Covid-19: FIFA cancels U17 and U20 world cups scheduled for 2021

FIFA has canceled the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups scheduled for 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic that hit the world.

The next editions will be staged in 2023, with Indonesia still hosting the U20s and Peru the U17s.

According to FIFA: “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel.”

”It became clear that the global situation has failed to normalize to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways.”

It is not certain if FIFA’s decision will impact the CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations which will be held in Mauritania next year.

Ghana’s U-20 team, the Black Satellites, booked their place in 2021’s U-20 AFCON after winning the WAFU Zone B Cup of Nations in Benin earlier this month.


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