World football governing body FIFA has provided updates regarding the earlier scheduled to hold this year, as well as the women’s youth tournaments. The global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on several countries, economies, companies, and bodies.
The pandemic has also affected the 2020 version of the Club World Cup, and the women’s youth competition which was also slated to hold this year. There was a recent meeting of the FIFA-Confederation COVID-19 Working Group and various stakeholders were also present. The meeting also included the host member associations as they all joined heads together to evaluate available options.
The Bureau of the Council held discussions and finalized an approval regarding decisions tabled at the meeting.
FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020
The FIFA Club Cup Qatar 2020 was initially scheduled to hold in December 2020, but the starting date has been changed due to the breakout of the coronavirus pandemic. The competition has now been rescheduled to commence on the 1st of February 2021 and will be coming to an end on the 11th day of the same month.
The venue wasn’t changed, however, as it will still hold in Qatar, as agreed in June 2019 by the FIFA Council. Both FIFA and Qatar, the host country will ensure that necessary measures will be taken to safeguard the health and safety of everyone that would be involved in the tournament.
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020
The body had earlier decided to adjust the dates of both tournaments to the next year 2021. Since then, FIFA has continued consulting all stakeholders, host member nations, confederation, and participating member associations to arrive at the best decision possible.
Costa Rica will host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, while the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be hosted by India. Both tournaments will now hold in 2022.