FIFA U-20 showpiece in Argentina kitty  


Argentina will host FIFA U20 World Cup Image: FIFA

The Bureau of the FIFA Council (main decision-making body of the organization) has confirmed Argentina as the host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023™.

‘FIFA’ stated that the decision follows the removal of the original tournament host, Indonesia, as well as a subsequent bid submitted by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and an onsite inspection by a FIFA delegation to the South American country recently. The delegation members visited the proposed tournament venues and associated infrastructure. The hosting agreement has been signed by the AFA, along with all other relevant documents on the part of the host and the local authorities.

Zürich (Switzerland)-based the Fédération internationale de football association (FIFA) is the international governing body of association football, beach soccer and futsal. It was founded in 1904 to oversee international competition among the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) is the governing body of football in Argentina based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup™ will 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.

‘FIFA’ further stated that the FIFA U-20 World Cup will take place from May 20th to June 11th, 2023 and will feature six groups of four teams. Having been awarded the hosting rights to the tournament, Argentina will compete in the event in place of Indonesia. Argentina is the most successful nation in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, having won the tournament six times, most recently in 2007. The country also hosted the competition in 2001.

Remarked Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, “FIFA is delighted to announce that this year’s edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup™ will take place in Argentina, as the home of the world champions opens its doors to tomorrow’s superstars of world football. I would like to thank the AFA and particularly its President Claudio Tapia, as well as the Governmental authorities, for their commitment to hosting this magnificent event at such a short notice. The U-20 World Cup plays a key role in FIFA’s efforts to promote youth football across the world. Since 1977, this tournament has featured some of the greatest players of the past decades, including the Argentine football players Diego Armando Maradona, Lionel Messi, French football player Paul Pogba, Norwegian football player Erling Haaland, and many others. Having this year’s edition taking place in a country that lives and breathes football will be a tremendous inspiration for the stars of tomorrow.”

Following the confirmation of the new hosts, the Official Draw of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023™ will take place on April 21st at the Home of FIFA in Zürich. Further details will be provided in due course.

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