FIFA cancels U-17 Women’s World Cup due to COVID-19

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FIFA, the International federation governing association football on Tuesday announced the cancellation of Women’s tournaments for 2020. The Women’s Under 17 World Cup which is postponed to 2021 and Under 20 Women’s World Cup are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hosting rights remain with India for the former and Costa Rica for the latter for 2022 edition.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council took the decision after seeing the steady effect COVID-19 pandemic has on football. FIFA said, The FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group suggested rescheduling the tournaments to 2022.

Although the current Indian team would not meet the age requirement for 2022 tournament, AIFF (All India Football Federation) President Praful Patel said they are primed to start anew for the hosting in 2022 and also will “continue all the initiatives that were planned for the development and promotion of women’s football”. Roma Khanna, the tournament director commented that they are looking ahead to the tournament even though it was a tough choice. India is excited to host not just one, but two tournaments in 2022 – U-17 World Cup and AFC Women’s Asian Cup, added AIFF.
The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in India in November and then rescheduled to February 17 – March 7 2021. But the continuing situation of COVID-19 has forced rescheduling the tournament again to 2022.

FIFA also announced that Club World Cup which was detained due to Coronavirus pandemic will be held in Doha, Qatar from February 1 to 11, 2021. It was originally scheduled for December. FIFA “looks forward to work with the host countries” to organise tournaments.

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