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Football: Korea to host FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017; India awarded U-17s

Korea, which co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup (pictured), will stage the 2017 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Photo: AFP.

Korea, which co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup (pictured), will stage the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Photo: AFP.

December 6, 2013: Korea Republic has been awarded the hosting rights for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017, while India will host the U-17 World Cup in the same year. Jordan will stage the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

 

Malaysia, headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation, will host the 2017 FIFA Congress, the FIFA Executive Committee announced.

 

The U-20 World Cup – inaugurated in 1977 – will be the fourth FIFA-sanctioned competition in Korea, after the 2001 Confederations Cup, the 2002 World Cup, which it co-hosted with Japan, and the 2007 U-17 World Cup.

 

Korea is only the third country, after Japan and Mexico, to host these four FIFA men’s national team events.

 

Chung Mong-gyu, President of Korea Football Association, said: “We are very satisfied and happy to win the hosting rights of this competition, as after the 2002 FIFA World Cup we were not able to bring a big FIFA tournament to Korea Republic. We were working on the preparation to get this tournament’s hosting rights from the very beginning and now we are happy that the decision came our way.

 

“Previously, we co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Japan and now we are ready to host the second-biggest FIFA competition alone and this means a lot to us. We will do our best to host it successfully.”

 

The 2017 U-20 World Cup will be the 21st edition of FIFA’s premier age-group tournament, with 24 countries set to participate. New Zealand will host the 2015 edition.

 

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa expressed confidence that the Asian nations are deserving hosts of the FIFA age-group competitions and FIFA Congress.

 

“It is very important that a long-lasting legacy can be left in Jordan, India and Korea Republic,” he said. “AFC will have the great privilege to host the international football family for its annual congress on its home turf. This is not only an outstanding honour but also an opportunity to showcase to the world what Asia has achieved and will accomplish in the years to follow.”

 

Source: AFC

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