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FIFA calls off 2020 U-20 and U-17 World Cup

In light of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact on football, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has taken a number of decisions related to FIFA competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup 2020 as well as the women’s youth tournaments planned for 2020.

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 has decided to cancel this year’s tournament.

In a letter sent to member Associations through CAF on Monday, December 21, 2020, the World football governing body confirmed the cancellation of the two tournaments and the qualifiers.

“We regret to inform you that due to the worldwide situation that was strongly affected by the COVID 19 as well as the difficulties all confederations are facing to complete the qualifiers phase, FIFA decided to cancel both the U-17 & U-20 Women’s World Cups -2020. Consequently, the phases of all the continental qualifiers are as well cancelled. All member associations affiliated to CAF are kindly requested to take note of the cancelation of all the matches of the qualifier’s phases of the above-mentioned competitions the letter read.

Ghana’s junior female national teams, Black Maidens (U-17) and Black Princesses (U-20) have been preparing for these tournaments. The teams broke camp in October following a temporal suspension of the qualifiers.

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