FIFA Covid-19 working group proposes June worldwide window postponements

Ross Houston
April 4, 2020

Any player born on or after 1 January, 1997 will be able to play, plus the three allocated over-aged players.

A dedicated Covid-19 working group made the decisions at their first meeting, as well as postponing the Under-20s Women's World Cup in Panama and Costa Rica and the Under-17s Women's World Cup in India.

"Given the ongoing public health situation, and following consultation with FIFA regarding the global football calendar, we have made the decision to suspend the CONCACAF Nations League Finals, which was scheduled for June 4th-7th 2020 in the Houston and Dallas areas", CONCACAF said in a statement.

It means players eligible for the intended under-23 tournament in 2020 can still play in Japan at age 24 next year.

In other decisions, the working group recommended "to postpone all worldwide matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to organise bilateral discussions with confederations concerning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in order to finalise a revised match schedule pending health and safety developments".

FIFA's working group also stated its preference for the men's Olympic football tournament to retain the eligibility criteria originally planned for Tokyo 2020.

"The FIFA-Confederations working group will continue to hold discussions on a regular basis as the situation evolves", added the statement.

World football's governing body has handed a massive boost to South Africa and other teams after making an important recommendation to the Bureau of the FIFA Council. "The LOC shall continue to provide full support to Federation Internationale de Football Association on all matters and we look forward to hosting a successful Tournament in the near future", the statement further added.

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