On Monday, FIFA announced that Argentina will host the U-20 World Cup from May 20 to June 11. The decision came after the organization withdrew the hosting rights from Indonesia, just weeks before the tournament was scheduled to start.
As the home of the world champions, Argentina is excited to welcome the future superstars of football from around the world. In addition to hosting the event, the Argentine team will participate in place of Indonesia, who failed to qualify on merit.
FIFA’s decision to withdraw hosting rights from Indonesia followed protests against Israel’s participation in the tournament. Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, and support for the Palestinian cause runs high in the country.
Argentina volunteered as an alternative host, and FIFA conducted an on-site inspection of facilities last week. The draw for the tournament is set to take place on April 21 in Zurich.
Despite facing significant economic difficulties, including tens of billions in IMF debt and inflation exceeding 100 percent year-on-year, the Argentine government fully supports the hosting bid by the Argentine Football Association (AFA).
Argentina has won the most U-20 World Cups, with six titles in total. FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed his delight at Argentina’s selection as host, saying that he looks forward to the world’s top young players showcasing their talent in the country.