Host of Fifa U20 World Cup to be revealed on Thursday

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The Fifa Council is headed to Shanghai this week for its quarterly meeting on October 23-24, with one of the key items on the agenda being a final decision on whether Brazil, Indonesia or Peru will host the Fifa U20 World Cup in 2021.

For Indonesia, to host the U20 World Cup will have implications on plans by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) joint bid to host the 2034 Fifa World Cup. The other four countries in the proposed joint bid are Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) general secretary Ratu Tisha Destria had previously remarked that to host a World Cup, the association must have experience in organising a Fifa-level competition. However, of the five Asean nations in the joint-bid, only Malaysia has previously hosted the Fifa World Youth Championship in 1997.

Another key item on the agenda is the appointment of a host for the inaugural edition of an expanded football Club World Cup in 2021, with China widely reported to be the only host under consideration for the inaugural edition in June and July 2021. 

Other noteworthy announcements on the Fifa Council agenda include:

  • The appointment of the host for the Fifa U17 World Cup 2021
  • The appointment of the host for the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup 2021
  • Tournament dates for the Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup India 2020
  • The 2022 Fifa World Cup match schedule
  • Update of the bidding process for  the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023
  • The bidding timeline for the Fifa World Cup 2030