FIFA U-17 World Cup in India set to go past China 1985 as best-attended edition of showpiece event
With the figures in the tournament in India being just 6,000 behind China 1985, the attendance in the final at the Salt Lake Stadium is all set to be a full house of 66,687 with all the tickets sold out well in advance.
With just 6,000 spectators behind, the current edition in India is set to get past China as the best-attended FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The second semi-final at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, where Spain defeated Mali 3-1 to set up a final date with England, saw a turnout of 37,487 to take the overall tally to 12,24,027, which is just 6,000 behind the total attendance in that recorded in the inaugural edition in China in 1985.
The final attendance at the Salt Lake Stadium is all set to be a full house of 66,687 with all the tickets sold out well in advance.
Relocated in less than 48 hours' notice, the Kolkata fans did not disappoint as the organisers recorded an official attendance of 63,881 for the England-Brazil semi-final.
The record attendance at this edition in India has been in the quarters between Brazil and Germany.
Belgium and Brazil retain first and second spots respectively, while England make their first appearance on the podium in nine years on the back of two wins and a draw in recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The 71-year-old Frenchman, who is now director of development at FIFA, also called for a single annual period of international qualifiers in a global football calendar.
The South African Football Association must get government approval to hold the tournament and meetings with the sports minister were also planned, Jordaan said.