FIFA representatives including deputy director of competitions, Inaki Alvarez, visited Balewadi Sports Complex, one of the venues for the Under-17 World Cup to be held in 2017.
Briefing the media, Alvarez said that it would be one of the biggest football carnivals India would ever witness. "This will not only give a boost to this beautiful game but also provide opportunities on many folds for the country," he said.
Alvarez inspected the venue for more than two hours along with the All India Football Federation representatives, and other FIFA members. Among the others were Vijay Parthasarthy, competitions manager, and Dr Shaji Prabhakaran from FIFA while the AIFF was represented Anil Kamat, AGS, Competitions.
Alvarez added that there was ample potential in India but it was for the people running the game to take it forward.
When asked why India were picked up as the host, Alvarez said that FIFA had been eyeing the country for a while, and with people coming forward to promote the game, it saw the world governing body opting for this country.
The FIFA team inspected the ground measurement, viewed it from the stands, visited the VIP lounge, dressing rooms, and the adjacent practice ground.
Alvarez would submit his report to FIFA and the host country would have to meet all the requirements as per the norms of the world body.
Meanwhile, Anil Kamat, assistant general secretary and director competition of AIFF, said that this was FIFA's first visit and the list of requirements would be sent back after their meeting to be held in March.
"We will come to know about the drawbacks of the venues. FIFA would decide what all is required and the host country will have to meet it," said Kamat.
The team would visit DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai before trvaelling to Goa. Also, Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Guwahati, Kolkata and New Delhi are in the delegation's itinerary.