The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), taking into consideration the uncertainty and risks in view of the current pandemic, has decided to cancel a number of competitions to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders.
In line with FIFA’s decision to cancel the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups in 2021 and taking into consideration the safety and health of Asia’s youth players, the AFC has reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 AFC U-16 Championship – Bahrain and the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship – Uzbekistan.
The next editions of both competitions will be allocated to the same hosts in 2023 when the Uzbekistan Football Association will host the AFC U20 Asian Cup and Bahrain Football Association will stage the AFC U17 Asian Cup.
The AFC has also decided to cancel the 2020 AFC Futsal Championship – Kuwait and the 2021 AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup – Thailand. Both the Kuwait Football Association and the Football Association of Thailand will host the next editions. Kuwait will stage the 2022 AFC Futsal Asian Cup and Thailand, the 2023 AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “We are grateful for the support of the hosts for these competitions who agreed with the AFC the need to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders during this time of uncertainty and taking into consideration the risks of the current pandemic.”
The AFC has also decided to reschedule the qualifying rounds for the 2022 AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup and 2022 AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup.