New Delhi: A 10-member team of world football governing body Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) will visit India later this month to review the preparations for the Fifa U-17 World Cup to be held in India in September-October 2017.

“A high-powered FIFA delegation led by FIFA head of events, Jaime Yarza, will be visiting India between 14th and 20th February 2016," the international sporting body said in a statement.

“In what will be the first full inspection from FIFA for the tournament, they will inspect each of the six stadiums and all the designated training sites in each city to evaluate the progress made towards the preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup," the statement said.

Besides Yarza, Fifa dignitaries to visit India include three members of the Fifa competitions department Tracy Lu, Felipe Restrepo and Vijay Parthasarathy, Christina Hollerl from marketing, Jochem Steinhoff from the media department, Paul Calder from the TV department, Jean Pierre Koeltgen of ticketing team, Mike Pfister, senior development manager and Shaji Prabhakaran, development officer.

The inspection schedule begins from 15 February in Kochi and ends in New Delhi on 20 February. The delegation will also visit Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata and Guwahati.

In 2014, Fifa earmarked around $38 million to ensure smooth organization of the Under-17 World Cup in India in 2017, according to a Press Trust of India report.

As part of its various development initiatives, Fifa chose India after it beat Ireland, South Africa, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan to win the bid in the executive committee meeting in December three years ago.

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