The Official Emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020™ was unveiled last Saturday, 2 November 2019, during a star-studded launch event at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai.
With one year to go before the start of the tournament, fans from across India and around the world experienced the excitement and optimism as the competition’s Official Emblem was revealed to the public.
Representatives from the Local Organising Committee (LOC), FIFA and the Indian government spoke about the power of football – and youth competitions in particular – to promote positive change in society, with a focus on accessibility and gender equality.
The event culminated in a spectacular outdoor light projection to reveal the Official Emblem, which was attended by a host of stars from India and the world of football.
Popular local and international stars were in attendance – including FIFA Legend Kristine Lilly, the two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ winner and Olympic gold medallist – as were members of India’s U-17 women’s national team, who will be competing next year to lift the trophy whose shape inspired the emblem launched.
The joyful design combines dynamic and colourful elements from both the natural world and Indian culture. The bright blue waves of the base reach up along the form of the trophy towards the paisley flourish crowning the design. The droplet frames a ball made from a marigold flower, a celebratory symbol of growth and development befitting a youth competition.
The colour and style of the marigold draw inspiration from Bandhani textiles, an Indian tie-dye technique dating back thousands of years.
The stem of the marigold is accented with vibrant symbols of unity and celebration derived from traditional Warli paintings, but in the bright hues found in Bandhani patterns.
Together, the components exude the tournament’s youthful energy and emphasise the potential of the upcoming event.