Kolkata:The knock-out rounds of the Hero U-17 Youth Cup are set to be held at the Deccan Arena in Hyderabad, where 16 teams will fight it out for the top prize from January 23 onwards.
The final to be held on January 31 after the round of 16 draw was conducted in the AIFF office in New Delhi on Friday, the All India Football Federation has said in a published fixture.
A total of 49 teams had taken part in the Hero U-17 Youth Cup Group Stage, where they were split into 10 groups. Garhwal FC, Techtro Swades United FC, Sreenidi Deccan FC, Rajasthan United FC, Muthoot Football Academy, Minerva Punjab FC, Classic Football Academy, Punjab State FA U-17 Team, Sudeva Delhi FC, and Zinc Football Academy qualified as the 10 group winners. Meanwhile, KR Football Leaders Club, Gandhinagar FC, Odisha FC, Corbett FC, Himalayan FC Kinnaur, and Chennaiyin FC have made it to the Round of 16 as the six best second-placed teams.
AIFF secretary general Shaji Prabhakaran said, “The Knockout Rounds of the Hero U-17 Youth Cup is upon us, and we have seen some really competitive games so far. All the teams have witnessed great competition and some great talents in this tournament.
“My best wishes to all the teams that will travel to Hyderabad for the Knockout rounds. With your great work, we will see a brighter future for Indian Football. We can’t wait to see some elite level talent that will make India proud in the future,” he said.
Round of 16 Fixtures:
January 23: Gandhinagar FC vs Techtro Swades United FC
January 23: Himalayan FC Kinnaur vs Rajasthan United FC
January 23: KR Football Leaders vs Punjab State FA U-17
January 23: Classic Football Academy vs Minerva Academy FC
January 24: Sreenidi Deccan FC vs Sudeva Delhi FC
January 24: Corbett FC vs Zinc Football Academy
January 24: Chennaiyin FC vs Garhwal FC
January 24: Odisha FC vs Muthoot Football Academy
January 25: Ro16 1 Winners vs Ro16 2 Winners
January 25: Ro16 3 Winners vs Ro16 4 Winners
January 26: Ro16 5 Winners vs Ro16 6 Winners
January 26: Ro16 7 Winners vs Ro16 8 Winners
January 27: QF1 Winners vs QF2 Winners
January 28: QF3 Winners vs QF4 Winners.