The 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be held in India has been rescheduled to next year. The tournament will be staged from February 17 to March 7, 2021, the governing body announced on May 12. The tournament was initially scheduled from November 2-21 this year and was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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FIFA announced that the tournament will keep original eligibility criteria despite the postponement -- players born on or after January 1, 2003 and on or before December 31, 2005 will be eligible to compete.
Following FIFA’s announcement the AIFF and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed the new dates too. In a statement released by them the LOC also confirmed that the dates were confirmed after taking into account the time needed to complete the UEFA, CONCACAF, CAF, OFC, and CONMEBOL qualification tournaments as well as the best possible conditions in the country to host a successful FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
“We are now looking ahead and hoping to host a wonderful tournament that will give women’s football in India, the perfect platform to grow and develop,” the statement said.
“All the host cities have put in a lot of effort and commitment so far, and we are happy that the new dates will allow them to make up for the lost time and provide momentum going forward. All the stakeholders, including the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, have been supportive of the decision keeping in mind the health, safety and security of everyone involved, especially the teams and fans. The LOC will continue to work together with FIFA, and we remain fully committed to hosting a memorable and successful tournament.”
New dates were also announced for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. It will now be held between January 20 and February 6, 2021 in Panama and Costa Rica.
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