The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has cancelled the U-17 and U-20 Men’s World Cup tournaments which were scheduled for next year in Peru and Indonesia.
The decision which aims to better the game of football, was confirmed in a statement seen by ChimpReports.
“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,” read part of the statement.
When the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to present challenges for hosting of international games, FIFA therefore, consulted the relevant stakeholders, including the host member associations as well as the confederations involved in both tournaments.
Both championships were originally scheduled to take place in 2021 but the situation worsened as Covid-19 cases escalated globally.
“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 added.
FIFA’s decision makes the date of the U-17 and U-20 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments unclear as these events act as qualifiers from the Confederation of African Football.