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It's been an eventful week since the completion of the U-17 World Cup, the first FIFA event hosted by the Indian subcontinent. While the headlines since then have been dominated by the court ruling that removed All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel from his post, there's a need to look beyond the immediate and see what the World Cup did for India and where Indian football can go from here.

So can the World Cup make a difference?

'The passion (for football) is growing; the access to the sport on TV is growing.'
'The passion (for football) is growing; the access to the sport on TV is growing.'

Santosh Desai, columnist and CEO of Future Brands...

For India's U-17s, 'Arrows' route is way ahead

Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (second from right) scored India's only goal at a FIFA event, in the group stage match against Colombia.
Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (second from right) scored India's only goal at a FIFA event, in the group stage match against Colombia.

The Indian team, which won praise for its performance at the U-17 World Cup, its maiden showing in any FIFA event, have their immediate plans chalked out -- they will start with participation in the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers in the first week of November. The best U-17 players will then team up with some of the best U-19 players and play in the I-League as a separate club. Remuneration for their participation will be taken care of by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), according to...

FIFA: U-17 WC proves India can host 'major events'

Security personnel outside Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, one of the venues for the U-17 World Cup.
Security personnel outside Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, one of the venues for the U-17 World Cup.

FIFA's head of competitions Jamie Yarza has praised India's readiness to host "major events" in world football, speaking at a press conference alongside All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel and Local Organising Committee (LOC) tournament director Javier Ceppi, in Kolkata on Thursday.

Yarza's comments come a day ahead of a FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Kolkata, where Patel has said he will utilise an invitation to give a speech to re-emphasise India's desire to host the...

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In the spotlight: The whole world was watching as India hosted its first ever global football tournament.
Lights, cameras, action: The Under-17 World Cup in India has been a resounding success

For a sports journalist, the buzz of being under the big tent of a "global" or "world" event is hard to replicate. At some point, you pinch yourself to ensure that your subconscious self takes note of being first-hand witness to something unique, a momentous and defining piece of a sporting history.

This then is that personal reminder that India's Under-17 World Cup has been, at a personal level, an exercise of discovery, invention and the forever-whirling magic of global football.

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No gloomy goodbyes: Five players the U-17 World Cup will miss

With the teams going through to the round of 16 identified, it has meant the end of the road for eight teams at the U-17 World Cup. India and North Korea are the only teams that go out without winning a single point, while Chile and the North Koreans remain the only two teams to not score in the group stages. But that hasn't meant there haven't been some heroic performers from these teams.

Here are five players that impressed, but will not be seen in the World Cup Monday onwards.

Rahul Kannoly, India