FIFA Ladies’s U-17 World Cup: Head coach Thomas Dennerby might proceed, however the journey of a number of of his Indian gamers has ended even earlier than they may hit the highway to fame, courtesy the cancellation of subsequent yr’s FIFA Ladies’s U-17 World Cup.
Having labored so laborious and for thus lengthy, they’re now going to overlook the mega-event for no fault of theirs.
The All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday assured them that they might be thought of for choice to the senior group within the close to future.
“I consider that some gamers, who’re 2005 born on this group, could qualify to play within the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup in 2022. FIFA (has) not but (given age cut-offs) however we consider it is going to be 2005-2007 born,” AIFF basic secretary Kushal Das informed PTI.
“All these gamers are a part of total plan to develop girls’s soccer. They are going to proceed to be a part of nationwide camp.
“This group would be the core group to play in spherical one in all AFC U-20 Ladies’s Asian Cup qualifiers in March 2021 in view of their coaching and publicity up to now.”
He stated many of those gamers (who will miss out on the 2022 Ladies’s U-17 World Cup) “will make it” to the senior nationwide group for the AFC Asian Ladies’s Cup in 2022, which the nation is internet hosting.
The match in India, which was postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was on Tuesday cancelled by the world governing physique FIFA and the nation was handed the internet hosting rights of the 2022 version.
Greater than half of the gamers who have been known as for nationwide camp final yr to organize for the now-scrapped 2020 version of the match might be over the age of 19 by 2022.
The AIFF intends to kind an Indian Arrows girls’s group (like the boys’s facet that has been participating within the I-League) to play within the Hero Indian Ladies’s League.
Das indicated that head coach Dennerby might be accountable for the Indian group within the 2022 version following a contract extension.
“We consider Thomas is the appropriate coach for the U-17 World Cup group. He has now gained expertise of India and has monitor file and an excellent rapport with the assist employees.
“We will definitely be discussing with the AIFF Technical Committee to increase his contract,” he stated.
Requested if these nations which have certified for the 2020 match like Japan, Spain, England and Germany will stay for the 2022 version, he stated, “Whereas no readability as but however it appears logical that for the reason that FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup 2020 is cancelled and there’s more likely to be a brand new age group, the qualifiers might be performed once more.”
He stated there might be no monetary loss on the a part of the AIFF resulting from cancellation and the nationwide federation will focus on with FIFA about persevering with with the present Native Organising Committee until 2022.
Das stated the FIFA had taken the “finest resolution” to cancel the 2020 match as “we aren’t nonetheless not sure about 2021” so far as the pandemic is worried.
“There is no such thing as a level scheduling a world cup in an unsure scenario and enjoying in a stadium with out spectators.
“Hopefully, a vaccine might be developed and be obtainable by mid 2021 and life might be again to regular thereafter.”
He stated internet hosting each the FIFA Ladies’s U-17 World Cup and the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup in 2022 will give an excellent fillip to girls’s soccer in India and assist in making ready groups for qualification for the Ladies’s Asian Cup 2026 and the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in 2027.
The choice was taken by the Bureau of the FIFA Council which took inventory of the scenario arising out of the pandemic and its persevering with affect on soccer.
The FIFA cancelled each the ladies’s U-17 World Cup and U-20 World Cup which have been scheduled to be held in India and Costa Rica respectively however handed each the nations the internet hosting rights of the 2022 editions.