FIFA cancels U17 and U20 World Cups in 2021 – football

FIFA has canceled the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups scheduled for subsequent yr because of the pandemic. The subsequent editions at the moment are attributable to be staged in 2023, with Indonesia nonetheless internet hosting the U20s and Peru the U17s.

FIFA says “the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel.”

The governing physique added “it became clear that the global situation 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.”

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U-17 World Cup will help change overall mindset about women’s football in India: Bala Devi – football

National workforce striker Bala Devi feels the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2022 will help change the overall mindset about women’s football in India. The event was initially scheduled to be held this 12 months however was first postponed to 2021 after which pushed again by one other 12 months to 2022.

“Earlier, we didn’t see many girls play football. Now, the numbers have gone up significantly. In the FIFA U-17 World Cup, more girls from various countries will come to India and our girls will get an opportunity to rub shoulders with the world’s best. That will help change the overall mindset,” the Rangers Women FC ahead informed AIFF TV.

The All-India Football Federation (AIFF) is ready to host the second FIFA World Cup in 5 years, and the 30-12 months-outdated striker feels that it will help the nation “shine” on a worldwide stage.

“It will make India shine brighter. All the boys who played in FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, are competing in the top tier league now. I believe it will be a great opportunity for our girls to get noticed internationally, let alone in India,” acknowledged Bala.

She recalled how she was criticised for taking part in football however her father, who himself was a state-stage participant, beat the chances to help her realise her dream.

“I used to play with the local boys initially. Many people started talking about my playing and started criticising me My father was a footballer and he used to motivate me always. Even today, he is my go-to person for any kind of football query, however silly it may be,” she mentioned.

“He taught me to think about football 24/7 and even sleep with a ball in the bed. Sometimes, I even kicked in the middle of sleep and that’s how the passion grew within me. I would request all the parents to encourage and back their children so they can attain their dream.”

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AIFF hints at extension for Dennerby, eyes role for U-17 players in future senior team – football

Head coach Thomas Dennerby may proceed, however the journey of a number of of his Indian players has ended even earlier than they might hit the highway to fame, courtesy the cancellation of subsequent yr’s FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup. Having labored so exhausting and for so lengthy, they’re now not sure about their future for no fault of theirs.

As comfort, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday assured them that they might be thought of for choice to the senior team in the close to future.

“I believe that some players, who are 2005 born in this team, may qualify to play in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2022. FIFA (has) not yet (given age cut-offs) but we believe it will be 2005-2007 born,” AIFF basic secretary Kushal Das advised PTI.

“All these players are part of overall plan to develop women’s football. They will continue to be part of national camp. This team will be the core team to play in round one of AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers in March 2021 in view of their training and exposure so far.”

He mentioned many of those players (who will miss out on the 2022 Women’s U-17 World Cup) “will make it” to the senior nationwide team for the AFC Asian Women’s Cup in 2022, which the nation is internet hosting.

The event in India, which was postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was on Tuesday cancelled by the world governing physique FIFA and the nation was handed the internet hosting rights of the 2022 version.

More than half of the players who have been referred to as for nationwide camp final yr to organize for the now-scrapped 2020 version of the event can be over the age of 19 by 2022.

The AIFF intends to type an Indian Arrows ladies’s team (like the boys’s aspect that has been participating in the I-League) to play in the Hero Indian Women’s League.

Das indicated that head coach Dennerby can be in cost of the Indian team in the 2022 version following a contract extension.

“We believe Thomas is the right coach for the U-17 World Cup team. He has now gained experience of India and has a good track record and a very good rapport with the support staff. “We will certainly be discussing with the AIFF Technical Committee to extend his contract,” he mentioned.

Asked if these nations which have certified for the 2020 event like Japan, Spain, England and Germany will stay for the 2022 version, he mentioned, “While no clarity as yet but it seems logical that since the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 is cancelled and there is likely to be a new age group, the qualifiers will be played again.”

He mentioned there can be no monetary loss on the a part of the AIFF as a result of cancellation and the nationwide federation will focus on with FIFA about persevering with with the present Local Organising Committee until 2022.

Das mentioned the FIFA had taken the “best decision” to cancel the 2020 event as “we are not still not certain about 2021” so far as the pandemic is anxious.

“There is no point scheduling a world cup in an uncertain situation and playing in a stadium without spectators. Hopefully, a vaccine will be developed and be available by mid 2021 and life will be back to normal thereafter.”

He mentioned internet hosting each the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 will give a terrific fillip to ladies’s football in India and assist in making ready groups for qualification for the Women’s Asian Cup 2026 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2027.

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