India confirmed as hosts of 2016 AFC U-16 championships

The Asian Football Confederation have officially confirmed India as hosts of the 2016 AFC U-16 Finals.

It was more than a year back in May 2014 that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had first expressed its interest in hosting the continental championship. The AIFF believes the championship is a perfect build up to India hosting the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup.

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It was more than a year back in May 2014 that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had first expressed its interest in hosting the continental championship. Reuters

Speaking on the occasion, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said, "The AFC U-16 Championship will enable our national team to gain valuable experience before 2017 while also giving us a great opportunity to test our organisational capabilities before the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.”

Furthermore, the Indian U-16 national team will also be participating in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in September 2015, the draw for which will be held on 5 June 5 in Malaysia.

"India as host nation have already qualified — but the team will still be participating in the qualifiers to give them maximum international exposure in the lead up to the tournament," a statement on the AIFF website said.

Meanwhile, Bahrain will host the AFC U-19 Championship 2016 Finals.


Updated Date: Jun 03, 2015 10:07 AM

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