The Federation of International Football Association (FUFA) has cancelled both the U-20 and U-17 FIFA World Cup tournaments due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The development was confirmed on Thursday evening in a statement via the FIFA website after consultations with the hosting Member Associations of the two competition age groups, participating Associations, and confederations about the challenges of staging the tournaments.
“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.
“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,” the FIFA statement read.
The 2021 U17 FIFA World Cup was slated for October 2021 in Peru, while the U20 world cup was due to take place between May and June 2021 in Indonesia.
However, the 2023 U17 and U20 Men’s FIFA World Cup will take place in Peru and Indonesia respectively.
It’s should be noted both the Uganda U-20 and U-17 qualified for the AFCON U20 and U17 finals in Mauritius and Morocco respectively were the top 4 teams (in each underage group) were due to qualify for the World finals next year.