The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) on Tuesday confirmed that the Under 17 and Under 20 Women’s World Cup tournaments have been cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19 on football events.
“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.” Reads a statement on the FIFA Website.
The FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup was initially supposed to be hosted in India in November this year, but with the outbreak of COVID-19, FIFA decided to push it to February next year.
It is upon this background that FIFA after a thorough study has decided to cancel the tournament.
“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.”
“As part of this extensive consultation process and the “health and safety first” approach FIFA has taken, further major concerns in several areas were also raised by stakeholders during this process in relation to the hosting of age-group tournaments scheduled for 2020.”
The Uganda U17 Women’s National Team was supposed to play against Cameroon in the final qualification match to determine the teams that would represent Africa.