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India to host U-17 Women's World Cup in 2020

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will host the U-17 Women's in 2020, International Federation (FIFA) announced on Friday.

"We are delighted to announce that has been confirmed as the host of the U-17 Women's in 2020," said after the Council meeting in Miami, USA,

This will be the second tournament will be hosting, after the U-17 Men's in 2017.

Confirming the development, All Federation told PTI: "We are thankful to FIFA for giving the right to host the U-17 Women's World Cup. This will raise the profile of women's in the country.

"We have been giving a lot of emphasis on the development of women's football in the country. So we bid for the U-17 Women's World Cup and now we have got it."

The bidding process for the tournament started last year. had also expressed interest to host the tournament.

Das said the venues to host the mega event will be decided soon.

"We have four-five venues in mind and we will finalise them soon."

As host country, India automatically qualifies for the 16-team showpiece event. The six continental qualifying tournaments are yet to begin.

Besides the U-17 Women's WC, India had also expressed interest in hosting the U-20 Women's World Cup.

The U-17 women's tournament began in 2008, when hosted it. are the current champions and they had beaten 2-1 in the final in last year. The tournament in India will be the seventh edition.

Asian teams are the most successful teams in the tournament, with (2008 and 2016) having won it twice while (2014) and (2010) had won it once each.

(2012) and (2018) are the only non-Asian teams to have won the tournament.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 00:20 IST