World news – GB – FIFA cancels the U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cup amid ongoing coronavirus challenges


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The two youth tournaments, which were due to be held this year in India and Costa Rica, have already been postponed

FIFA has canceled the FIFA Women’s U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cup, following the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two youth tournaments, scheduled for this year, have been postponed to early 2021, as India gears up to host the Under-17 and Costa Rica U-20 tournament. .

England had already qualified for the U-17 World Cup as one of the three highest-ranked European teams. Baroness Sue Campbell, the women’s soccer director at the FIFA, said FIFA’s decision was « the right one ».

The Club World Cup, the continental club world championship that Liverpool won in December of last year, has not been canceled. The competition was scheduled to take place next month in Qatar, but the organizers postponed it until February 1-11 of next year.

In a statement, FIFA said the decision to cancel the two women’s tournaments was made after consulting with all the host federations participating in the competitions.. .

The authority said in a statement on Tuesday that the main concerns regarding « challenges related to preparation time for age groups, and the many obstacles to ending the continental qualifying tournaments due to the pandemic » have been raised by stakeholders.. .

Costa Rica and India, the two countries that were due to host the Under-20 and Under-17 tournaments respectively, will reserve hosting rights for both tournaments, which will now take place in 2022..

Baroness Campbell said: “Sport is an extremely important force for good, especially during these difficult times, but it is right that FIFA today places the safety and health of the competing countries and their supporters at the center of their decision to cancel. Youth World Cup.

« We will continue to work hard to make greater progress in our women’s development teams in the coming months, and we will remain optimistic and optimistic about the opportunity to celebrate our sport on the international stage again when the global pandemic leaves behind us. ».

Adds Kay Cossington, Head of Women’s Technical Development at the FA: “This was an unprecedented year for football, and while the cancellation of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was disappointing of course, we fully support the tough decision.. FIFA has taken today.

“We were all looking forward to the tournament in India next year, but the health and well-being of the competitors is, rightly, a primary concern of FIFA and all the national associations that were to be competing.

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World News – GB – FIFA cancels the U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cup amid ongoing coronavirus challenges


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