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FIFA picks India, Jordan to host youth World Cups

Posted - Dec. 5, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.



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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - Soccer's governing body has made the "geopolitical decision" to choose India as a youth World Cup host for the first time. Jordan will be the first Arabic host of a women's tournament.

India gets the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, and the Under-17 Women's World Cup goes to Jordan in 2016.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference that selecting India was "really a sports political, a geopolitical decision."

He called Jordan's victory "another landmark for FIFA" that an Arabic country would organize a women's competition.

In other decisions, South Korea will stage the Under-20 World Cup in 2017, and South Africa the 2016 Under-20 Women's World Cup.

FIFA's congress of 209 member countries will be held in Mexico City in 2016 and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017.

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