Posted: Thu December 5, 2013 12:15PM; Updated: Thu December 5, 2013 12:15PM

FIFA picks India, Jordan to host future youth World Cup events

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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - FIFA has made the ''geopolitical decision'' to choose India as a youth World Cup host for the first time, and Jordan will be the first Arabic host of a women's tournament.

India gets the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, and the Under-17 Women's World Cup goes to Jordan in 2016.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter told a news conference selecting India was ''really a sports political, a geopolitical decision.''

Jordan's victory was ''another landmark for FIFA'' that an Arabic country would organize a women's competition, he said.

In other decisions, South Korea will stage the Under-20 World Cup in 2017, and South Africa got the 2016 Under-20 Women's World Cup.

FIFA's congress of 209 member countries will go to Mexico City in 2016 and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the following year.

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