— Published 27 March 2023

World U20 draw cancelled

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup, scheduled for 20 May to 11 June 2023 in Indonesia, is under threat. The draw for the tournament, which was due to take place on Friday 31 March, has been cancelled. And the entire tournament is now written in the conditional. The reason is the presence of Israel in the final draw. Indonesia had assured FIFA that it would be able to host all the matches, but AP reports that Bali Governor Wayan Koster has written a letter to the central government asking it to refuse to host Israel’s team. The Indonesian sports minister responded by explaining that he was looking for “a compromise“, while insisting that the government was committed to hosting all teams, including Israel, which had qualified for the U20 World Cup for the first time in its history. Obviously, the announced compromise has not yet been found. The draw has therefore been cancelled. FIFA refused to comment, but if Israel is not accepted, the Indonesian Football Federation could be suspended and lose the organisation of the World Cup.