FIFA Under-17 World Cup draw: As it happened.....
Hosts India will play the USA in their opening encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on October 6 in New Delhi.
India, New Caledonia and Niger are making their debuts in the tournament.
Group A: India, USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Praguay, Mali, New Zealand and Turkey
Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group D: DPR Korea, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group E: Honduras, Japan, Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England
Chile join Group F on the position F3.
New Caledonia join Group E on the position E3. This is their first appearance in a FIFA tournament along with India and Niger.
Paraguay join Group B on the position B1. This is their fourth appearance in the tournament.
India's schedule for FIFA U-17 WC
vs USA (Oct 6, 8pm)
vs Colombia (Oct 9, 8pm)
vs Ghana (Oct 12, 8pm)
All matches at JLN Stadium, Delhi
Niger join Group D on the position D2. Niger will be participating in a FIFA tournament for the first time.
Guinea join Group C on the position C2.
Turkey join Group B on the position B4. New Zealand and Mali are the other teams in the group.
Iraq get Group F on the position F1. Iraq will face Mexico in their first game.
Ghana complete Group A. They join India, USA and Colombia.
Group A -
United States of America
Honduras join Japan and France in Group E on the position E1.
Costa Rica join Group C on the position C4. Costa Rica reached the quarterfinal in the previous U-17 World Cup in Chile.
North Korea get Group D to avoid teams from Asia on the position D1.
Japan get the Group E on the position E2.
England have joined Mexico in Group F on position F4.
India to play the USA on October 6 at 8 pm in New Delhi
Colombia join India and USA in Group A at A3 position.
In Group C, Iran take the C1 position
New Zealand are B3 in Group B
After Brazil, Spain in Group D at position Group D4
India are joined in Group A by the United States of America.
Group E has France at E4
Mexico at position F2 in Group F
Brazil, three-time champions of U-17 World Cup are in Group D and take the D3 position.
Germany in Group C and take the C3 position
Mali are in Group B and take the B2 position
India are in Group A and are team A1
PV Sindhu, Sunil Chhetri, Nwankwo Kanu, Esteban Cambiasso are on the stage to kickstart the draw.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel says "we can wait to see 24 talented teams take the ground in October."
"It is my dream that kids in all streets play football and I'm sure we'll realise the dream," says Vijay Goel.
Kanu brings the prestigious FIFA U-17 WC trophy to the stage while Cambiasso presents the official match ball, delivered by Kheleo (mascot).
The six venues for the FIFA U-17 WC are in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Guwahati and Kolkata.
Pot 1: India, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Mali, France
Pot 2: Spain, Japan, New Zealand, England, Iran, United States
Pot 3: Costa Rica, North Korea, Honduras, Iraq, Turkey, Colombia
Pot 4: Chile, Paraguay, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, New Caledonia
New Delhi: The official draw of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup is being held in Mumbai. Considered as the breeding ground of future stars, one of FIFA's blue riband tournament is scheduled to be held in India from 6-28 October.
India, despite being an outsider to the world football, was given the honour to host the biennial tournament considering the huge potential it carries, and thus the colts earned a direct entry. But how well Luis Norton de Matos' boys perform in the competition will depend partly on the draw.