It is a moment of immense pride for India to host the grand event.

The upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will take place from October 11, 2022 onwards in India. A total of 16 women’s U-17 national teams from six confederations will be participating to win the prestigious tournament that will run until 30 October 2022. The World Cup was supposed to take place in 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. India had lost the hosting rights recently after receiving a FIFA ban, but recovered them swiftly after the ban was rescinded.

The anticipation for the tournament is high amongst the host nation and the football fans. Judging by the successful organisation of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (men’s), one can expect a lot of entertainment from the upcoming edition. It will also further India’s image as a capable host of major football events. Furthermore, it will give the Indian U-17 women’s team a chance to impress as the world will focus its eyes on them. 

Here are the key details about the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India as it approaches the opening day:

About the Tournament

The India edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be the seventh edition of the tournament. Inaugurated in 2008, North Korea are the most successful nation in the tournament history with two titles. South Korea, France, Japan, and Spain are teams to have won it previously.

Spain are the defending champions having lifted the 2018 edition in Uruguay where they beat Mexico 2-1 in the final. The latest edition was supposed to be held in India in 2020. However, it had to be postponed twice due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Teams & Groups

The 16 teams are divided into four groups consisting of four teams each. The top two teams from each group will move on into the knockout stages where quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will take place. India, Tanzania and Morocco are three debutant countries that will hope to have a good tournament and go past the group stages.

Group A

Group A consists of hosts India, 2008 runners-up the United States of America, Morocco and Brazil. It will be tough for the host nation to qualify from the group but football has a tendency to cause upsets when one least expects them. Brazil and USA will be favourites to qualify for the knockouts.

Group B

Germany, Nigeria, Chile and New Zealand complete Group B. On paper, it looks like a tough group for all teams and is hard to predict. New Zealand finished third during the previous edition but repeating that performance will be difficult.

Group C

Defending champions Spain is in Group C and will face Colombia, Mexico and China. Interestingly, Mexico and Spain met in the final of the previous U17 Women’s World Cup. They will hope to finish as the top two teams in this group. 

Group D

Group D consists of Japan, Canada, Tanzania and France. It will be a three-way battle for the top two places while Tanzania will hope to punch above their weight and cause an upset at the tournament.

India’s Squad and Schedule

India will be a debutant at the 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup after gaining automatic qualification being the host nation. A 23-member team had travelled to Spain for an exporsure tour. The Indian U-17 team played two games there, losing 1-3 to Sweden and smashing WSS Barcelona Club 17-1. Their game against Andorra was called off due to bad weather. Here is India’s official squad for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup:

GOALKEEPERS: Monalisha Devi Moirangthem (1), Melody Chanu Keisham (13), Anjali Munda (21)

DEFENDERS: Astam Oraon (5),Kajal (20), Naketa (3), Purnima Kumari (2), Varshika (19), Shilky Devi Hemam (4)

MIDFIELDERS: Babina Devi Lisham (6), Nitu Linda (17), Shailja (15), Shubhangi Singh (16)

FORWARDS: Anita Kumari (11), Lynda Kom Serto (9), Neha (7), Rejiya Devi Laishram (18), Shelia Devi Loktongbam (12), Kajol Hubert Dsouza (8), Lavanya Upadhyay (10), Sudha Ankita Tirkey (14)

India’s Fixtures (Group A)

11 October 2022: India vs USA

14 October 2022: India vs Morocco

17 October 2022: Brazil vs India

All of India’s matches will take place at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

Venues

Three venues in three cities have been finalised for the tournament. Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, JLN Stadium in Margao and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai will be hosting the matches for the 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

Fixtures

October 11 (Tuesday)

Morocco 0-1 Brazil

Chile 3-1 New Zealand

Germany 2-1 Nigeria

India 0-8 USA – Match Report

October 12 (Wednesday)

Canada 1-1 France

Mexico 1-2 China

Japan 4-0 Tanzania

Spain 1-0 Colombia

October 14 (Friday)

Brazil 1-1 USA

New Zealand 0-4 Nigeria

Germany 6-0 Chile

India 0-3 Morocco – Match Report

October 15 (Saturday)

China vs Colombia – 4.30 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

France vs Tanzania – 4.30 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

Japan vs Canada – 8.00 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

Spain vs Mexico – 8.00 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

October 17 (Monday)

New Zealand vs Germany – 4.30 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

Nigeria vs Chile – 4.30 PM IST – Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar

Brazil vs India – 8.00 PM IST – Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar

USA vs Morocco – 8.00 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

October 18 (Tuesday)

China vs Spain – 4.30 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Colombia vs Mexico – 4.30 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

France vs Japan – 8.00 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

Tanzania vs Canada – 8.00 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Knockouts

October 21 (Friday)

Quarter-final 1: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up – 4.30 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Quarter-final 2: Group B Winenr vs Group A Runner-up – 8.00 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

October 22 (Saturday)

Quarter-final 3: Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D – 4.30 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao
Quarter-final 4: Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C – 8.00 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

October 26 (Wednesday)

Semi-final 1: QF 1 Winner vs QF 3 Winner – 4.30 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao
Semi-final 2: QF 2 Winner vs QF 4 Winner – 8.00 PM IST – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Margao

October 30 (Sunday)

Third place: Loser Semi-Final 1 vs Loser Semi-Final 2 – 4.30 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai
Final: Winner Semi-Final 1 vs Winner Semi-Final 2 – 8.00 PM IST – DY Patil Stadium

Telecast

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India will be broadcast on Sports18 1 SD & HD. Fans can also catch the live streaming on Voot Select and Jio TV.

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