The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has confirmed the cancellation of this year’s U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup tournaments due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
FIFA confirmed the development in a written statement via its official website on Tuesday.
“In light of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on football, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has taken a number of decisions related to FIFA competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 as well as the women’s youth tournaments planned for 2020,” read the FIFA statement in part.
“Since the previous decision earlier this year to reschedule both tournaments to early 2021, FIFA has been consulting with all stakeholders – including the host member associations, participating member associations and confederations – to continuously monitor the situation in relation to the pandemic, in particular with regard to any potential impact on the overall welfare and safety of age-group players and participants,” the statement added.
Initially, the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup tournament was supposed to take place in November this year in India, before it was postponed to February next year.
Last month, the tournament hosts India withdrew its position of hosting the event after the escalation of the Coronavirus cases.
The International football governing body, FIFA has confirmed that the tournaments will now be staged in 2022 with Costa Rica & Panama and India maintained as hosts for U20 and U17 events respectively.
“In light of this, and following further consultation between FIFA and the respective host member associations regarding the 2022 editions of the tournaments, the Bureau of the Council has approved Costa Rica as host of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 and India as host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 respectively.”
Before the development, Uganda U-17 was one step away from qualifying for the final tournament in India, preparing for a two legged affair with Cameroon.