COVID-19: FIFA scraps a pair of women's championships in 2021

The Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s World Cups are casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FIFA initially moved the world championships, scheduled to be played in 2020 in Costa Rica and Panama (U-20) and India (U-17), to 2021.

But the Bureau of the Council canceled the 2021 events, citing "major concerns in several areas" raised by stakeholders, including challenges age-group teams have had training and confederations have had organizing  qualifying tournaments due to the pandemic.

Concacaf played the U-20 women's championship in the Dominican Republic, which the USA won in March, but the U-17 qualifying tournament was never played. No U.S. national youth team -- men or women -- has played since then.

UEFA postponed, then reformatted its U-17 women's championship before scrapping the tournament. France won the UEFA U-20 qualifying tournament, played in 2019.

FIFA approved Costa Rica as host of the 2022 U-20 Women’s World Cup and India as host of the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup.

-- FIFA also moved the Club World Cup 2020 to Feb. 1-11, 2021, in Qatar.
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