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FIFA postpones U-17 Women's World Cup in India due to COVID-19

The FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, to be held in India in November, was postponed by football's governing body on Saturday, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

The tournament was to be held at five venues in the country -- Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai -- from November 2 to 21. It was to be competed among 16 teams, with hosts India being automatic qualifiers in what would have been India's maiden appearance in the U-17 Women's World Cup.

The decision...

FIFA mulls 'solutions' as coronavirus cloud looms over women's U-17 World Cup

The fate of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, scheduled to be hosted across five cities in India between November 2 and November 21, hangs in the balance following the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"FIFA is currently monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 in India in close collaboration with the Local Organising Committee (LOC), as well as other key stakeholders including the All India Football Federation (AIFF), Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and relevant authorities...

What hosting the U-17 Women's World Cup could mean for India

India have been awarded the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, their second FIFA event inside three years after having hosted the 2017 variant of the same event in men's football.

While the dates and venues haven't been decided yet, with the former yet to be pencilled in within FIFA's own calendar of events, here's what India can learn from the 2017 event, and how best to apply those lessons in 2020.

In terms of organisation, there should be no issues

The 2017 World Cup proved that India can put...

India need defensive discipline, improved finishing in U-16 quarter-finals

India held Indonesia to a draw in their final game to reach the last eight of the U-16 Championships for the first time since 2002.
India held Indonesia to a draw in their final game to reach the last eight of the U-16 Championships for the first time since 2002.

India are through to the quarterfinals of the AFC U-16 Championships in Malaysia, following a goalless draw with Indonesia in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. This will be their first appearance at the last eight of this event, a qualification for the U-17 World Cup in Peru in 2019, since 2002.

While they have put in spirited efforts in all three group games, their maturity will be stretched in the quarterfinal, where they are likely to face in-form South Korea on Monday in order to qualify for the U-17...