Due to the present epidemiological state of affairs in Zurich and Switzerland as a complete, FIFA and the Organising Committee have determined to postpone the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup, which is historically held over the Ascension vacation. COVID-19 triggered the cancellation of final 12 months’s event – however the organisers are nonetheless hoping that this 12 months’s occasion will go forward, if attainable, at the end of August.
As was the case in 2020, there are critical doubts as to whether or not this 12 months’s Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup event at the Buchlern sports activities advanced in Altstetten, Zurich, will happen. For FIFA and the Organising Committee, it’s already clear that the unique dates on which it was due to be held – 12 and 13 May – are out of the query since, taking into consideration the present pandemic state of affairs, it could be inconceivable to maintain the competitors over the Ascension vacation. The organisers would favor to keep away from cancelling the second consecutive version of the conventional youth event and have subsequently agreed on different dates of 28-29 August 2021.
Line-up nonetheless unsure
The worldwide journey restrictions imposed as a end result of the pandemic are presenting a main organisational headache when it comes to assembling the taking part groups, not to point out the format and kick-off instances. Despite the challenges, FIFA and the Organising Committee will do all they’ll to placed on two enticing tournaments, one every for ladies and boys. Working intently with the City of Zurich as effectively as the sponsors and suppliers of this lengthy-established and well-liked youth occasion, the organisers will go away no stone unturned in endeavouring to make it possible for Altstetten sees some motion this 12 months.
It goes with out saying, nevertheless, that well being all the time comes first, which applies particularly to the gamers and the many volunteers who will (hopefully) be concerned. Together with the related authorities, FIFA and the Organising Committee will proceed to hold a shut eye on the epidemiological state of affairs over the subsequent few weeks and can develop applicable safety ideas and measures. As issues stand, many questions stay unanswered, not least whether or not spectators could be admitted to the event.
However, such issues shall be educational if it turns into evident in the early summer season that holding the event at the end of August could be unrealistic. In such circumstances, the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup would once more fall sufferer to the COVID-19 pandemic and be cancelled.