Concacaf drops U17 women’s comp, but welcomes Costa Rica’s retention of U20 World Cup hosting

November 18 – Concacaf has cancelled its U17 Women’s championship and welcomed FIFA’s decision to keep the next edition of the U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

“The impact of COVID-19 has been significant on the football calendar. With further uncertainty regarding options for dates in 2021 and concern over international travel of minors in the current environment, it is particularly challenging to reschedule youth competitions,” said a Concacaf statement.

The Concacaf U17 championship would have qualified the region’s representatives for the U17 World Cup originally scheduled to be played in India this year.

As well as cancelling the U17 women, FIFA also cancelled the 2020 U20 Women’s World Cup, originally scheduled to be played this year in Costa Rica and Panama.

“However, the Confederation welcomes FIFA’s decision to award to Costa Rica the 2022 edition of this World Cup. The Costa Rican Federation will prove an excellent host for the competition,” said Concacaf.

The regional body also confirmed that the winner of its centralised 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League final in December 22 will represent the confederation at the rescheduled 2020 Club World Cup in Qatar in February 2021.

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