Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar on Friday launched the Goa Logo for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 at the GMC Stadium in Bambolim.
The Goa logo designed by Sharmila Coutinho, resembles a common sight of people playing the ‘beautiful game’ in the green fields of the coastal state bordered by swaying coconut palms in the light of the evening sun.
The colours used for the logo includes a dash of every competing nation’s flag which symbolises unity among all participating nations.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, “Goa is getting ready to welcome the teams for the U17 FIFA World Cup. Goa loves football that is why we have declared it as the official sport of the state.”
The logo will be an important tool in linking the local community in a global world and form a crucial link in the promotions and communications in the football crazy state of Goa.
FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament director Javier Ceppi said, “We are very happy that Goa now has an image associated with the tournament. The state government has promised to take the host city logo all around the state and to do a big promotional push for the tournament which is fantastic. To support that we will be opening the sales of physical ticket at the Fatorda stadium box office on September 7.”
The first FIFA tournament in the country, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, will take place between October 6 and 28.
Goa is one of the six venues that will be hosting the FIFA U 17 World Cup with the others being New Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Guwahati and Navi Mumbai.
The Goa matches will be played at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda and will host nine matches this October that will feature football powerhouses Brazil and Germany among others.