India is on a serious bid to host the 2015 Club World Cup and the 2017 U-17 World Cup in the presence of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Sepp Blatter arrived in India on Friday to discuss a potential bid for the 2017 U-17 World Cup. He will also inspect the footballing infrastructure of the country.
FIFA, however, had agreed in January to award the Under-17 World Cup to India. AIFF’s decision to bid for the Club World Cup was unexpected.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Mr. Praful Patel is confident about India’s chances. He said that “If we start working on the under-17 team now, we will be ready for the World Cup. We can get a wild card entry as the hosts”. Mr. Patel is hoping to see the bid going through.
The decision on India’s bid will be taken by the FIFA executive committee in Zurich later this month.
Blatter said that “The U-17 World Cup fits India’s scheme of things. It will be a step in the right direction in terms of grass roots development. There is a good possibility. But I am not the only one in FIFA who decides.” India has to start working with the U-12 teams, he added.
Blatter also said that there is a possibility that the tournament will be held in Asia. If it is played in India then the country’s top team will get the opportunity to participate in the tournament.
AIFF president assured Mr. Blatter that he will get all the bid papers ready before leaving India. “The AIFF will put in its best efforts to get the two tournaments,”