AFC cancels U-16 and U-19 Asian championships
Published: 07:03 PM, 25 January 2021
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Monday that a number of competitions supposed to be held this year are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the AFC U-16 and U-19 championships.
The Asian football governing body said, “The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), taking into consideration the uncertainty and risks in view of the current pandemic, has decided to cancel a number of competitions to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders.”
In line with FIFA’s decision to cancel the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups in 2021 and taking into consideration the safety and health of Asia’s youth players, the AFC has reluctantly decided to cancel the AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 and the AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020, said AFC.
The next editions of both competitions will be allocated to the same hosts in 2023.
The AFC has also decided to cancel the AFC Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020 and the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2021.
Both the Kuwait Football Association and the Football Association of Thailand will host the next editions, namely, Kuwait will stage the AFC Futsal Asian Cup 2022 and Thailand, the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup 2023.
The AFC has also decided to reschedule the qualifying rounds for the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup 2022 and AFC U-17 Women’s Asian Cup 2022 until later this year.