2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup In Suspense

There is major doubt if the 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup will be held this year after tournament hosts India have been suspended by FIFA.

The Bureau of the FIFA Council on Monday suspended the All India Football Federation (AIFF) with immediate effect due to undue influence from third parties.

FIFA said that influence from third parties is a serious violation of the FIFA Statutes.

“The suspension means that the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022™, scheduled to take place in India on 11-30 October 2022, cannot currently be held in India as planned,” reads a statement from FIFA.

It remains to be seen if India will be able to put their house in order soon so that the suspension is lifted before the World Cup scheduled kickoff dates.

“FIFA is assessing the next steps with regard to the tournament and will refer the matter to the Bureau of the Council if and when necessary.

“FIFA is in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved.”

Nigeria, Morocco and Tanzania will be representing Africa at this FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

Nigeria will be making their seventh appearance and have reached the Quarterfinals thrice in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

But Morocco and Tanzania are set for their debuts.

Uganda’s journey was stopped by Ethiopia after a 3-3 aggregate draw, with the latter advancing to the next round of the qualifiers on away goals rule. It ended 2-2 at Kitende before a 1-1 draw in Addis Ababa.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Groups:
•Group A: India, USA, Morocco, Brazil
•Group B: Germany, Nigeria, Chile, New Zealand
•Group C: Spain, Colombia, Mexico, China
•Group D: Japan, Tanzania, Canada, France

Did you know:
•India were scheduled to host the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup before the edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were then awarded as hosts of the next edition of the tournament in 2022, which is now in doubt.

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