Bhubaneswar: After hosting the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup and Intercontinental Cup matches at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, football fans in India, especially Odisha, have a new reason to celebrate.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has officially informed the Football Association of Odisha that the state will serve as the host for the highly anticipated India vs. Qatar match. This match is a pivotal fixture in the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027 joint qualifiers and is scheduled to take place on November 21, 2023, at the iconic Kalinga Stadium.
This significant decision by AIFF underscores Odisha’s growing reputation as a sports hub and a preferred destination for international events, particularly football.
Expressing his excitement, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “We are immensely honored and thrilled to host the India vs. Qatar match for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027 joint qualifiers. This event not only showcases Odisha’s passion for football but also highlights our commitment to promoting football in the state. We look forward to welcoming players, fans, and football enthusiasts from across the nation to witness this historic moment in Odisha.”
The match between India and Qatar carries immense significance as both teams compete for qualification in the prestigious FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027. Fans can anticipate an electrifying contest that will be etched in memory for years to come.
Details regarding the match date, venue, ticketing, and other important information will be communicated in due courses by the authorities.