FIFA has snubbed Nigeria and awarded the U20 Women’s World Cup hosting right to Central American duo of Costa Rica and Panama.
Nigeria had shown interest to host the tournament, their first international FIFA event since the U17 World Cup in 2009, but that dream will have to wait much longer.
FIFA team was in Nigeria in August to inspect the facility in bidding cities where they paid a visit to stadiums, hotels medical facilities among others.
The team were not satisfied with what they saw on the ground and has now opted to award the right to Costa Rica and Panama.
FIFA revealed after inspection visit to Costa Rica and Panama, as well as further discussions with the two relevant member associations that the Bureau of the FIFA Council has confirmed that the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 will be played in August in Costa Rica and Panama.
“We would like to thank the Costa Rican and Panamanian football associations for their commitment towards women’s football and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in particular. We are looking forward to a fantastic competition in August,” said FIFA’s Chief Tournaments and Events Officer Colin Smith on Friday.
“After the highly successful FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this year, it is important that we build on the momentum at all levels of the game. The U20WWC in Costa Rica and Panama next year is a perfect opportunity for us to continue driving the popularity of the game and with it being the first jointly hosted tournament – we can make the impact even greater,” said Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer.
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