The young Tigresses will kick off the tournament against USA on October 11.

Groups for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 in India were announced on Friday. Hosts India have been put in a challenging group alongside Brazil, USA and Morocco in Group A.

India will also kick-off the tournament (being the home nation) against USA on 11th October at the Kalinga Stadium. While the USA U-17 women’s team have never won the tournament or even qualified for a final, their Women’s Football scene is booming right now.

The Indian women’s U-17 will participate in their first-ever U-17 Women’s World Cup later this year at home turf. Managed by Women’s national team coach Thomas Dennerby, the young girls will hope to make their mark despite being placed in an intimidating group.

The USA women’s soccer team have won the Women’s World Cup four times in their history, including the last edition in 2019. Their U-17 team will be vying for a strong finish in the upcoming U-17 World Cup.

Brazil have also never won the tournament, but their roots in the beautiful game and history make them a challenging opposition nonetheless. Morocco became the first-ever North African nation to qualify for a U-17 Women’s World Cup. They can be the dark horse in the group.

Group B

In Group B, New Zealand – who finished third in the last U-17 edition – are in Group B. They will take on Germany, who finished third in the 2008 edition. The Germans have qualified for every single U-17 Women’s World Cup in history.

They will be accompanied by Chile and Nigeria, who have both participated tournament previously.

Group C

Defending champions Spain U-17 Women’s team are the front-runners in Group C. They won the last edition in dominant fashion and are among the favourites to win the 2022 edition as well.

They face the very team they beat in the U-17 World Cup final in 2018, Mexico, in the group stages! Placed alongside the last edition’s two finalists are China PR and Colombia to cap off an exciting group.

Group D

The final group of the U-17 Women’s World Cup is filled with some major names. Former winners Japan and France have both been placed in the same group, guaranteeing entertaining matches.

The two are accompanied by Canada, who finished fourth in the 2018 edition, as well as Tanzania, who have made history by qualifying for the very first time for the competition.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will take place in India from October 11 to October 30. It will be hosted in three cities, at the Kalinga Stadium (Bhubaneswar), the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Goa) and the DY Patil Stadium (Mumbai).

India play each of their group stage matches at the Kalinga Stadium. The young Tigresses will be in action on October 11 (USA), October 14 (Morocco) and October 17 (Brazil). If India advance to the knockouts, they will play their quarter-final match in Navi Mumbai on October 21. Both semifinals of the event will take place in Goa, while the third-place clash and showpiece match will be held in Navi Mumbai.

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