The U-17 Women’s World Cup is scheduled to commence from 17th of February 2021. The competition which has attained the tag of being the epitome of footballing tournaments, is definitely one of it’s kind in terms of the stature. The Indian U 17 women’s team will be playing such a high profile tournament for the very first time. The Blue Tigresses will be locking horns with ‘THE BEST’ footballing nations round the globe.
The ‘Women in Blue’ came into the limelight as they defeated Romania (1-0) in an international friendly. In the build up to the world cup, the All India Football Federation hosted preparatory camps and sighting to the global pandemic issue, the players were sent back to safety. In these unprecedented times, with a surge in unemployment and underprivileged backgrounds a few of the budding national stars did suffer at their natives.
To help these potential world-cuppers, the AIFF came forward and deposited an amount of 40-50k Rupees into the accounts of those 8 players. The federation has also declared a stipend of 10k Rupees as an assistance for the dietary regimes of the World Cup probables. Ranjit Bajaj the owner of Minerva Punjab FC has personally looked into the matter and has contributed 10K Rupees as an assistance. Even the Government of Jharkand and Jharkand FA are collectively proposing different measures to ensure the betterment of the players. They have put forward the plan of arranging a camp for these players at Morabadi Stadium in Ranchi where their diet, studies, accommodation, physical fitness as well as mental fitness will be conditioned regularly.
Head coach, Thomas Dennerby and his team hosted online sessions to aid the players amidst the lockdown. The players were also quite vocal about how the sessions helped them maintain their fitness throughout this period.
The National team camp is set to resume in Goa after the permits are obtained as per the Government directives. Also, the Jharkand FA and government are making moves for arranging the camp in Ranchi. All in all, the team has over a billion well wishers across the nation and we hope that we all get through these tough times as soon as possible.