The 2021 editions of the FIFA U-17 and U-20 men’s world cup tournaments have been canceled, the world football governing body has announced.
According to an official announcement on the website of FIFA, the decision has been taken as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic which has troubled the world this year.
“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,” a statement on the FIFA website reads.
It adds, “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.
“FIFA would like to express 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. FIFA looks forward to continuing to work closely together with the host countries to organise successful tournaments.”
Plans for the next editions of the two prestigious tournaments are expected to be outlined next year. It is understood that 2022 could be ideal when the Coronavirus pandemic is under control.