FIFA admits U-24 in Tokyo: the team that qualified will be in the Olympics

first_imgThe working group made the following recommendations to the Bureau:On the international men’s match calendar-To postpone all international matches to be played during the next window in June 2020.-Organize bilateral discussions with the confederations on the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to finalize a revised match schedule pending health and safety developments.On the international women’s match schedule:-To postpone all international matches to be played during the next window in June 2020.-Include the new dates for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in the international calendar of women’s matches.-Create a working subgroup in the schedule of women’s international matches to consider possible changes to the schedule and dates of the postponed FIFA final tournaments.Regarding FIFA competitions:-Post the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Panama / Costa Rica 2020 – originally scheduled for August / September 2020 – and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 – originally scheduled for November 2020. They will be identified new dates.-Agree that a decision on the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania, scheduled for September 2020, will be made in late April 2020, and dates for a possible postponement will already be considered.About the postponed Men’s Olympic Football Tournament (preliminary and final tournament competitions):-Maintain the originally planned eligibility criteria (players born on or after 01.01.1997 and three additional players).Regarding the regulatory affairs of football:-Support the work of the FIFA-led working group on transfer issues (comprised of all key football players: confederations, member associations, leagues, clubs and players) so that the guidelines and recommendations are published as soon as possible.Creation of a global support fund for football:-Design a person per confederation to coordinate on this issue together with FIFA, with the working group informed of developments.-The FIFA-Confederations working group will continue to hold regular discussions as the situation evolves. The Tokyo Games will finally be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, after its postponement was decided due to the coronavirus health crisis on the 24th. This postponement opened an unknown question in football, the only sport with limits. old. Of the 18 players called up by each team, 15 must have been under-23 (the other three have no age limit). That is to say, in this 2020 the players should have been born from the year 1997. The question was whether this postponement of the Games would also imply an increase of one year in age. Well, FIFA has solved it this Friday. The world’s top soccer body, in a statement, has confirmed that the men’s teams at the 2020-21 Tokyo Olympics will be U-24 (plus the three ‘veterans’ allowed). Thus, in Spain those who qualified for the National Team will be able to play in Tokyo 2021.FIFA thus hears the voices that many federations raised when the Games were postponed. Like the one of the Spanish Federation or the Australian one. “I hope that FIFA and IOC change the rule so that the players who have qualified for the Olympic Games can fulfill their dream,” said Graham Arnold, Australia coach.So, in the case of the Spanish National Team, players like Vallejo, Oyarzabal, Mayoral or Soler, who seemed to be out of the Olympic event due to the postponement, have received this Friday the great news that they will be able to enjoy if they are selected for some Games for those who got the ticket. They are joined by footballers such as Grabriel Jesus, Lautaro Martínez and Dembélé.In addition, FIFA officially announced that it postponed all international matches that were to be played during the next window of June 2020 and also that it postponed, without a definite date, the U-20 and U-17 women’s World Cups that should have been played in August and November of this year, respectively.This is the FIFA statementThe FIFA-Confederations working group, recently created by the FIFA Council Bureau to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and which includes the FIFA administration and the secretaries-general and senior executives of all confederations, unanimously approved a series of recommendations after their first meeting, which was arranged by conference call today.FIFA wishes to acknowledge the positive contributions and cooperation of all the representatives of the confederations and to highlight the spirit of unity, solidarity and mutual understanding that culminated in the adoption of these decisions. FIFA also reiterates that health must always be the first priority and the main criterion in any decision-making process, especially in these difficult times.last_img

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