With the global tournament getting underway on the 6th of October, the group stage draw had been widely anticipated by Indian football fans.
India, having automatically acquired the 'A1' seeding as it is the host nation was included in pot 1 which also consisted of Mexico, Brazil, 2001 champions France, one-time finalists Germany and Mali.
Group A: New Delhi
Group B: Navi Mumbai
Group C: Margao
Group D: Kochi
Group E: Guwahati
Group F: Kolkata
We analysed India's opponents in the group stage opponents and chalked out their profiles as below:
The United States of America will compete under the leadership of coach John Hackworth as they aim to create history for their country on the biggest stage of it all, the FIFA World Cup.
The American team made their debut at this stage in the year 1985 and they managed to reach the semi final stages of the World Cup in 1999. At the previous World Cup in 2015, the American team was knocked out of the group stages itself.
USA will look up to key players Justin Garces and Josh Sargent in order to give their team the necessary lift and aim for World Cup glory.
Colombia has proven to be one of the most competitive teams in the Under 17 World Cup for a long time and under coach Orland Restrepo, this team has developed by leaps and bounds as they aim for glory in October.
The Colombian team made their debut on the global stage in 1989 and managed to reach the semi finals on two occasions in 2003 and 2009. Juan Penaloza and Jaminton Campaz are considered two of Colombia's finest players and the fans will hope they do their best, as on their day, they can beat any team in front of them.
Under the leadership of coach Paa Kwesi Fabin, the Ghanaian team has shown massive improvement in the past few years.
The team from Africa made their debut at this stage in 1989 and have won the World Cup on two occasions, 1991 and 1995. They finished in the top four of the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations 2017 to qualify for the World Cup in India.
Eric Ayiah and Emmanuel Toku are two of the best youth products on display in the Ghanaian team the coach will hope that they deliver on the big stage when it matters the most.
Our Verdict on the draw:
By all means, this looks like a tough draw for the Indian National Team but seeing the form and the talent on display in the team, we sincerely believe India will perform to its best capabilities and who knows, this year may be one to remember for Indian Football fans, forever.
Indian Team's Match dates and Venues:
India will be playing their group stage matches in India. The first match of the World Cup will see India host USA at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 6th October 2017.
The young guns will then face Colombia three days later, while their last group match will be against Ghana on 12th October 2017.
Group Stage Rules and Regulations:
As per the group stage norms, India have to finish in the top two of their group to advance past the group stage. Not only that, the Indian team could also progress past the group stages by being among the best four third-placed teams in the six groups that will compete in the World Cup.
Our Best Wishes:
If we see the talented and high profile opponents that India will be facing, Luis Norton de Matos’ India Under-17s definitely have a huge task at hand, but the feeling of playing on a global stage at the World Cup is something that will motivate our youngsters to take the field and prove to the world that we are here to stay!