GUWAHATI, Feb 25 � A five-member combined team of FIFA and All India Football Federation (AIFF) will visit the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Sarusajai here on February 27 which has been counted as a probable venue for the 2017 U-17 World Cup football.
The team comprising of Inaki Alvarez, Deputy Director Competition and Head Events, FIFA, Windsor John, Deputy General Secretary, AFC, Vijay Parthasarthy, IT-Competition, FIFA, Shaji Prabhakaran, Development Officer, Asia-FIFA, Sunando Dhar, CEO, I-League, AIFF, will take stock of the city-based stadium and after that they will file a report to FIFA.
Assam Football Association (AFA) secretary Ankur Dutta informed that FIFA has certain guidelines which the venues have to fulfill for holding World Cup matches. The team will inspect eight venues all over the country. But there are doubts whether the Sarusajai stadium will be able to satisfy the officials.
As per FIFA guidelines, the venue has to have FIFA standard pitch with floodlight system of 2,000 lux. Apart from that, well equipped dressing room for players, referees and secretarial room for at least 5 persons with air-condition are required at the venues. The stadium will also to have Doping Control Room consisting of waiting room, (equipped with TV), refrigerator and seating area for 8 people.
Medical room, security control room, VIP lounge, media centre, fire-fighting equipment and disaster management in the stadium, parking facilities for VIP�s and spectators are some of the basic requirements for a World Cup venue. The stadium is also have to be equipped with covers for spectators.
But at the present state the Sarusajai stadium has a remote possibility to satisfy the visiting officials as the whole stadium is in deplorable condition.