Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi stated that the upcoming FIFA U17 World Cup 2017 must be a catalyst for change in Indian Football. He also called a special programme called “Mission XI Million“, that is set to target students from more than 15,000 schools across the nation. He also said that the U-17 World Cup should not remain the final objective as far as the sport is concerned.
FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 Must Be A Catalyst For Change
PM Mr. Narendra Modi said “India is going to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, but successful hosting of the event alone cannot be our final objective. FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 must be a catalyst for change, the tipping point for football in the country, which can only be done by creating a mass movement around it. The objective is to give an opportunity to every child in the country to play football.
PM Modi also highlighted “Mission XI Million”. About this campaign, he said “Mission XI Million will take the beautiful game of Football to at least 11 million boys and girls around the country. Children in every state, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Kutch to Arunachal Pradesh will get a chance to learn, play and enjoy Football. More than 15000 schools around the country will be partners in this.”
“We need the support not just of children but also of every parent and every teacher to encourage boys and girls to play football and develop both skills and fitness. I am confident that these children will be able to take Indian Football to its rightful place in the World.”
The FIFA U17 World Cup kicks off from 6 October 2017. Final will be played on 28 October 2017. The competition will be played by 24 Football teams. You can read full info about U17 FIFA World Cup 2017 here.