The DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai has been given the opportunity to host the final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022. FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, have officially announced the schedule for the tournament.
Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium has been announced as the host for the home matches of India’s group stage fixtures, while Goa will host both semi-final matches in the country’s first-ever FIFA women’s event.
On October 21, Navi Mumbai will host two quarterfinal games. The final and third-place decider match will be held at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on October 30.
According to the schedule, the 24 group stage games will be split among the three host states—Maharashtra, Odisha, and Goa—and will conclude on October 18. The quarter-final round of games will take place on October 21 and 22, followed by the semi-finals on October 26 at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa.
Speaking about this historic moment for women’s football in the country, Aaditya Thackeray, Cabinet minister, Government of Maharashtra, Vice president, Western India Football Association (WIFA), and President, Mumbai District Football Association said, “Another feather in the cap for Navi Mumbai, as it is set to host the final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. Maharashtra is ready to welcome the best women footballers from across the globe. We have the determination and capacity to successfully host big-ticket tournaments and, similarly, we shall leave no stones unturned in making this edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup the best so far.”
The DY Patil has been the host of many major events in the recent past. It has hosted matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, and the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Ankush Arora and Nandini Arora, the Project Directors of the Local Organizing Committee of the tournament, in a joint statement said, “We are extremely grateful to FIFA, our host states and all other stakeholders for their continued support in the aligned vision of uplifting women’s football.
“The launch of the schedule is a significant moment on the road to the historic tournament. The preparations for hosting India’s second FIFA competition are progressing as per timelines and we remain confident of delivering a highly successful tournament, one which will provide a platform for future stars of women’s football to shine.”