FIFA picks India, Jordan to host youth World Cups
Soccer’s governing body has made the ”geopolitical decision”
to choose India as a youth World Cup host for the first time.
Jordan will be the first Arabic host of a women’s tournament.
India gets the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, and the Under-17
Women’s World Cup goes to Jordan in 2016.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference that
selecting India was ”really a sports political, a geopolitical
He called Jordan’s victory ”another landmark for FIFA” that an
Arabic country would organize a women’s competition.
In other decisions, South Korea will stage the Under-20 World
Cup in 2017, and South Africa the 2016 Under-20 Women’s World
FIFA’s congress of 209 member countries will be held in Mexico
City in 2016 and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017.