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FIFA Cancels U-20, U-17 Women’s World Cups

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Respite has come the way of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as they are in the coming days to receive $500,000 (about 200 million Naira) from FIFA as a palliative for the Coronavirus Pandemic, Todayng reports.

Due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to cancel the 2020 women’s youth tournaments.

Following discussion and approval at the most recent meeting of the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, and in consultation with various stakeholders – including the host member associations – to evaluate all options, the Bureau of the Council cancelled the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.

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Since the previous decision earlier this year to reschedule both tournaments to early 2021, FIFA has had an extensive consultation process with stakeholders and concerns arising included challenges around preparation time for age-group teams, and the numerous obstacles to finalising the continental qualification tournaments due to the pandemic.

As a result and 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 supposed to host the 2020 editions.

In light of this, the Bureau of the Council has approved Costa Rica as host of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2022 and India as host of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022 respectively.

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