The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have announced the cancellation of the men’s U-17 and U-20 World Cups which were scheduled to take place in Peru and Indonesia respectively due the impact of coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement released on its website on Thursday night, FIFA said both competitions will not be held next year due to disruption of global activities by COVID-19 but it said the next competition will take in 2023 at the same venues that were to host the 2021 tournament.
“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,” the football governing body said in a statement.
“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,” it added.
FIFA appreciated the efforts of host member associations in preparations for the tournament and the commitment of both Peru and Indonesia government.