New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Heeding to the governments request, footballs world governing body, FIFA today shifted Indias 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 Indias 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 national capital hosts the home teams matches. “Following a request from the All India Football Federation to hold the group matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 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 Local Organising Committee (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. Acknowledging the increased efforts of the local authorities and the LOC in connection with the requested amendment, FIFAs Head of Tournaments Jaime Yarza said: “Attendance, especially in the venue where the home team plays its matches, is one of the priorities of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, crucial to achieving the purpose of better positioning football in the country, so the governments commitment in this regard is highly appreciated. “The presence of the secretary of sports at the meetings concerning the state of the works in the stadium and training sites sends a positive message and reflects the strong involvement of the authorities. “We expect this involvement to extend into the area of pollution prevention, which has been an important topic discussed in relation to the tournament, in particular in Delhi. We are now expecting an action response plan to prevent pollution levels from affecting the tournament, which ideally should continue beyond the tournament.” Besides India, who are automatically qualified as hosts, the following teams have booked their tickets to the competition: Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea DPR (Asia); New Caledonia, New Zealand (Oceania); Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay (South America); Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA (North, Central America and Caribbean); England, France, Germany, Spain, Turkey (Europe); Mali, Niger, Ghana, and Guinea (Arica). PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisement
There aren’t always a ton of takeaways from a game like Saturday’s, but hey, Glenn Spencer said some interesting stuff so let’s take a look at it. Here are the eight best quotes from Saturday evening in Boone Pickens Stadium.Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell on OSU“They’re a good defense. We tip our hats off to them. We knew that they were a good football team and that we were going to have to play a really good ballgame. I thought the guys played hard, but just didn’t make enough plays.”Mason Rudolph on his first home game“I think it starts with The Walk. The Walk was more packed than I had seen as long as I’ve been here, which hasn’t been long.”Mike Gundy on the (sort of) lack of a run gameThey were forcing the pass. They had everybody down in the box. That was the game plan, I’m guessing. When that happens, you have to throw the ball. It’s difficult to run the ball with those types of looks.”Mike Yurcuch on empty yardsThirty-two points isn’t representative of how we move the football. It’s about turnovers, it’s about points and it’s about winning the game. We played well enough to win the game obviously, but we have to score points and get in the end zone.”Glenn Spencer on not having a turnover on defenseI was just looking at the stat sheet here and we were better on third down, we tackled better. Not pleased that we can’t get a turnover. I think this week I’m just going to not talk about it and try that route. They played well.”Glenn Spencer on evaluating a defense“We’ll look at the film. Whenever you stop somebody in the run game, it’s the whole front seven, so I hate when people try to single out guys or a position group. Good run defense is the front seven working together. A guy might make a tackle, but it’s because another guy forced it back inside or another guy spilled it. It’s unbelievable cause it’s the world we live in.[1. Straight out of the Mike Gundy school of handling sports reporters.] I don’t like to say that these guys did better than these guys. We held them under 100 yards rushing, so that’s an awesome day.”Mason Rudolph on his wide receivers“It was good to be able to distribute the ball to a bunch of freaks out there. There are a bunch of guys that make plays for us and it was just a great team win.”David Glidden on his quarterbackCoach Gundy says it all the time that the quarterback has to be the toughest guy on the field and I have to give Mason a lot of credit. He always stays composed and I’ve said that a lot about him and every game he proves me right and it’s impressive.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!