Uzbekistan has been awarded the Asian Under-20 Cup of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for under-20s.
The AFC Executive Committee confirmed that the country will host the event, which will be held from April 4 to 17, during its latest meeting.
The governing body of Asian football has also selected Indonesia to play in the AFC Asian Under-17 Women’s Cup in 2022, and the tournament is scheduled for May 9-22.
The AFC said that the establishment of the Champions League 2020 in Doha “provided a comprehensive blueprint for replication in 2021”, because it aims to continue the full schedule of events this year.
The AFC, like many other organizations, has been forced to cancel events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, it also decided to hold each of its qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in May and June in one country in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
“The successful completion of the AFC Champions League in 2020 has given us a pattern to approach with greater confidence in 2021 and our thanks must go to the Qatar Football Federation, Qatari authorities and medical professionals for their commitment and support,” said AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.
“It was crucial for us to show the world that Asian football is ready to return – for players, teams and fans across the continent and, equally important, we must continue to show that the AFC is in the best position to provide safe and competitive world class as emphasized in the AFC vision. “
The AFC has confirmed that it plans to hold its annual congress along with the annual awards in Doha in November.
Members of the AFC Executive Committee were also briefed on FIFA’s decision to suspend the Pakistan Football Federation after its former leadership stormed its Lahore headquarters and forcibly removed the Normalization Committee established to run its affairs.
The meeting was attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.