Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, offered Costa Rica and Panama the possibility to organize the Women’s U-20 World Cup 2020.
The proposal came during Infantino’s visit to the country this week, when he held different meetings with the directors of the soccer federation and checked the infrastructure existent in the country.
“…We have spoken to President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, this morning. Soccer is more than a sport and it teaches values, smiles and dreams that we have to give our sons and daughters. We have talked about the very real possibility of organizing next years Women’s U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica alongside Panama”, said Infantino during a press conference.
“We are sure that you can put together a World Cup in nine months. We trust you can do it. Costa Rica today in the top of soccer level worldwide”, concluded Infantino.
In order to make the final decision FIFA will need to receive some requirements from the Costa Rican Soccer Federation, FEDEFUTBOL, by November 27, this documentation will be reviewed by FIFA personnel and a delegation will need to visit the country between December 2 -5 to evaluate all the existing conditions.
Infrastructure, security, Visas for the teams, are some of the aspects that need to be considered.
If the approval is granted this would be the second Worldcup organized by Costa Rica, the first one was the U17 Women’s World Cup of 2014, which ran without problems in the areas of logistics, quality of soccer fields and fan support, but also presented anomalies in the financials and hiring of providers, including false invoices presented by former FEDEFUTBOL president Eduardo Li, who was later prosecuted for this.
Rolando Villalobos, current president of FEDEFUTBOL, commented that he will be taking the responsibility of ensuring everything goes smoothly and the entire process is transparent.