Sports April 30, 2024 | 8:48 am

Dominican Republic to host 2024 U-17 Women’s World Cup

Santo Domingo.- The upcoming U-17 Women’s World Cup has found its hosts, as the International Football Federation (FIFA) declares Santo Domingo and Santiago as the chosen cities for this prestigious event, scheduled from October 16 to November 3.

Santo Domingo’s Estadio Félix Sánchez and Santiago’s Cibao Universitario stadiums are set to be the primary venues, while additional training facilities will be scattered across La Vega, Moca, San Cristóbal’s Panamericano, Santo Domingo Este’s Parque del Este, Alterna Félix Sánchez, Barranquita, and Santiago’s Parque Central.

FIFA’s inspection team, led by notable figures like Jaime Yarza and Marina San Miguel, has visited the Dominican Republic to assess tournament preparations. Alongside them were Rodolfo Villalobos, representing UNCAF, and key Dominican officials, including José Francisco Deschamps and Elizabeth Mena.

Seven teams, including Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, New Zealand, and the Dominican Republic, have already secured their spots, with more to follow.

This announcement not only signifies a significant moment for Dominican soccer but also emphasizes FIFA’s dedication to nurturing female talent and advancing gender equality in sports. By selecting Santo Domingo and Santiago as hosts, FIFA underscores its commitment to global expansion and inclusivity in the sport, offering new prospects for young players and leaving a lasting impact on both the sporting and societal fronts.

Moreover, the 2024 U-17 Women’s World Cup holds historical significance for the Dominican Republic, marking the first time such a monumental sporting event will be held in the country. Following meticulous inspections of stadiums and facilities, the Dominican Republic is deemed ready to welcome the world.

President Luis Rodolfo Abinader Corona recently inaugurated the Organizing Committee, comprising prominent individuals like Ana Bonetti and Manuel Estrella, among others. With the stage set and preparations underway, anticipation mounts for what promises to be an unforgettable tournament.

In summary, the 2024 U-17 Women’s Football World Cup heralds a new era for Dominican sports, representing not only a milestone for FIFA but also a monumental moment for the nation as it prepares to host this esteemed event for the first time in its history.

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