COVID-19: FIFA Call-Off 2021 U-17 and U-20 World Cups


The Federation of International Football FIFA has called off the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups scheduled to hold in 2021 as a result of COVID-19.


This comes on the heels of the Olympic Games postponement.

FIFA in a media statement said both football tournaments would not hold in 2021 because of the covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the whole world.

The body said both will now hold in 2023, and Indonesia remains host of the U20s while Peru hosts the U17s.

“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,” the football governing body said in a statement.

“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,” it added.


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