October 23, 2021


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No FIFA U17 & U20 World Cups in 2021

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The FIFA logo is fixed on a wall of the FIFA headquarters during a meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. FIFA canceled a news conference scheduled with President Sepp Blatter without explanation, fueling the sense of turmoil surrounding footballs embattled governing body. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)There will be no Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups in 2021 after FIFA cancelled the tournaments.Ghana’s U20 team, the Black Satellites, recently won the WAFU Zone B tournament and qualified to the CAF U20 Cup of Nations where they would contested for a world ticket.The Bureau of the FIFA Council announced its decision on Thursday, 24 December 2020, due to the covid-19 pandemic.A statement read: “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.”

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