The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India in November was on Saturday postponed by the football’s world governing body due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
The women’s age group showpiece was to be held at five venues in the country from November 2 to 21.
The decision was taken by the FIFA Confederations working group, which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The working group, according to a FIFA statement decided to “postpone the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020 – originally scheduled for August/September 2020 – and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 – originally scheduled for November 2020.
“New dates will be identified.”
The working group includes the FIFA administration and Secretary Generals and top executives from all confederations.
It unanimously approved a series of recommendations following its first meeting, which was organised via conference late on Friday.
While the tournament itself is five months away but just a few qualifying events have been held so far and the remaining have not been held due to the global health crisis, which has affected more than a million people.
Over 50,000 deaths have been caused by the deadly outbreak so far.