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FIFA Calls Off Men’s 2021 U-17, U-20 World Cups

FIFA Calls Off Men’s 2021 U-17, U-20 World Cups

The Federation of International Federation of Association (FIFA) on Thursday announced the cancellation of the men’s U-17 and U-20 World Cups due to the impact of Covid-19.

In a statement released on its website, it said that the 2021 edition of both tournaments will be cancelled, and the next edition will be held in 2023 at the venues that were to host the 2021 of the tournament.

“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.

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“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.

The men’s U-20 World Cup was to be hosted in Indonesia while the U-17 World Cup was to be hosted in Peru.

FIFA extended 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.

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  • Does that mean the qualifiers are cancelled too & will have to start from the scratch? Or the current qualifiers automatically qualify for the 2023 edition?

    • Delis 6 months ago

      Probably, it have to be cancel also because of under age competition,because the set of players that qualify will be overage by the time they want to represent .

  • Maybe dat y Nigeria did not qualify for any of the competition. Evenot the Olympics sef still doubtful. Nff had good foresight. Den

  • Everything has been cancelled. Thanks to Covid-19 and FIFA.

  • bishob ighodaro 6 months ago

    We talk of vaccination now with the vaccine already in circulation and you people are still talking of contamination.
    Real nonsense.