In mild of the present world COVID-19 pandemic and its persevering with impression on soccer, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has taken a variety of selections associated to FIFA competitions, together with the FIFA Membership World Cup 2020 in addition to the ladies’s youth tournaments deliberate for 2020.
Following dialogue and approval at the latest assembly of the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, and in session with varied stakeholders – together with the host Member Associations – to guage all choices, the Bureau of the Council has determined:
FIFA Membership World Cup Qatar 2020
The FIFA Membership World Cup Qatar 2020, which was initially scheduled for December, has been topic to the disruptive impact of the pandemic on the Confederations’ continental membership championships that function a pathway for the occasion.
The introduction of strict return-to-play protocols has facilitated a profitable resumption of continental membership championships the final of which is now scheduled to conclude by the tip of January 2021.
Consequently, the FIFA Membership World Cup 2020 will now be held from February 1-11, 2021, going down in Qatar as per the unique host appointment by the FIFA Council in June 2019.
In keeping with FIFA’s Worldwide Match Protocol, FIFA and the host nation will present the required safeguards for the well being and security of all concerned.
In September, OFC’s Govt Committee made the choice to cancel the OFC Champions League 2020 with no winner declared given solely the group levels had been accomplished.
The Govt Committee will nominate a membership to attend subsequent yr’s FIFA Membership World as OFC’s consultant.
“We acknowledge the Bureau of the FIFA Council’s choice relating to the rescheduled FIFA Membership World Cup and can proceed to stay in shut contact with FIFA,” OFC Common Secretary Franck Castillo mentioned.
“OFC’s Govt Committee is assessing all the data accessible to them and can decide to appoint OFC’s consultant for the event within the coming days.”
FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup 2020 and FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup 2020
Because the earlier choice earlier this yr to reschedule each tournaments to early 2021, FIFA has been consulting with all stakeholders – together with the host Member Associations, collaborating Member Associations and Confederations – to constantly monitor the state of affairs in relation to the pandemic, specifically with regard to any potential impression on the general welfare and security of age-group gamers and contributors.
As a part of this in depth session course of and the “well being and security first” method FIFA has taken, additional main issues in a number of areas have been additionally raised by stakeholders throughout this course of in relation to the internet hosting of age-group tournaments scheduled for 2020.
These issues included, amongst others, challenges round preparation time for age-group groups, and the quite a few obstacles to finalising the continental qualification tournaments because of the pandemic.
Consequently and after cautious consideration of the suggestions acquired by the stakeholders mixed with the lack to additional postpone these tournaments, the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group subsequently beneficial that the 2020 editions of the 2 ladies’s youth tournaments be cancelled and that the internet hosting rights for the 2022 editions be supplied to the international locations that have been attributable to host the 2020 editions.
In mild of this, and following additional session between FIFA and the respective host Member Associations relating to the 2022 editions of the tournaments, the Bureau of the Council has accepted Costa Rica as host of the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup 2022 and India as host of the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup 2022 respectively.
New Zealand have been attributable to attend every respective event as OFC’s consultant.
FIFA want to categorical its gratitude to the host Member Associations, in addition to the authorities in Qatar, Costa Rica, Panama and India, for his or her dedication and the event preparations made to date. FIFA seems ahead to persevering with to work intently along with the host international locations to organise profitable tournaments.
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