FIFA U-17 World Cup big opportunity for youth, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

September 25, 2017

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday welcomed all those who will be a part of India’s first-ever FIFA tournament that begins from October 6. “PM @narendramodi [Narendra Modi] welcomes all those taking part in FIFA U-17 World Cup and calls for even greater interest towards football among youth,” reads a tweet posted on the official account of ‘PMO India’.

Addressing the nation in his 36th ‘Mann ki Baat’, the honourable Prime Minister called the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup a “big opportunity for our younger generation” and said the event will increase the interest in football in the country.

“My dear countrymen, there is a big opportunity for our younger generation between Navratra festivities and Diwali. FIFA Under-17 World Cup is being organised in our country. I am sure reverberations of the spirit of football will be heard all around.”

In his 36th monthly radio address, Modi said, “It will evince more interest in football in every generation. There should not be a single school-college ground in India where we will not see our youngsters at play. Come on, the whole world is coming to play on Indian soil, let us make sports a part of our lives,” he added.

In the 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, twenty-four teams from around the world will be involved in a total of 52 games. These teams have been divided into six groups of A to F.


Group A: India, USA, Colombia, Ghana;

Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey;

Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica;

Group D: North Korea, Niger, Brazil, Spain;

Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France;

Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England

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