World football –governing body, FIFA, will hold the Draw Ceremony for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup finals at the Art Centre 660 in Santiago de Chile on Thursday, August 6, 2015.
According to the programme of the event, which will formally bring the world’s attention to the competition that holds in eight Chilean cities from 17 October – 8 November, the Draw Ceremony will be followed by the Official Draw Banquet, at the Grand Hyatt Santiago, the same day.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets have the opportunity to defend the crown they won with so much applause in United Arab Emirates in 2013, after qualifying for this year’s finals. A fourth –place finish at the African U-17 Championship in Niger Republic in February sent the Eaglets to Chile.
Africa will be represented by Nigeria, Mali, Guinea and South America, while Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, England and Croatia will fly Europe’s flag. New Zealand will represent Oceania; USA, Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica will fly the flag of North and Central America, and South America sends Ecuador, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, alongside hosts Chile.
North Korea, Australia, Syria and Korea Republic will fly Asia’s flag.
The tournament’s 52 matches will be played across Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt, Chillan, Concepcion, Talca, La Serena, Coquimbo and Vina del Mar.
Nigeria has triumphed at the cadet World Cup on four occasions, in 1985, 1993, 2007 and 2013.
Chile, currently hosting the Copa America finals, hosted the FIFA World Cup in 1962, and has also hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup (1987) and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (2008).