In order to prepare for the biggest football challenge FIFA U-17 World cup India is going to play series of friendly matches. India FIFA U-17 team hasn’t played any match with foreign countries since January’s 1-0 victory over Belarus. All India Football Federation (AIFF) has organized a friendly match against countries like Portugal and Italy, during a tour. Friendly match invites has also sent to countries such as Hungary, Morocco, and Bulgaria.
Newly appointed coach Luis de Matos wants India Football team to work hard and practice harder so that India can do well in the U-17 World Cup. It will be a great honor for India to host Football World Cup U-17.
AIFF also confirmed India’s participation at the Lazio Cup, which will include clubs like as Fiorentina from Italy, Sparta Prague from the Czech Republic and Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.
All this friendly matched are arranged by the governing body so that Indian Football become familiar and can understand the other countries game strategies. They can practice accordingly and make their strategies.
In this FIFA World Cup, a lot of young students are also going to have something to cheer about. As under the volunteer program, they can make their contribution to India’s success in the U-17 world cup.These students will escort the players to the ground before the match starts. They will also become the flag-bearers of the participation nations of every match.
Students will also play the roles of ballboys and ballgirls. Mission XI Million program aims of enrolling thousands of students so that they can enjoy and play the football game. This program has reached out to nearly 500 schools in Ernakulam. These students will receive master classes on such as shooting, free-kicks, passing and goalkeeping.
Ms. Adeela said “We have around 175 applications with us. Many schools could not make it in the first round due to the final exams. They could contact the office of the Fort Kochi Sub-Collector to get the forms and the football kits. FIFA would only be happy if more schools partner in this initiative,” she said