New Delhi: India is expected to host a second FIFA tournament when the 2020 U-17 Women's World Cup begins on November 2nd. Sarai Bareman, Chief Women's Football Officer of the international association, believes the tournament will have a positive impact on the country's women's football ecosystem.
The official slogan, game schedule and host cities for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 were on Tuesday in New Delhi unveiled by FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The group stage matches will be played in four cities – Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Kolkata. The quarter-finals take place in Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai. The two semi-finals will be played in Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai, while the third place game and final will take place at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
16 teams will compete against each other in 32 games to win the trophy in Navi Mumbai on November 21.
Even if the event and the tournament shed positive light on women's football in India, the current Indian women's football ecosystem is broken. There are two national competitions for the female soccer players – Indian Women's League and National Championship (both run less than a month). Apart from these two, the state leagues are irregular and short, while there are very few university games. While there are baby leagues for U-8 and U-10 in which little girls are introduced to the game either with a mixed format or with all-girls teams, players up to the universities lack viability, the sport professionally Record – Consider players who drop out after college.
This year, however, the Khelo India U-17 Women's League is taking place or has been held in different states. The Kerala U-17 Women's League is over a few days ago as Delhi's league continues. The league was completed in West Bengal, Punjab and Manipur. The tournament in Maharashtra is in preparation.
Despite the lack of overall structure in women's age football, Bareman said India had been awarded the World Cup Because of the success of the 2017 U-17 Men's World Cup and the clear commitment of AIFF President Praful Patel and the Indian government.
"They specifically told us and have continued to show that they have a great meaning behind their words since the tournament was awarded. FIFA will invest an unprecedented amount of money into its heritage in this competition, and it is something that will Government and AIFF. And I think the girls in the country deserve it, "Bareman told reporters on the sidelines of the event.
This year's IWL lasted 20 days and the gaps in the organization of state leagues continued, but Bareman said it was important to put a global context on the issue.
"There are very few countries in the world that have a professional women's league, in North America and mostly in Europe, where women are paid to play football. I think it is important to keep this context in mind. It is important to look at that. " Positive and last week Gokulam Kerala FC won their first IWL and the league has been around for four years and has grown exponentially.
"We are now seeing a top-class Indian player signed up by the Rangers – the first female player to play professionally elsewhere. All of this is positive and the U-17 Women's World Cup will have a positive impact on the entire ecosystem in India "said Bareman at the press conference.
time to #KickOffTheDream India! As the country prepares to host the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup later this year, here is the official slogan for the tournament. Wish our girls all the best with us as they prepare for their first World Cup. # U17WWC pic.twitter.com/QefiHsxomw
– Indian soccer team (@IndianFootball) February 18, 2020
INDIA'S U-17 TEAM
The Indian U-17 women's national team is currently playing against Turkey in Turkey. There was a 3: 3 draw in the first game, with B Mariyammal scoring a double. While the performance and outcome were encouraging, there were always questions about these exposure tours and the level of competition in them.
AIFF technical director Isac Doru assured that India are playing against the Romanian U-17 national team and that the result is really great.
"I come from Romania and I can assure you that India did really well against the Romanian U-17 national team. I spoke personally with the Romanian association and set a very competitive set of games for the Indian national team. The national team The Romanian U-17 national team has three professional players, "said Doru.
The Indian U-17 women's national team plays in Romania. (Photo credit: @IndianFootball)
Patel also assured them that they were not playing an occasional tournament.
Patel highlighted the work the association is doing to prepare the team for a big event like the World Cup. Patel said there was no women's football structure in India before, but in recent years AIFF has "created a structure that is almost parallel to the structure of men's football, including the start of the women's league."
He spoke about India's game against Romania and stressed the importance of the result and the performance.
"Not to say that we can win the World Cup in November, but it shows that our U-17 team is not a weakling and is developing. We have left nothing unturned and with the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, we get all the infrastructure – and support mechanisms for the team. We recognize that if we, as a national team, men or women, start to do well, there will be more following the game in our country and we will do everything we can. "
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the government has now created a structure for women's football and found a way with the Khelo India U-17 Women's League and the Khelo India University Games. He then asked the Association of Indian Universities and the All India School Federation to ensure that every school and college had a soccer team, especially for women's soccer.
"A proactive government will lead to better teams, and so Indian football will improve. With India, which will host the U-17 Women's World Cup in a few years, I am sure that the Indian women's national team will be ranked higher and faster than that of men. " Today India is also higher for women than for men, "said Rijiju.
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