Kolkata: Reinstating the importance of India’s first FIFA Tournament, Project Director of the LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Joy Bhattacharjya today said that the tournament will inspire sporting fans across the country which will help contribute towards the growth of football in India.

Addressing a press conference in Kolkata today, Bhattacharjya detailed out the plans to take fans closer to the game through various exciting fan engagement activities such as the Mission XI Million festivals and the Trophy Experience.

“This is the first time fans across any sport in India will get to witness a real winners trophy and not a replica. The FIFA U-17 World trophy will tour the six Host Cities from later this month, presenting a chance to see the real trophy before the eventual winners lift it on October 28,” he said.

He also stated that the football crazy fans in Kolkata need not be disappointed if they have not been able to get a chance to get their tickets.

“Despite the massive response from the fans in Kolkata, we are pleased to inform that tickets to many big games including the Round of 16 and Quarter finals are still available. A lot of tickets for England and Chile games are still available for fans as well. We are glad Kolkata has some quality games in the group stage matches that include the likes of players such as Jadon Sancho who is currently training with senior Manchester City squad,” added Bhattacharjya.

Joy also confirmed that the ticket sales in Delhi for the India matches has witnessed massive interest. “Sales in Delhi has definitely picked up after it was announced India will play at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital,” he concluded.

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