ABU DHABI: Brazil will play Slovakia in the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013, while hosts UAE will face Honduras on the same day.

The tournament will be played in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah until November 8 and the Official Draw took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

In Group A, the United Arab Emirates will meet HondurasBrazil and Slovakia. The opening match on October 17 sees the Brazil and Slovakia face off at Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.

CONCACAF champions Mexico start the defence of the trophy they won two years ago on home soil in Group F against NigeriaIraq and Sweden. This group is based at Al Ain stadium, with the Mexicans opening their campaign on 19 October against Nigeria.

Nigeria and Brazil, the most successful nations in tournament history, are once again present at the 2013 edition, ensuring a spectacular tournament for the fans. Nigeria, as aforementioned, were drawn into Group F, with Brazil seeking to lay the foundations for their fourth triumph at this level in Group A against the hosts.

The 52-match FIFA U–17 World Cup UAE 2013 will be played between 17 October and 8 November in the six host cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Sharjah and Al Ain.

Group stage draw for the FIFA U–17 World Cup UAE 2013:

Group A (Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah)United Arab EmiratesHondurasBrazilSlovakia 

Group B (Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi)UruguayNew Zealand, Côte d’Ivoire, Italy

Group C (Fujairah, Sharjah)CroatiaMoroccoPanamaUzbekistan

Group D (Sharjah, Fujairah)TunisiaVenezuelaRussiaJapan

Group E (Dubai, Al Ain)CanadaAustriaIranArgentina

Group F (Al Ain, Dubai)MexicoNigeriaIraqSweden