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FIFA Cancels 2021 Men’s U-17 & U-20 World Cups



World football governing body FIFA has cancelled 2021 editions of the Men’s U-17 and U-20 World Cups due to the continuous spread of Covid-19 across the globe.

This forms part of the decision the Bureau of the FIFA Council took on Thursday, December 24 concerning upcoming FIFA competitions.

They had already cancelled the U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s Cups due to the same reason.

“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,” part of a statement from FIFA reads.

Ghana after qualifying to the African Youth Championship in Mauritania were hoping to make a return to the FIFA U-20 World Cup having missed out since 2015.


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