Fifa have announced the cancellation of the men’s Under-20 and Under-17 World Cup tournaments in 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Indonesia and Peru, who were set to host the under-17 and under-20 tournaments respectively have now been appointed to host the 2023 editions.
“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,” reads the statement from the world football governing body, released on Thursday.
“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.”
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