Hosting Under-17 World Cup will be a game-changer for Indian football: AIFF

The expenses incurred in organising the event will be borne by FIFA and AIFF, but the government will take care of construction and renovation of stadiums, besides earmarking a sum of Rs 25 crore as contingency to ensure smooth conduct of the tournament.

updated: June 13, 2013 14:54 IST
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New Delhi: The AIFF on Thursday welcomed the government's decision to approve its bid to host the U-17 World Cup in 2017, saying it will be a "game-changer for Indian football" provided the country eventually gets to organise the quadrennial event.

"It's a great decision, a game-changer for Indian football, provided we successfully get the under-17 World Cup," All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das told PTI.

The government today gave the go-ahead to India's ambitious bid to host the tournament that is already being backed by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke.

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