FIFA U-17 World Cup record 
After failing to qualify for the first eight tournaments, Iran competed at their first FIFA U-17 World Cup at Trinidad and Tobago 2001, where they suffered three defeats and finished bottom of their group. Eight years later, the Asian side participated in Nigeria 2009, where they advanced from their pool, but lost in the Round of 16 to Uruguay, 2-1 after extra time. At UAE 2013, they again reached the knockout stages, but again came unstuck, losing 4-1 to Nigeria, the eventual winners of the competition.

Road to India 
Iran topped Group A at the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, due to their enjoying a better goal difference than second-placed UAE. They then made certain of their place at the U-17 World Cup by comfortably disposing of Vietnam (5-0) in the quarter-finals, before beating Korea DPR in the semi-finals via a penalty shoot-out, following a 1-1 draw. In the final versus Iraq, which failed to produce a goal after 120 minutes of football, the Iranians were involved in another shoot-out, but this time ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline (3-4).

The coach 
Abbas Chamanyan coached a number of clubs prior to being handed the reins of the Iranian U-20 national team in 2002. The following year, he took charge of the U-17 team for the first time, guiding them to a fourth-place finish at the 2004 AFC U-17 Championship. Although he did not manage to qualify his charges for the 2005 U-17 World Cup, the 53-year-old tactician returned to the helm in 2016 and subsequently oversaw their qualification for India 2017 via the AFC U-16 Championship.

The stat 
4 – The number of Iranian players who scored a total of three goals at the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship. Ali Reza Asadabadi, Allahyar Sayyad, Mohammad Sharifi and Mohammad Ghaderi scored 12 of the 13 goals recorded by Iran in the competition, with Amir Khodamoradi bagging the 13th.