Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA has canceled the 2021 U-17 and U-20 World Cups, the federation announced in a release on Thursday. The U-17 World Cup was initially expected to take place in Peru and the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, with FIFA also confirming that the respective tournaments will instead be held in 2023 by both nations.
FIFA said in Thursday’s statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel. Therefore, FIFA periodically contacted the appropriate stakeholders, including the host member associations and the confederations participating in the two tournaments, which were originally scheduled to take place in 2021.
In doing so, it became clear that the global situation has failed to normalize to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways.”