The FIFA U-17 World Cup is the fifth official FIFA tournament to be staged in the United Arab Emirates, and fans around the globe are already looking forward to watching tomorrow’s stars perform in the country's sparkling sunshine.

With the final preparations in full swing, anticipation is rising ahead of the 15th edition of the competition and will be on hand throughout the event.

We will have top reporters in each of the six host cities - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras al Khaimah - bringing you extensive coverage of all 24 participating nations. Even before a ball has been kicked you can view the complete team profiles for each country, as well as facts and figures and a list of the key players.

Once the tournament gets underway we will have plenty more on offer, such as the reactions to each matchday, interesting background information, statistics, colourful features and exclusive interviews. Three intensive weeks of football begin on Thursday, and you can follow it all in bold detail live on

On top of that, we will be providing you with exclusive photos, giving you an insight into behind-the-scenes tournament life. To ensure you receive the complete U-17 World Cup experience and get a feel for the event’s unique atmosphere, we will also have video highlights of all 52 matches. Furthermore, in certain countries, TV offers you the chance to watch all the games live and for free.

Stay informed of the latest updates via our Twitter account @fifacom as well as on the official FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 Facebook page. You can find links to both in the menu on the right.

United Arab Emirates may not have enjoyed the same footballing success as Brazil for example, but there can be no doubt about the nation’s love of the game. And if you are currently busy planning a trip, do not miss the chance to watch high-quality football being played in some spectacular locations over the next few weeks.

Click on the ‘Tickets’ link to the right to find out how to get hold of yours before you even get on the plane. It couldn't be easier.