Nigeria has lost the bid to become the first African Country to host the U-20 Women’s World cup in 2020. After
FIFA’s decision to go with Costa Rica and Panama as joint hosts.
FIFA representatives inspected the proposed facilities in the country last year amidst strong criticism from a section
of the country’s socio-political commentators and analysts. The matches would have been staged in Lagos, Benin
City, Asaba and Uyo.
“We would like to thank the Costa Rican and Panamanian football associations for their commitment
towards women’s football and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in particular. We are looking forward
to a fantastic competition in August,” Fifa’s Chief Tournaments and Events Officer Colin Smith
“After the highly successful FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this year, it is important that we build on
the momentum at all levels of the game. The U20WWC in Costa Rica and Panama next year is a perfect
opportunity for us to continue driving the popularity of the game and with it being the first jointly hosted
tournament – we can make the impact even greater,” Sarai Bareman, Fifa’s Chief Women’s Football