Agence France-PresseDecember 5, 2013 15:48
FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed Thursday that India will host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
Eight venues have been shortlisted to be pared down to six -- Goa, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
The news was greeted with elation among Indian officials
"This is historic, this is what we have been waiting for," said Praful Patel, president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
"FIFA has been extremely supportive of All India Football Federation's ambitions and taking Indian Football to the world level," said Patel.