WC cancelled, India to host 2022 edition
Online Staff/GUWAHATI, Nov 17: The 2020 edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has been cancelled because of COVID-19 pandemic. Now FIFA allotted India the right to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022.
In a release the LOC and All India Football Federation said, “After the decision to award India the hosting rights for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2019, football has received a boost, and the profile of the women’s game has been raised in the country. It is our objective to encourage more girls to take up football and celebrate the game with pride. This development will continue with the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup now scheduled to be hosted in India in 2022.”
The release added: “It is unfortunate that the tournament will not take place in 2021 as the global situation has failed to normalise to a sufficient level to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, future tournaments will benefit from the work put in and progress made so far including the development of eight new training sites in Ahmedabad and Bhubaneswar, and renovation of the Kalinga Stadium. We’re thankful to our Host Cities, the five state governments, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, FIFA and fans who continue to support us throughout this journey.”
President of the All India Football Federation and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee Praful Patel in his reaction said, “In light of not being able to host the tournament next year, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in India in 2022 comes as a delightful silver lining. Following discussions with FIFA, we agreed that hosting the tournament without proper qualifications and without spectators led to more uncertainty, and it would have taken away from our objective of developing and promoting women’s football by hosting the competition in such circumstances. We now have a unique opportunity to start afresh and still have a considerable head start from the work that has been already put in.”