Prince Ali (Getty)

(WFI) FIFA’s Executive Committee today handed Jordan hosting rights for the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup in 2016. The Middle Eastern nation beat out competition from Uruguay, South Africa and Bahrain.

The decision came at the two-day ExCo meeting, which concluded today in Bahia, Brazil.

Jordan launched a bid for the U17 Women’s World Cup last month.

Commenting on the announcement, FIFA vice president Prince Ali, who also heads the Jordan Football Association, expressed his thanks to the ruling body of world football’s governing body for bringing the tournament to his country.

“By granting Jordan the honor of hosting this tournament, FIFA is investing in football development that would have immeasurable positive impact on the progress of women’s football not only in Jordan, but also across the region,” said Prince Ali.

“Jordan, from its people to its public and private sectors, has set its heart on embracing this opportunity. We are very appreciative to FIFA for their support and we hope to deliver an outstanding U-17 Women’s World Cup that sets the bar for FIFA events in the Middle East and makes both FIFA and Jordanians proud,” Prince Ali added.

He said the tournament would be a huge boost for women’s football in the region, particularly in grassroots football development.

“I would also like to thank all my colleagues in the Jordan Football Association who worked tirelessly to prepare Jordan’s bid, congratulations to you and to all Jordanians for this win,” he added.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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