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The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup was the 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, a biennial international football tournament contested by men's under-17 national teams. Organized by FIFA, the tournament took place in India between 6 and 28 October 2017, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 5 December 2013. The tournament marked the first time India have hosted a FIFA tournament and the first Asian hosted U-17 World Cup since 2013. The attendance for this World Cup was a record 1,347,133 surpassing China's 1985 edition where it was 1,230,976.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.svg
Official logo
Tournament details
Host country India
Dates 6–28 October (22 days)
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England (1st title)
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Mali
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 183 (3.52 per match)
Attendance 1,347,133 (25,906 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Rhian Brewster (8 goals)
Best player England Philip Foden
Best goalkeeper Brazil Gabriel Brazão
2015
2019

The matches were played in six stadiums in six host cities around the country, with the final taking place at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal. Twenty-three teams, besides the host India, managed to qualify for the tournament via participating in their various continental under-17 tournaments. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four for points, where the top two teams in each group along with the top four third placed teams would advance to the next round. These 16 teams will advance to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play will decide which teams would participate in the final.

The reigning FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, Nigeria, did not have the opportunity to defend their title after failing to qualify for this edition. In failing to qualify, Nigeria became the first incumbent title holder since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the subsequent edition.

England won the U-17 World Cup for the first time after coming back from a two-goal deficit and beating Spain 5–2 in the final.[1] This meant England became the second nation, after Brazil in 2003, to win both of FIFA's under-age (U-20 and U-17) World Cup tournaments in the same calendar year.[2][3] England has also become the third country, after Brazil and North Korea, to win both U-17 and U-20 World Cup in their respective gender tournaments on the same year, as North Korea had also won both U-17 and U-20 Women's World Cup last year. The Official Match Ball of the Tournament is Adidas Krasava.[4]

Contents

Host selectionEdit

The bids for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup had to be submitted by 15 November 2013.[5] On 28 May 2013 it was announced by FIFA that Azerbaijan, India, Republic of Ireland, and Uzbekistan would bid for the hosting rights.[6]

Finally, on 5 December 2013, FIFA announced that India had won the 2017 FIFA World Cup hosting rights.[7]

Qualified teamsEdit

As host, India made their first ever appearance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and their first appearance in the World Cup at any age level.[8] As well as India, New Caledonia and Niger also made their first appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[9]

The previous U-17 World Cup title holders, Nigeria, failed to qualify for this edition. In failing to qualify, Nigeria became the first nation since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after winning the previous edition.[10]

A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament. In addition to India, the other 23 teams qualified from six separate continental competitions. Starting from 2017, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) will receive an additional spot (in total two spots), while UEFA will have five instead of six spots.[11]

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) Host Nation   India1
2016 AFC U-16 Championship   Iraq
  Iran
  Japan
  North Korea
CAF (Africa) 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations   Ghana
  Guinea
  Mali
  Niger1
CONCACAF
(Central, North America and Caribbean)
2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship   Costa Rica
  Honduras
  Mexico
  United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 2017 South American Under-17 Championship   Brazil
  Chile
  Colombia
  Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) 2017 OFC U-17 Championship   New Caledonia1
  New Zealand
UEFA (Europe) 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship   England
  France
  Germany
  Spain
  Turkey
1.^ Teams that will make their debut.

OrganizationEdit

PreparationEdit

The six venues selected for the tournament were given major renovations prior to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[12] All the stadiums were given new bucket seats, new dressing rooms, new evacuation exits for fans, and new training grounds.[12] Javier Ceppi, the Local Organising Committee director, stated that despite work starting slowly, things eventually became quicker. "It has been a long process in the last two and half years. In India, it takes time to start things but once things start it kind of picks its own pace and in terms of implementation I always say that India is a very good country when it comes to implementation."[13]

EmblemEdit

The official emblem for the tournament was launched on 27 September 2016 at a hotel in Goa during the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship.[14] According to the press release from FIFA the emblem was designed "as a celebration of the country’s richness and diversity of cultures, with the main elements of the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra, an integral part of the national identity."[14]

TicketsEdit

Sales of tickets for the FIFA U-17 World Cup began on 16 May 2017 during a function in Delhi. Carles Puyol was present during the ticket sales launch as special guest.[15] General ticket sales officially began on 17 May 2017 at 19:11. The time was selected as a tribute to when Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield in 1911, marking the first time an Indian football club defeated a British side in British India.[15] Tickets for the tournament were sold in four phases: Phase one only sold tickets for categories 1 to 3 at each venue with a 60% discount while phase two allowed people to buy tickets for all categories, but only if you are a Visa card holder, at a 50% discount. Phase three allowed anyone to buy tickets with a 25% discount while phase four had tickets at full price.[16] The attendance for matches breached the million mark in the final match of the Round of 16, which made India only the third nation after China and Mexico to register an attendance of over a million for the event.[17] On 28 October 2017, in the 3rd place match-up between Brazil and Mali, India finally beat the existing record of 1,230,976 set in the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship edition in China on 28 October 2017.[18] The final attendance figures were 1,347,133.

VenuesEdit

After being awarded the hosting rights for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, eight locations were shortlisted: Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.[19] On 29 May 2015, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, and Pune were provisionally selected as host locations.[20] On 27 October 2016, FIFA officially announced Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, and Navi Mumbai as the official host cities for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[21]

Kolkata Kochi New Delhi
Salt Lake Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Capacity: 66,600[22] Capacity: 41,700[22] Capacity: 58,000[22]
     
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (India)
Navi Mumbai Guwahati Margao
DY Patil Stadium Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Fatorda Stadium
Capacity: 41,000[22] Capacity: 23,800[22] Capacity: 16,200[22]
     

DrawEdit

The draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup was held on 7 July 2017 in Mumbai.[23] The draw was attended by former U-17 World Cup champions Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) and Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina), as well as India senior international Sunil Chhetri and badminton player P. V. Sindhu.[23]

The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with hosts India being allocated to position A1.[24] The rest of the teams were allocated into their respective pots based on a ranking which was built according to past performances during the last five FIFA U-17 World Cups.[24] Importance was given to the most recent U-17 World Cups.[24]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

RefereesEdit

FIFA's Referees' Committee selected 21 referees, representing all six confederations, to officiate at the U-17 World Cup: Seven from UEFA, four from CONMEBOL, three each from the AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF, and one from the OFC.[25] No referee from host country India were selected to officiate.[25]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Support referee
AFC   Muhammad Taqi   Lee Tzu Liang
  Koh Min Kiat
  Ri Hyang-ok
  Ryuji Sato   Toru Sagara
  Hiroshi Yamauchi
  Nawaf Shukralla   Yaser Tulefat
  Ebrahim Saleh
CAF   Mehdi Abid Charef   Albdelhak Etchiali
  Anouar Hmila
  Gladys Lengwe
  Hamada Nampiandraza   Arsenio Marengula
  Yahaya Mahamadou
  Bamlak Tessema Weyesa   Olivier Safari
  Mark Ssonko
CONCACAF   Jair Marrufo   Frank Anderson
  Corey Rockwell
  Carol Chenard
  Ricardo Montero   Octavio Jara
  Juan Carlos Mora
  John Pitti   Gabriel Victoria
  Christian Ramírez
CONMEBOL   José Argote   Luis Murillo
  Carlos López
  Claudia Umpierrez
  Enrique Cáceres   Eduardo Cardozo
  Juan Zorrilla
  Sandro Ricci   Emerson de Carvalho
  Marcelo Van Gasse
  Gery Vargas   Juan Pablo Montaño
  Jose Alberto Antelo
OFC   Abdelkader Zitouni   Folio Moeaki
  Bernard Mutukera
  Anna-Marie Keighley
UEFA   Ovidiu Hațegan   Octavian Șovre
  Sebastian Gheorghe
  Kateryna Monzul
  Esther Staubli
  Bobby Madden   David McGeachie
  Alastair Mather
  Anastasios Sidiropoulos   Polychronis Kostaras
  Lazaros Dimitriadis
  Artur Soares Dias   Rui Barbosa Tavares
  Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares
  Anthony Taylor   Gary Beswick
  Adam Nunn
  Clément Turpin   Nicolas Danos
  Cyril Gringore
  Slavko Vinčić   Tomaz Klancnik
  Andraz Kovacic

SquadsEdit

Each team's squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will consist of 21 players.[26] Each participating national association had to confirm their final 21-player squad by 21 September 2017.[26] A total of 504 players will be participating in the tournament. The squads were announced by FIFA on 26 September 2017.[27][28]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16. The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7):[29]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points:
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times are local, IST (UTC+5:30).[30]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Ghana 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Knockout stage
2   Colombia 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3   United States 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
4   India (H) 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.
Colombia   0–1   Ghana
Report
Attendance: 24,300
India   0–3   United States
Report
Attendance: 46,351
Referee: Gery Vargas (Bolivia)

Ghana   0–1   United States
Report
India   1–2   Colombia
Report

Ghana   4–0   India
Report
United States   1–3   Colombia
Report
Attendance: 22,263

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Paraguay 3 3 0 0 10 5 +5 9 Knockout stage
2   Mali 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3   New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
4   Turkey 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Source: FIFA
New Zealand   1–1   Turkey
Report
Attendance: 9,727
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)
Paraguay   3–2   Mali
Report
Attendance: 25,342

Turkey   0–3   Mali
Report
Attendance: 18,323
Paraguay   4–2   New Zealand
Report

Turkey   1–3   Paraguay
Report
Attendance: 8,895
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Mali   3–1   New Zealand
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iran 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9 Knockout stage
2   Germany 3 2 0 1 5 6 −1 6
3   Guinea 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
4   Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Source: FIFA
Germany   2–1   Costa Rica
Report
Attendance: 12,329
Iran   3–1   Guinea
Report
Attendance: 12,329

Costa Rica   2–2   Guinea
Report
Attendance: 6,717
Iran   4–0   Germany
Report
Attendance: 8,267

Costa Rica   0–3   Iran
Report
Attendance: 8,549
Guinea   1–3   Germany
Report
Attendance: 9,250
Referee: John Pitti (Panama)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Knockout stage
2   Spain 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
3   Niger 3 1 0 2 1 6 −5 3
4   North Korea 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Source: FIFA
Brazil   2–1   Spain
Report
Attendance: 21,362
North Korea   0–1   Niger
Report

Spain   4–0   Niger
Report
North Korea   0–2   Brazil
Report
Attendance: 15,314

Spain   2–0   North Korea
Report
Attendance: 14,544
Niger   0–2   Brazil
Report
Attendance: 15,830

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 9 Knockout stage
2   Japan 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4 4
3   Honduras 3 1 0 2 7 11 −4 3
4   New Caledonia 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1
Source: FIFA
New Caledonia   1–7   France
Report
Honduras   1–6   Japan
Report

France   2–1   Japan
Report
Honduras   5–0   New Caledonia
Report

France   5–1   Honduras
Report
Japan   1–1   New Caledonia
Report
Attendance: 44,665

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   England 3 3 0 0 11 2 +9 9 Knockout stage
2   Iraq 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
3   Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4   Chile 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
Source: FIFA
Chile   0–4   England
Report
Attendance: 46,154
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Iraq   1–1   Mexico
Report
Attendance: 55,800

England   3–2   Mexico
Report
Attendance: 48,620
Iraq   3–0   Chile
Report
Attendance: 50,286

England   4–0   Iraq
Report
Attendance: 56,372
Mexico   0–0   Chile
Report

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

The four best teams among those ranked third are determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7):[29]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. fair play points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A   United States 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Knockout stage
2 E   Honduras 3 1 0 2 7 11 −4 3
3 D   Niger 3 1 0 2 1 6 −5 3
4 F   Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
5 B   New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1[a]
6 C   Guinea 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1[a]
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by disciplinary points (New Zealand: –6 pts; Guinea: –9 pts).
Combinations of matches in the Round of 16

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:[29]

  Combination according to the four qualified teams
Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
1A
vs
1B
vs
1C
vs
1D
vs
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, no extra time shall be played and the winner shall be determined by a penalty shoot-out.[29]

BracketEdit

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                           
 
16 October — New Delhi
 
 
  Colombia 0
 
22 October — Kolkata
 
  Germany 4
 
  Germany 1
 
18 October — Kochi
 
  Brazil 2
 
  Brazil 3
 
25 October — Kolkata
 
  Honduras 0
 
  Brazil 1
 
16 October — New Delhi
 
  England 3
 
  Paraguay 0
 
21 October — Margao
 
  United States 5
 
  United States 1
 
17 October — Kolkata
 
  England 4
 
  England (pen.) 0 (5)
 
28 October — Kolkata
 
  Japan 0 (3)
 
  England 5
 
17 October — Margao
 
  Spain 2
 
  Mali 5
 
21 October — Guwahati
 
  Iraq 1
 
  Mali 2
 
18 October — New Mumbai
 
  Ghana 1
 
  Ghana 2
 
25 October — New Mumbai
 
  Niger 0
 
  Mali 1
 
17 October — Guwahati
 
  Spain 3 Third place play-off
 
  France 1
 
22 October — Kochi 28 October — Kolkata
 
  Spain 2
 
  Spain 3   Brazil 2
 
17 October — Margao
 
  Iran 1   Mali 0
 
  Iran 2
 
 
  Mexico 1
 

Round of 16Edit

Colombia   0–4   Germany
Report

Paraguay   0–5   United States
Report

Iran   2–1   Mexico
Report
Attendance: 5,529

France   1–2   Spain
Report

England   0–0   Japan
Report
Penalties
5–3
Attendance: 53,302

Mali   5–1   Iraq
Report
Attendance: 9,240

Ghana   2–0   Niger
Report
Attendance: 21,286

Brazil   3–0   Honduras
Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

Mali   2–1   Ghana
Report

United States   1–4   England
Report
Attendance: 16,148

Spain   3–1   Iran
Report
Attendance: 28,436
Referee: Gery Vargas (Bolivia)

Germany   1–2   Brazil
Report
Attendance: 66,613

Semi-finalsEdit

Brazil   1–3   England
Report
Attendance: 63,881

Mali   1–3   Spain
Report
Attendance: 37,847
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Third place play-offEdit

Brazil   2–0   Mali
Report
Attendance: 56,422

FinalEdit

England   5–2   Spain
Report
Attendance: 66,684

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[34]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Phil Foden   Sergio Gomez   Rhian Brewster
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
  Rhian Brewster   Lassana N'Diaye   Abel Ruiz
8 goals 6 goals 6 goals
Golden Glove
  Gabriel Brazão
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Brazil

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   England 7 6 1 0 23 6 +17 19
2   Spain 7 5 0 2 17 10 +7 15
3   Brazil 7 6 0 1 14 5 +9 18
4   Mali 7 4 0 3 16 11 +5 12
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Iran 5 4 0 1 13 5 +8 12
6   Ghana 5 3 0 2 8 3 +5 9
7   United States 5 3 0 2 11 7 +4 9
8   Germany 5 3 0 2 10 8 +2 9
Eliminated in the Round of 16
9   France 4 3 0 1 15 5 +10 9
10   Paraguay 4 3 0 1 10 10 0 9
11   Colombia 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6
12   Japan 4 1 2 1 8 4 +4 5
13   Iraq 4 1 1 2 5 10 −5 4
14   Honduras 4 1 0 3 7 14 −7 3
15   Niger 4 1 0 3 1 8 −7 3
16   Mexico 4 0 2 2 4 6 −2 2
Eliminated at the group stage
17   Guinea 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
19   Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
20   Turkey 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
21   Chile 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
22   New Caledonia 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1
23   North Korea 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
24   India 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0

GoalscorersEdit

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
2 own goals

Source: FIFA

BroadcastingEdit

FIFA released the media licensing rights for the U-17 World Cup on 21 September 2017.[35] In India, the official broadcaster is Sony TEN and Sony ESPN.[36] In the United States, the tournament is being broadcast on Fox Sports 2 while the United Kingdom has the tournament broadcast on Eurosport.[37]

LegacyEdit

The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup was regarded as a success by the media, FIFA and the tournament organisers.[38] Jaime Yarza, Head of FIFA Tournaments, said, "It's been a fantastic tournament with an overwhelming response of everybody involved. First and foremost, the fans have filled the stadiums in all the matches, showing fair play and respect, cheering on all the teams, and really loving the football they have seen. The figures speak for themselves: more than 1.2 million fans attended games at the stadiums. By the final matchday, we’re probably going to break the [attendance] record of all the other U-17 World Cups and we might even break the record for the U-20 World Cup, which is an amazing achievement. It really shows that India is a footballing nation in every sense. The hard work put in place during so many years has received a great response from everybody. It has been a very proud moment for all of us."[39]

The tournament was the most attended and highest scoring edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in history. It was also the highest attended men's age-group World Cup ever, surpassing the attendance record of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The attendance for this World Cup was a record 1,347,133 surpassing China's 1985 edition where it was 1,230,976, and the 2011 U-20 World Cup in Columbia which was attended by 1,309,929 people.[40]

The 177 goals scored during the tournament made it the highest scoring U-17 World Cup in history, surpassing the previous record of 172 during the 2013 edition in the United Arab Emirates. The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup also recorded the highest goal average of 3.40 per match since the tournament format was expanded from 16 teams to 24 teams in 2007.[40]

In September 2017, India submitted a bid to host the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[41] but lost to Poland.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The venue of the first semi-final was moved to Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, following assessment of the pitch conditions of the original venue, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, which had been affected by severe rainfall.[31]

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