Kushal Das remembers when he said ‘How high India is viewed by FIFA’


Kushal Das (Photo Credit: AIFF Media)

Kushal Das (Picture Credit score: AIFF Media)

AIFF normal secretary Kushal Das mentioned internet hosting FIFA U-17 Males’s World Cup in 2017 set the pathway to taking Indian soccer to the following stage.

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With India slated to play host to main worldwide tournaments within the subsequent couple of years, All India Soccer Federation normal secretary Kushal Das recalled how the considered internet hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 set into movement the thought of taking Indian soccer ahead collectively to the following stage.

India is ready to host the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup in February-March 2021 whereas having additionally bagged the rights to host the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup in 2022.

Chatting with AIFF TV, Kushal Das revealed that the thought of internet hosting the Males’s U-17 World Cup was recommended by the FIFA Technical Director in a gathering in Bengaluru in 2013.

“I keep in mind the place it began. I used to be speaking to the Technical Director of FIFA who had come to Bengaluru for a gathering on our youth growth programme. It was therein that he recommended we pitch for FIFA U17 World Cup. It was generally round 2013,” Das recollected.

“Though we had apprehensions and doubts whether or not FIFA can be satisfied to offer us an occasion of that stature, he defined how extremely India is regarded by FIFA. He elaborated that with all of the youth growth programmes taking place, it was the proper time for us to bid for a giant occasion. Finally, it will add numerous worth to the youth programmes and would offer India with an opportunity to know how FIFA occasions are hosted.”

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The attendance for the Males’s U-17 World Cup was a staggering determine of 1,347,133, which surpassed China’s report of 1,230,976 logged through the maiden version of the event in 1985.

“In 2014 we obtained the affirmation from FIFA and began our work. It was a protracted course of. It wanted numerous actions like coordinating with the Authorities relating to ensures, establishing a workforce.”


The championship in India shattered the report set through the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia (1,309,929 in 2011) to mark it the most-attended FIFA youth World Cup ever.

“As soon as we hosted the U-17 World Cup in 2017 we had been assured to host extra worldwide occasions. Though the preparation for FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup has been dented due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re assured to drag this off efficiently. We had been satisfied to earn the internet hosting rights for this one in addition to the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup in 2022,” Das maintained.

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The U-17 Ladies’s World Cup is slated to kick-off on February 17, 2021 with the ultimate slated for March 7. Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai have already been confirmed because the 5 host cities for the event, which is able to see sixteen groups locking horns for the coveted trophy.

The AIFF has not stopped on the AFC Ladies’s Championship 2022, nevertheless, as Das went on to disclose that the federation has additionally positioned a bid for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, though he did admit that it is going to be a “totally different ballgame”.

“Though we have now submitted our bid (to host), there are some huge footballing nations who pose a giant problem. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Uzbekistan have additionally expressed their curiosity. Given the truth that Qatar would host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, services and infrastructures can be high class. We’ll see and look into our methods,” Das averred.

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