Costa Rica and Panama will co-host the 2020 Under-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled to hold in August August, says FIFA.
The event will be the first co-hosting of a FIFA youth tournament and will feature 16 teams while the venues and other crucial details will be released at a later date.
“We would like to thank the Costa Rican and Panamanian football associations for their commitment towards women’s football and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in particular. We are looking forward to a fantastic competition in August,” said FIFA’s Chief Tournaments and Events Officer, Colin Smith, in a statement.
Earlier in August, a delegation from FIFA had visited Nigeria to inspect facilities on ground after the West Africa country submitted its bid to host the tourney. However, after the inspection, FIFA still stressed the need for adequate facilities.
In a move to avoid any last minute disappointment from Nigeria, FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino discussed with President Carlos Alvarado o his visit to the Central American country in November.
“We talked about the very real possibility of organizing next year, in September, the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica with Panama,” Infantino said at the time, after discussing the issue with President Carlos Alvarado. Costa Rica previously hosted the U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2014. However, President Alvarado said the Costa Rican government would “work hard” to make another Costa Rican World Cup “a reality.”