Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the logo of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 here at Kalinga Stadium today.
As many as 16 countries will take part in 7th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled from October 11 till October 30.
India is hosting FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup at three venues — Kalinga Stadium (Bhubaneswar), Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Goa) and DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai). This will be the first FIFA women’s competition to be held in India and the first FIFA competition to be hosted by the state of Odisha.
According to reports, three matches will be played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The first match between India and USA will be held at Kalinga Stadium on October 11. India will face Morocco and Brazil on October 14 and October 17 respectively at the same venue in Bhubaneswar. The tickets for the games can be purchased from fifa.com/tickets.
Speaking on the occasion Patnaik said, “Odisha is emerging as a leading sports destination and hosting the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022™️ is a momentous opportunity for our state.”
“The official Host City Logo launch of Odisha is an important milestone which also signifies the progress of women’s football. We are excited to host the best young female footballers from across the world and especially, the Indian team who will be playing all their group stage games at the Kalinga Stadium,” he said.
“As the Indian team makes their first appearance in a FIFA women’s competition, I encourage the people of Odisha to show their support in strong numbers at the stadium,” Patnaik added.
He also launched a 35-day-long football carnival that will reach out to students in schools across the county. The Kick Off The Dream™️ Football carnival aims at introducing football to children and leveraging its power to normalize gender-inclusive participation, features fun football-themed games and activities as well as one five-a-side football pitch and two three-a-side football pitches. The special initiative will engage nearly 60,000 school children over 35 days and conclude on October 17, 2022.
Project Directors of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the tournament, Ankush Arora and Nandini Arora, also conveyed their sentiments of gratitude, while encouraging the people to visit the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
“The state of Odisha has been forthcoming, proactive and generous with their support, time and initiatives. We are very thankful to CM Naveen Patnaik and all other stakeholders who have left no stone unturned in preparing to successfully conduct the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022™️.
“It gives us great pleasure that everyone remains aligned in their vision of making sure all participating nations enjoy great hospitality as they ready themselves to enthral audiences with their skill and talent. This youth World Cup is also a wonderful opportunity for the people to watch the best young international footballers live from the stadium and show support for women’s football, which is fast progressing,” said LOC Project Directors, Nandini Arora and Ankush Arora, in a joint statement.
Here’s the complete schedule of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022: