August 29 – Myanmar and Thailand have pulled out of a joint bid to stage the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2021, leaving Indonesia to take on the joint bid from Saudi Arabia and the UAE to try and bring the tournament to Asia.
The withdrawal announcement was made during the third ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Council Meeting held in Thailand.
FIFA confirmed in July that they had received eight bids, the others being Brazil and Peru, with the hosts expected to be appointed by the FIFA Council later this year.
“We are naturally very happy that Indonesia have emerged as the only bid from ASEAN to host the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2021,” PSSI general secretary and AFF vice-president Ratu Tisha Destria was quoted as saying. “With this latest development, we are hopeful that the whole of ASEAN will support Indonesia’s bidding process and consequent hosting of this major FIFA championship.”
“We welcome this new development and I would like to reiterate our firm support for Indonesia in their bid to host the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2021,” added AFF president Khiev Sameth.
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