in Kolkata, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Goa