2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup was the 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup, a biennial international football tournament contested by men's under-17 national teams. Organized by FIFA, the tournament took place in India between 6 and 28 October 2017, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 5 December 2013. The tournament marked the first time India have hosted a FIFA tournament and the first Asian hosted U-17 World Cup since 2013. The attendance for this World Cup was a record 1,347,133 surpassing China's 1985 edition where it was 1,230,976.

The matches were played in six stadiums in six host cities around the country, with the final taking place at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal. Twenty-three teams, besides the host India, managed to qualify for the tournament via participating in their various continental under-17 tournaments. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four for points, where the top two teams in each group along with the top four third placed teams would advance to the next round. These 16 teams will advance to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play will decide which teams would participate in the final.

The reigning FIFA U-17 World Cup champions, Nigeria, did not have the opportunity to defend their title after failing to qualify for this edition. In failing to qualify, Nigeria became the first incumbent title holder since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the subsequent edition.

England won the U-17 World Cup for the first time after coming back from a two-goal deficit and beating Spain 5–2 in the final.[1] This meant England became the second nation, after Brazil in 2003, to win both of FIFA's under-age (U-20 and U-17) World Cup tournaments in the same calendar year.[2][3] England has also become the third country, after Brazil and North Korea, to win both U-17 and U-20 World Cup in their respective gender tournaments on the same year, as North Korea had also won both U-17 and U-20 Women's World Cup last year. The Official Match Ball of the Tournament is Adidas Krasava.[4]

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
Official logo
Tournament details
Host country India
Dates 6–28 October (22 days)
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England (1st title)
Runners-up  Spain
Third place  Brazil
Fourth place  Mali
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 183 (3.52 per match)
Attendance 1,347,133 (25,906 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Rhian Brewster (8 goals)
Best player England Phil Foden
Best goalkeeper Brazil Gabriel Brazão

Host selection

The bids for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup had to be submitted by 15 November 2013.[5] On 28 May 2013 it was announced by FIFA that Azerbaijan, India, Republic of Ireland, and Uzbekistan would bid for the hosting rights.[6]

Finally, on 5 December 2013, FIFA announced that India had won the 2017 FIFA World Cup hosting rights.[7]

Qualified teams

As host, India made their first ever appearance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and their first appearance in the World Cup at any age level.[8] As well as India, New Caledonia and Niger also made their first appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[9]

The previous U-17 World Cup title holders, Nigeria, failed to qualify for this edition. In failing to qualify, Nigeria became the first nation since Switzerland in 2009 to fail to qualify for the next edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup after winning the previous edition.[10]

A total of 24 teams qualified for the final tournament. In addition to India, the other 23 teams qualified from six separate continental competitions. Starting from 2017, the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) will receive an additional spot (in total two spots), while UEFA will have five instead of six spots.[11]

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) Host Nation  India1
2016 AFC U-16 Championship  Iraq
 Iran
 Japan
 North Korea
CAF (Africa) 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations  Ghana
 Guinea
 Mali
 Niger1
CONCACAF
(Central, North America and Caribbean)
2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship  Costa Rica
 Honduras
 Mexico
 United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 2017 South American Under-17 Championship  Brazil
 Chile
 Colombia
 Paraguay
OFC (Oceania) 2017 OFC U-17 Championship  New Caledonia1
 New Zealand
UEFA (Europe) 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship  England
 France
 Germany
 Spain
 Turkey
1.^ Teams that will make their debut.

Organization

Preparation

The six venues selected for the tournament were given major renovations prior to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[12] All the stadiums were given new bucket seats, new dressing rooms, new evacuation exits for fans, and new training grounds.[12] Javier Ceppi, the Local Organising Committee director, stated that despite work starting slowly, things eventually became quicker. "It has been a long process in the last two and half years. In India, it takes time to start things but once things start it kind of picks its own pace and in terms of implementation I always say that India is a very good country when it comes to implementation."[13]

Emblem

The official emblem for the tournament was launched on 27 September 2016 at a hotel in Goa during the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship.[14] According to the press release from FIFA the emblem was designed "as a celebration of the country’s richness and diversity of cultures, with the main elements of the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra, an integral part of the national identity."[14]

Tickets

Sales of tickets for the FIFA U-17 World Cup began on 16 May 2017 during a function in Delhi. Carles Puyol was present during the ticket sales launch as special guest.[15] General ticket sales officially began on 17 May 2017 at 19:11. The time was selected as a tribute to when Mohun Bagan defeated East Yorkshire Regiment in the IFA Shield in 1911, marking the first time an Indian football club defeated a British side in British India.[15] Tickets for the tournament were sold in four phases: Phase one only sold tickets for categories 1 to 3 at each venue with a 60% discount while phase two allowed people to buy tickets for all categories, but only if you are a Visa card holder, at a 50% discount. Phase three allowed anyone to buy tickets with a 25% discount while phase four had tickets at full price.[16] The attendance for matches breached the million mark in the final match of the Round of 16, which made India only the third nation after China and Mexico to register an attendance of over a million for the event.[17] On 28 October 2017, in the 3rd place match-up between Brazil and Mali, India finally beat the existing record of 1,230,976 set in the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship edition in China on 28 October 2017.[18] The final attendance figures were 1,347,133.

Venues

After being awarded the hosting rights for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, eight locations were shortlisted: Bangalore, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.[19] On 29 May 2015, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, and Pune were provisionally selected as host locations.[20] On 27 October 2016, FIFA officially announced Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, and Navi Mumbai as the official host cities for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.[21]

Kolkata Kochi New Delhi
Salt Lake Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Capacity: 66,600[22] Capacity: 41,700[22] Capacity: 58,000[22]
Salt Lake Stadium - Yuva Bharati Krirangan , Kolkata - Calcutta Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi, Kerala Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup (India)
Navi Mumbai Guwahati Margao
DY Patil Stadium Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium Fatorda Stadium
Capacity: 41,000[22] Capacity: 23,800[22] Capacity: 16,200[22]
Dr. D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai, Maharashta Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, Assam Fatorda Stadium, Margao, Goa

Draw

The draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup was held on 7 July 2017 in Mumbai.[23] The draw was attended by former U-17 World Cup champions Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) and Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina), as well as India senior international Sunil Chhetri and badminton player P. V. Sindhu.[23]

The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with hosts India being allocated to position A1.[24] The rest of the teams were allocated into their respective pots based on a ranking which was built according to past performances during the last five FIFA U-17 World Cups.[24] Importance was given to the most recent U-17 World Cups.[24]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Referees

FIFA's Referees' Committee selected 21 referees, representing all six confederations, to officiate at the U-17 World Cup: Seven from UEFA, four from CONMEBOL, three each from the AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF, and one from the OFC.[25] No referee from host country India were selected to officiate.[25]

Confederation Referee Assistant referees Support referee
AFC Singapore Muhammad Taqi Singapore Lee Tzu Liang
Singapore Koh Min Kiat
North Korea Ri Hyang-ok
Japan Ryuji Sato Japan Toru Sagara
Japan Hiroshi Yamauchi
Bahrain Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain Yaser Tulefat
Bahrain Ebrahim Saleh
CAF Algeria Mehdi Abid Charef Algeria Albdelhak Etchiali
Tunisia Anouar Hmila
Zambia Gladys Lengwe
Madagascar Hamada Nampiandraza Mozambique Arsenio Marengula
Niger Yahaya Mahamadou
Ethiopia Bamlak Tessema Weyesa Democratic Republic of the Congo Olivier Safari
Uganda Mark Ssonko
CONCACAF United States Jair Marrufo United States Frank Anderson
United States Corey Rockwell
Canada Carol Chenard
Costa Rica Ricardo Montero Costa Rica Octavio Jara
Costa Rica Juan Carlos Mora
Panama John Pitti Panama Gabriel Victoria
Honduras Christian Ramírez
CONMEBOL Venezuela José Argote Venezuela Luis Murillo
Venezuela Carlos López
Uruguay Claudia Umpierrez
Paraguay Enrique Cáceres Paraguay Eduardo Cardozo
Paraguay Juan Zorrilla
Brazil Sandro Ricci Brazil Emerson de Carvalho
Brazil Marcelo Van Gasse
Bolivia Gery Vargas Bolivia Juan Pablo Montaño
Bolivia Jose Alberto Antelo
OFC French Polynesia Abdelkader Zitouni Tonga Folio Moeaki
Solomon Islands Bernard Mutukera
New Zealand Anna-Marie Keighley
UEFA Romania Ovidiu Hațegan Romania Octavian Șovre
Romania Sebastian Gheorghe
Ukraine Kateryna Monzul
Switzerland Esther Staubli
Scotland Bobby Madden Scotland David McGeachie
Scotland Alastair Mather
Greece Anastasios Sidiropoulos Greece Polychronis Kostaras
Greece Lazaros Dimitriadis
Portugal Artur Soares Dias Portugal Rui Barbosa Tavares
Portugal Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares
England Anthony Taylor England Gary Beswick
England Adam Nunn
France Clément Turpin France Nicolas Danos
France Cyril Gringore
Slovenia Slavko Vinčić Slovenia Tomaz Klancnik
Slovenia Andraz Kovacic

Squads

Each team's squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will consist of 21 players.[26] Each participating national association had to confirm their final 21-player squad by 21 September 2017.[26] A total of 504 players will be participating in the tournament. The squads were announced by FIFA on 26 September 2017.[27][28]

Group stage

The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16. The rankings of teams in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7):[29]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. fair play points:
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    • direct red card: minus 4 points;
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

All times are local, IST (UTC+5:30).[30]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ghana 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Knockout stage
2  Colombia 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  United States 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
4  India (H) 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Colombia  0–1  Ghana
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  • Ibrahim Goal 39'
India  0–3  United States
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Ghana  0–1  United States
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India  1–2  Colombia
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  • Peñaloza Goal 49'83'
Ghana  4–0  India
  • Ayiah Goal 43'52'
  • Danso Goal 86'
  • Toku Goal 87'
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United States  1–3  Colombia
  • Acosta Goal 24'
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Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Paraguay 3 3 0 0 10 5 +5 9 Knockout stage
2  Mali 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
3  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
4  Turkey 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
New Zealand  1–1  Turkey
  • Mata Goal 58'
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  • Kutucu Goal 18'
Paraguay  3–2  Mali
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  • Dramé Goal 20'
  • Ndiaye Goal 34'
Turkey  0–3  Mali
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  • D. Traoré Goal 38'
  • Ndiaye Goal 68'
  • Konaté Goal 86'
Paraguay  4–2  New Zealand
  • Rodríguez Goal 2'
  • Vega Goal 75'78'
  • Armoa Goal 90+1'
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Turkey  1–3  Paraguay
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Mali  3–1  New Zealand
  • Salam Goal 18'
  • D. Traoré Goal 50'
  • Ndiaye Goal 82'
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  • Spragg Goal 72'

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9 Knockout stage
2  Germany 3 2 0 1 5 6 −1 6
3  Guinea 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
4  Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
Germany  2–1  Costa Rica
  • Arp Goal 21'
  • Awuku Goal 89'
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  • Gómez Goal 64'
Iran  3–1  Guinea
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  • Touré Goal 90+1'
Costa Rica  2–2  Guinea
  • Jarquin Goal 26'
  • Gómez Goal 67'
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  • Touré Goal 30'
  • I. Soumah Goal 81'
Iran  4–0  Germany
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Costa Rica  0–3  Iran
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Guinea  1–3  Germany
  • I. Soumah Goal 26'
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Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9 Knockout stage
2  Spain 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
3  Niger 3 1 0 2 1 6 −5 3
4  North Korea 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Brazil  2–1  Spain
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  • Wesley Goal 5' (o.g.)
North Korea  0–1  Niger
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  • Abdourahmane Goal 59'
Spain  4–0  Niger
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North Korea  0–2  Brazil
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Spain  2–0  North Korea
  • Moha Goal 4'
  • César Goal 71'
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Niger  0–2  Brazil
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Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 9 Knockout stage
2  Japan 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4 4
3  Honduras 3 1 0 2 7 11 −4 3
4  New Caledonia 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1
New Caledonia  1–7  France
  • Wadenges Goal 90'
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  • Iwa Goal 5' (o.g.)
  • Gouiri Goal 19'33'
  • Gomes Goal 30'
  • Caqueret Goal 40'
  • Wanesse Goal 43' (o.g.)
  • Isidor Goal 90+1'
Honduras  1–6  Japan
  • Palacios Goal 36'
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  • Nakamura Goal 22'30'43'
  • Kubo Goal 45'
  • Miyashiro Goal 51'
  • Suzuki Goal 90'
France  2–1  Japan
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  • Miyashiro Goal 73' (pen.)
Honduras  5–0  New Caledonia
  • Mejía Goal 25'42'
  • Canales Goal 27'
  • Palacios Goal 51'88'
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France  5–1  Honduras
  • Isidor Goal 14'
  • Flips Goal 23'64'
  • Gouiri Goal 86'
  • Adli Goal 90+6'
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  • Mejía Goal 10'
Japan  1–1  New Caledonia
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  • Jeno Goal 83'

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 3 0 0 11 2 +9 9 Knockout stage
2  Iraq 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
3  Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4  Chile 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
Chile  0–4  England
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Iraq  1–1  Mexico
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England  3–2  Mexico
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Iraq  3–0  Chile
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England  4–0  Iraq
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Mexico  0–0  Chile
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Ranking of third-placed teams

The four best teams among those ranked third are determined as follows (regulations Article 17.7):[29]

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. fair play points;
  5. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A  United States 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Knockout stage
2 E  Honduras 3 1 0 2 7 11 −4 3
3 D  Niger 3 1 0 2 1 6 −5 3
4 F  Mexico 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
5 B  New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1[a]
6 C  Guinea 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1[a]
  1. ^ a b Ranked by disciplinary points (New Zealand: –6 pts; Guinea: –9 pts).
Combinations of matches in the Round of 16

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualified for the round of 16:[29]

Third-placed teams
qualify from groups
1A
vs
1B
vs
1C
vs
1D
vs
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E

Knockout stage

In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, no extra time shall be played and the winner shall be determined by a penalty shoot-out.[29]

Bracket

 
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 
                           
 
16 October — New Delhi
 
 
 Colombia 0
 
22 October — Kolkata
 
 Germany 4
 
 Germany 1
 
18 October — Kochi
 
 Brazil 2
 
 Brazil 3
 
25 October — Kolkata
 
 Honduras 0
 
 Brazil 1
 
16 October — New Delhi
 
 England 3
 
 Paraguay 0
 
21 October — Margao
 
 United States 5
 
 United States 1
 
17 October — Kolkata
 
 England 4
 
 England (pen.) 0 (5)
 
28 October — Kolkata
 
 Japan 0 (3)
 
 England 5
 
17 October — Margao
 
 Spain 2
 
 Mali 5
 
21 October — Guwahati
 
 Iraq 1
 
 Mali 2
 
18 October — New Mumbai
 
 Ghana 1
 
 Ghana 2
 
25 October — New Mumbai
 
 Niger 0
 
 Mali 1
 
17 October — Guwahati
 
 Spain 3 Third place play-off
 
 France 1
 
22 October — Kochi 28 October — Kolkata
 
 Spain 2
 
 Spain 3  Brazil 2
 
17 October — Margao
 
 Iran 1  Mali 0
 
 Iran 2
 
 
 Mexico 1
 

Round of 16

Colombia  0–4  Germany
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Paraguay  0–5  United States
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Iran  2–1  Mexico
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France  1–2  Spain
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England  0–0  Japan
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Penalties
5–3
Mali  5–1  Iraq
  • Dramé Goal 25'
  • Ndiaye Goal 33'90+4'
  • Konaté Goal 73'
  • S. Camara Goal 87'
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  • Kareem Goal 85'
Ghana  2–0  Niger
  • Ayiah Goal 45+4' (pen.)
  • Danso Goal 90'
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Brazil  3–0  Honduras
  • Brenner Goal 11'56'
  • Marcos Antônio Goal 44'
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Quarter-finals

Mali  2–1  Ghana
  • Dramé Goal 15'
  • D. Traoré Goal 61'
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  • Mohammed K. Goal 70' (pen.)
United States  1–4  England
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Spain  3–1  Iran
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  • Karimi Goal 69'
Germany  1–2  Brazil
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Semi-finals

Brazil  1–3  England
  • Wesley Goal 21'
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Mali  1–3  Spain
  • N'Diaye Goal 74'
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Third place play-off

Brazil  2–0  Mali
  • Alan Goal 55'
  • Yuri Goal 88'
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Final

England  5–2  Spain
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Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament.[34]

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
England Phil Foden Spain Sergio Gomez England Rhian Brewster
Golden Boot Silver Boot Bronze Boot
England Rhian Brewster Mali Lassana N'Diaye Spain Abel Ruiz
8 goals 6 goals 6 goals
Golden Glove
Brazil Gabriel Brazão
FIFA Fair Play Award
 Brazil

Final ranking

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  England 7 6 1 0 23 6 +17 19
2  Spain 7 5 0 2 17 10 +7 15
3  Brazil 7 6 0 1 14 5 +9 18
4  Mali 7 4 0 3 16 11 +5 12
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Iran 5 4 0 1 13 5 +8 12
6  Ghana 5 3 0 2 8 3 +5 9
7  United States 5 3 0 2 11 7 +4 9
8  Germany 5 3 0 2 10 8 +2 9
Eliminated in the Round of 16
9  France 4 3 0 1 15 5 +10 9
10  Paraguay 4 3 0 1 10 10 0 9
11  Colombia 4 2 0 2 5 7 −2 6
12  Japan 4 1 2 1 8 4 +4 5
13  Iraq 4 1 1 2 5 10 −5 4
14  Honduras 4 1 0 3 7 14 −7 3
15  Niger 4 1 0 3 1 8 −7 3
16  Mexico 4 0 2 2 4 6 −2 2
Eliminated at the group stage
17  Guinea 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
 New Zealand 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
19  Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 3 7 −4 1
20  Turkey 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
21  Chile 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1
22  New Caledonia 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1
23  North Korea 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
24  India 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0

Goalscorers

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
  • Brazil Wesley (playing against Spain)
  • Chile Diego Valencia (playing against Iraq)
  • Bernard Iwa (playing against France)
  • Kiam Wanesse (playing against France)
2 own goals
  • Paraguay Alexis Duarte (playing against New Zealand)

Source: FIFA

Broadcasting

FIFA released the media licensing rights for the U-17 World Cup on 21 September 2017.[35] In India, the official broadcaster is Sony TEN and Sony ESPN.[36] In the United States, the tournament is being broadcast on Fox Sports 2 while the United Kingdom has the tournament broadcast on Eurosport.[37]

Legacy

The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup was regarded as a success by the media, FIFA and the tournament organisers.[38] Jaime Yarza, Head of FIFA Tournaments, said, "It's been a fantastic tournament with an overwhelming response of everybody involved. First and foremost, the fans have filled the stadiums in all the matches, showing fair play and respect, cheering on all the teams, and really loving the football they have seen. The figures speak for themselves: more than 1.2 million fans attended games at the stadiums. By the final matchday, we’re probably going to break the [attendance] record of all the other U-17 World Cups and we might even break the record for the U-20 World Cup, which is an amazing achievement. It really shows that India is a footballing nation in every sense. The hard work put in place during so many years has received a great response from everybody. It has been a very proud moment for all of us."[39]

The tournament was the most attended and highest scoring edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in history. It was also the highest attended men's age-group World Cup ever, surpassing the attendance record of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The attendance for this World Cup was a record 1,347,133 surpassing China's 1985 edition where it was 1,230,976, and the 2011 U-20 World Cup in Columbia which was attended by 1,309,929 people.[40]

The 177 goals scored during the tournament made it the highest scoring U-17 World Cup in history, surpassing the previous record of 172 during the 2013 edition in the United Arab Emirates. The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup also recorded the highest goal average of 3.40 per match since the tournament format was expanded from 16 teams to 24 teams in 2007.[40]

In September 2017, India submitted a bid to host the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup,[41] but lost to Poland.

Notes

  1. ^ The venue of the first semi-final was moved to Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, following assessment of the pitch conditions of the original venue, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati, which had been affected by severe rainfall.[31]

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