After having canceled the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups for women, which were postponed from 2020 to 2021, FIFA has canceled the 2021 men's tournaments for U-17s and U-20s scheduled to be played in Peru and Indonesia, respectively.
FIFA appointed Peru and Indonesia and Peru as the hosts of the 2023 editions. (Costa Rica and India will be the hosts of the 2023 women's championships.)
In a statement, FIFA said the COVID-19 pandemic "has failed to normalize to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways."
The only confederation whose entrants for the 2021 U-20 World Cup were determined on the men's side was UEFA -- and that was not on the basis of finishing its qualifying tournament but on selecting the teams occupying the top five positions in UEFA's coefficient ranking in preliminary play completed in 2019.
The Concacaf U-20 men's qualifying tournament was slated to be played in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in June 2020 and was never rescheduled after being postponed.
U.S. Soccer appointed Anthony Hudson
as U-20 men's head coach in January, and the U-20s played two games against Mexico at a camp that month. The U-17s played at a UEFA Development Tournament in England in February.
The USA reached the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Four players would have been holdovers from the 2019 team for the 2021 team: Uly Llanez
, Konrad de la Fuente
, Julian Araujo
and David Ochoa
Llanez, de la Fuente and Araujo earned senior caps in 2020; Ochoa was called into the December national team team but had to withdraw because of an injury.
Other young Americans who were eligible for the 2021 U-20 World Cup included Gio Reyna
and Yunus Musah
, who both started in the senior national team's two November friendlies, Owen Otasowie
, who also made his senior debut in November, and such MLS players as Bryan Reynolds
(FC Dallas), Aidan Morris
(who started for the Columbus Crew in MLS Cup 2020), Cole Bassett
(Colorado Rapids) and Gianluca Busio