Speaking about the launch, LOC Chairman Praful Patel said: “This is an opportunity for all our countrymen to be involved in the tournament, which will be a historic event for India. Volunteers play an extremely important role in every FIFA tournament and they will play a central role in India 2017, bringing all Indians together in various capacities to make this event a huge success. I am confident that the volunteer programme will leave a lasting legacy of a new and more vibrant sporting culture in India.”
LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi added: “The interest that the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 has generated so far among Indians is unprecedented. Through different sources, we have already received thousands of applications to be a part of the tournament, which we can now channel through the volunteer programme to make sure that everyone who wants to be involved in this historic event gets a chance to apply. For us, the volunteers are the tournament’s ambassadors. In many cases, they will be the first faces that the competing teams, spectators, media and other guests will see when they arrive at matches. They will really be the 25th team in the tournament.”
For more information and to register your interest in volunteering, please visit the volunteers section of FIFA.com for India 2017.
The application process is open until 15 May.