The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is organising a five-nation Youth football tournament at Tilak Maidan, Vasco from May 15. Besides hosts India, the tournament will see participation of four other teams — the US, South Korea, Tanzania and Malaysia.
All five teams would be playing against each other with the top two making it to the final.
“The whole purpose of the AIFF Youth Cup is to get a sense of how the U-17 World Cup is shaping up. The AIFF has facilitated a number of exposure tours for them in the past few months and we will continue to do so,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said in a statement on Monday.
“The tournament will provide us further clarity of what we need to improve further,” he added.
Goa will also be the host of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 finals which are to be held from September 15 to October 2. The draw for which will be held in Goa on May 26.
India, despite being the hosts, had qualified for the finals on merit by basis of their performance in the AFC U-16 qualifiers in Tabriz in September, 2015.
The four semifinalists from the U-16 finals will gain a direct entry to the 2017 U-17 World Cup.
The fixtures for the AIFF Youth Cup are as follows:
May 15: Tanzania V USA (4 pm)
India V Malaysia (8 pm)
May 17: India V Tanzania (4 pm)
Malaysia V South Korea (8 pm)
May 19: South Korea V Tanzania (4 pm)
USA V India (8 pm)
May 21: USA V South Korea (4 pm)
Tanzania V Malaysia (8 pm)
May 23: Malaysia V USA (4 pm)
South Korea V India (8 pm)
May 25: Third Place play-off (4 pm)
May 25: Final (8 pm)