The FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup, to be held in India in November, was postponed by football's governing body on Saturday, due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic across the globe.


The tournament was to be held at five venues in the country -- Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, and Navi Mumbai -- from November 2-21, 2020, with hosts India being automatic qualifiers in what would have been India's maiden appearance in the U-17 Women's World Cup.


The decision was taken by the FIFA-Confederations working group which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.


"New dates will be identified," ​FIFA said in a statement.



"FIFA would like to thank the positive contributions and cooperation of all confederations’ representatives and to highlight the spirit of unity, solidarity and mutual understanding which culminated in the adoption of these decisions. FIFA also reiterates that health must always be the first priority and the main criteria in any decision-making process, especially in these challenging times."


While the tournament was five months away, the only qualifying event that could be held so far was for Asia -- from which Japan and North Korea made the cut. 


Five remaining qualifying events -- that of Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central, North America and the Caribbean -- saw a halt due to the ongoing global health crisis, which has affected more than a million people.


As for the women's international calendar, it was decided "to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to include the new dates of the women's Olympic Football Tournament in the match calendar."