Friday 31 May 2019, 22:58

FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 to kick off on 26 October

  • The FIFA U-17 World Cup’s kick-off date has been confirmed

  • The draw for Brazil 2019 will be held on 11 July

  • Buffon, Totti, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Kroos and Neymar are tournament graduates

Following on from a FIFA inspection visit to Brazil and further discussions with the Local Organising Committee (LOC), FIFA can today confirm that the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 will be played from 26 October until 17 November.

The venues and the full match schedule will be confirmed ahead of the draw, which has been scheduled for 11 July 2019 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

“Throughout the past years, Brazil has successfully hosted a variety of competitions, including the FIFA World Cup™ and the Olympics," said FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban. "We are convinced that Brazil’s event expertise, coupled with the unique football passion of their fans, will contribute to the success of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019. We would like to thank the CBF and all Brazilians who have embraced this tournament, demonstrating once more their unique love for the beautiful game."

So far, 23 of the 24 participating teams are also confirmed. Beside hosts Brazil, the following member associations have qualified:

AFC: Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Tajikistan CAF: Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria, TBC* Concacaf: Canada, Haiti, Mexico and USA CONMEBOL: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Paraguay OFC: New Zealand and the Solomon Islands UEFA: France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain

* Awaiting confirmation from CAF