2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup

The 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup was to be the 23rd edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the biennial international men's youth football championship contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA, since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. It was scheduled to be hosted by Indonesia between 20 May and 12 June 2021,[1] which would be the first FIFA tournament hosted by the country.[2] It would also be only the second U-20 World Cup to be held in Southeast Asia, first since 1997, and the first FIFA tournament in the region since the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup.

2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Piala Dunia di Bawah Usia 20 Tahun 2021
Piala Dunia U-20 2021
Piala Dunia U-20 FIFA 2021
Tournament details
Host countryIndonesia
DatesCancelled
(originally 20 May – 12 June)[1]
Teams24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
2019
2023

Ukraine were the defending champions, but did not qualify for the tournament after the UEFA decided to cancel 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Northern Ireland due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, and nominated five countries to participate in the U-20 World Cup based on the UEFA qualifying round coefficient ranking for the 2019–20 season.[3] Thus, they became the seventh consecutive incumbent title holders to fail to qualify for the subsequent tournament.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced FIFA to cancel the 2021 tournament and award the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosting rights to Indonesia on 24 December 2020.[4]

Host selectionEdit

Five bids to host the tournament were submitted per 23 May 2019.[5] On 4 September 2019 there were three active bids under consideration.[6] On 23 October 2019 it was reported that Brazil withdrew their bid due to low winning chances.[7] The next day, Indonesia was announced as the winning bidder after the FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai, China.[2]

  •   Indonesia (AFC)

Indonesia had never hosted any FIFA tournament before, however had co-hosted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and solely hosted the 1962 and 2018 Asian Games.

  •   Peru (CONMEBOL)

Peru had hosted one FIFA tournament, the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. They originally won the bid to host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup but later withdrawn by FIFA.

Withdrawn bids
  •   Myanmar /   Thailand (AFC)

Thailand had hosted the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup while Myanmar had never hosted any FIFA tournament.

The joint bid of Myanmar and Thailand was withdrawn in favor of the Indonesian bid on 27 August 2019.[8]

  •   Bahrain /   Saudi Arabia /   United Arab Emirates (AFC)

Bahrain had never hosted any FIFA tournament. Saudi Arabia had hosted four FIFA tournaments, the last three were the first three editions of the FIFA Confederations Cup, originally King Fahd Cup, named after the then-Saudi king. United Arab Emirates had held seven FIFA tournaments, namely the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and four FIFA Club World Cups (2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018). Saudi and UAE were also the only countries in the bidding process to had hosted the U-20 World Cup before, in 1989 and 2003 respectively.

The joint bid of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and UAE was left out from the list of FIFA U-20 World Cup bidders on 4 September 2019.[6]

  •   Brazil (CONMEBOL)

Brazil had the most impressive record of hosting FIFA tournaments among the bidding countries individually; it had hosted two men's senior FIFA World Cups (1950 and 2014), the 2016 Olympic men's and women's football tournaments, the 2000 FIFA Club World Championship, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and was about to host the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup during the bidding process. It also hosted the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup and the first three editions of the FIFA-organized Beach Soccer World Cup (2005, 2006, and 2007), to make a total of 11 FIFA tournaments hosted.

Brazil withdrew on 23 October 2019 due to expectations of low winning chances according to Brazilian network Rede Globo.[7] Had they won this bid, they would have become the first country to host all categories of FIFA-organized men's tournament (senior, U-20, U-17, Futsal, Club, and Beach Soccer).

Qualified teamsEdit

A total of 24 teams would have qualified for the final tournament. In addition to Indonesia which automatically qualified as hosts, 23 other teams would have qualified from six separate continental competitions. Only teams from UEFA had secured qualification to the tournament prior to its cancellation.

Confederation Qualifying tournament Team Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance
AFC (Asia) Host nation   Indonesia 2nd 1979 Group stage (1979)
UEFA (Europe)
(5 teams)
2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship
(cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe,
teams were nominated by UEFA)
[3]
  England 12th 2017 Champions (2017)
  France 8th 2019 Champions (2013)
  Italy 8th 2019 Third place (2017)
  Netherlands 5th 2005 Quarter-finals (1983, 2001, 2005)
  Portugal 13th 2019 Champions (1989, 1991)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Workshop Virtual untuk Persiapan Piala Dunia U-20" [Virtual Workshop for U-20 World Cup Preparation]. pssi.org (in Indonesian). Football Association of Indonesia. 17 June 2020. Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "FIFA Council unanimously appoints China PR as hosts of new Club World Cup in 2021". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "2020 Under-19 EURO cancelled". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 October 2020. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Update on FIFA Women's World Cup and men's youth competitions". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Five expressions of interest received for hosting FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 23 May 2019. Archived from the original on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Three bids submitted for FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021™". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 September 2019. Archived from the original on 5 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b Siqueira, Igor (23 October 2019). "Fifa deve escolher China para Mundial de Clubes 2021; Brasil perde força por Sub-20" [FIFA should choose China for Club World Cup 2021; Brazil loses strength by U-20]. O Globo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Indonesia, the lone ASEAN bid for FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021". ASEAN Football Federation. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.

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