The Federation of International Football Associations ( FIFA) has cancelled both the U-20 and U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers and finals due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The development was confirmed on Tuesday evening after a consultation with the hosting member Associations of the two competition age groups, participating member associations, and confederations about the challenges of staging the tournaments.
Among the concerns raised by the members associations included preparation time, the safety and well-being of the young players.
After the consultation, the ‘FIFA Confederations Working Group’ recommended calling off both the age-group Women’s World Cups.
“Since the previous decision earlier this year to reschedule both tournaments to early 2021, FIFA has been consulting with all stakeholders. As a result and after careful consideration of the feedback received by the stakeholders combined with the inability to further postpone these tournaments, the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group subsequently recommended that the 2020 editions of the two women’s youth tournaments be cancelled and that the hosting rights for the 2022 editions be offered to the countries that were due to host the 2020 editions,” a release from FIFA read.
The 2021 U-17 Women’s World Cup was initially supposed to held in November 2020 but was postponed to February and March 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic while FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was initially to be hosted jointly by Costa Rica and Panama in August 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was postponed to January 2021, to be solely hosted by Costa Rica.
Furthermore, the Federation confirmed the 2022 U17 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by India while Costa Rica will also get a chance to host the 2022 U19 Women’s World Cup.