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FIFA shifts India's group games from Mumbai to Delhi

Heeding to the government's request, football's world governing body, FIFA on Saturday shifted India's group matches of the upcoming U-17 World Cup from Mumbai to the national capital.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) initially wanted Mumbai to host India's matches but later asked FIFA to shift them to New Delhi under pressure from the sports ministry. The government felt it was appropriate that the capital hosts the home team's matches.

"Following a request from the AIFF to hold the group matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in which India are playing in New Delhi, and the fruitful discussions between the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the local government, FIFA has agreed to amend the match schedule," the LOC said in a statement.

As per the amended schedule, Group 'A', featuring the home team, which is automatically seeded as A1, will be based in New Delhi and teams of Group 'B' will be based in Navi Mumbai. Matches for the knockout stage remain as planned before.

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