India will host the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, FIFA confirmed in a statement on Friday.
The development comes after India played hosts to FIFA U-17 men’s World Cup. Javier Ceppi, the then U-17 men’s World Cup tournament director congratulated India after the development with a tweet saying, “amazing news for India and the women’s game”
The decision to award the rights to India was taken at the FIFA Council meeting in Miami.
In the meeting, members of FIFA’s strategic and decision making body voted on a number of agenda items that will shape the future of international competitions. With the U-17 World Cup awarded to India, it will be an opportunity of a lifetime for the national women’s team to leave a mark on the world’s football map.
The women from Spain will put their title on defence when India play hosts to the biennial showpiece. Spain defeated Mexico in the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay 2018 to lift the prestigious title while New Zealand and Canada finished third and fourth respectively.