FIFA cancels upcoming U-20 and U-17 World Cups
FIFA has announced the cancelation of the 2021 FIFA World Cup events in the U-17 and U-20 men’s age groups.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, FIFA has added two more World Cup events to the growing list of international competitions that have been canceled over the past year. In November, the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 tournaments were called off.
Indonesia and Peru were slated to host the U-20 and U-17 Men’s World Cups, respectively, in 2021. They will instead host the 2023 editions.
See below for the press release from FIFA:
FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and FIFA U-17 World Cup™
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to cancel the 2021 editions of the men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup™ and FIFA U-17 World Cup™, and to appoint Indonesia and Peru respectively, who were due to host the tournaments in 2021, as the hosts of the 2023 editions.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel. FIFA has therefore regularly consulted the relevant stakeholders, including the host member associations as well as the confederations involved in both tournaments originally scheduled to take place in 2021. In doing so, it became clear that the global situation has failed to normalise to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways.
FIFA would like to express its gratitude to the host member associations, as well as the authorities in Indonesia and Peru, for their commitment and the tournament preparations made so far. FIFA looks forward to continuing to work closely together with the host countries to organise successful tournaments.