U-17 World Cup: FIFA, Government Assure Help to AIFF

The 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in India.

updated: October 15, 2014 17:38 IST
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FIFA Meetings With Valcke
Jerome Valcke (L) in a meeting with Indian Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal (center) and AIFF president Praful Patel (R).


New Delhi: The All India Football Federation was on Wednesday assured of all help by the government as well as FIFA as far as hosting and successful conduct of the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 was concerned.

The world sport was the talk of the town as all the stakeholders got together to discuss the way forward for Indian football, which also witnessed a MoU being signed between AIFF and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) here. (Also read: Grassroots not Indian Super League Should be Focus for India, Says FIFA)

"If India wants to be strong, it is through building football in the country, you have to start from grassroot U-15, U-17. Holland and Spain also laid a lot of emphasis on youth development. The support of the government is very crucial. It's a partnership between national association, clubs, government and FIFA," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said.

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