Hosts India was handed a tough draw for the group stages of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in October 2022. They are placed alongside USA, Brazil, and Morocco. The draw took place at the FIFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The USA finished runners-up in 2008 while Brazil has reached the quarter-finals on two occasions. They have five and six World Cup appearances to their name respectively.

“It’s a very exciting group for us. Playing against the USA and Brazil will be extremely tough as they are among the best teams in the world. Even Morocco is a very strong team from Africa. It’s a tough group, but we have to be prepared and hope to give a good fight in every game,” India head coach Thomas Dennerby said after they were handed a tough draw for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. “But we also have three and a half months to prepare. So we need to work very hard every day in our training sessions. When you are playing in a World Cup, you need to aim to take points and qualify for the quarterfinals. If we can manage that, it will be sensational.”

“This draw not only marks an important milestone for India as a host nation but also for the global football community as we continue to return to normal after the global pandemic. This tournament is now able to take place securely, is a testament to the hard work of all those who were able to make this tournament possible,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said. “As a direct result of this tournament, a new generation of young women will be inspired to follow the footsteps of those they see playing in the tournament and will be created. We saw in 2017 when India hosted a record-breaking edition of the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup, and in 2022 I am certain we will see that again. Such an impact will always last long after the final ball is kicked.”

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