Kolkata, May 12 : Following a thorough assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the world football body -FIFA- has rescheduled the Women's World Cup India, 2020 to February 17 to March 7, 2021 " FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020, 17 February - 7 March 2021 (tournament to keep original eligibility criteria: players born on or after 1 January 2003 and on or before 31 December 2005)," a All India Football Federation statement said today. Statement by the AIFF and the Local Organising Committee on the announcement of new dates for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 Following today’s announcement by FIFA, the AIFF and LOC , new dates for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020™ , which will now be held between February 17 and March 7, 2021. The dates were confirmed after taking into account the time needed to complete the UEFA, CONCACAF, CAF, OFC, and CONMEBOL qualification tournaments as well as the best possible conditions in the country to host a successful FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
" We are now looking ahead and hoping to host a wonderful tournament that will give women’s football in India, the perfect platform to grow and develop," the release added. " All the host cities have put in a lot of effort and commitment so far, and we are happy that the new dates will allow them to make up for the lost time and provide momentum going forward. All the stakeholders, including the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, have been supportive of the decision keeping in mind the health, safety and security of everyone involved, especially the teams and fans. The LOC will continue to work together with FIFA, and we remain fully committed to hosting a memorable and successful tournament," (UNI)