Following a new series of pledges made to FIFA by the Costa Rican government and confirmed by a CONCACAF report, the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will take place in the Central American country after all. The news was confirmed by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich and reverses the decision taken by FIFA on 28th February 2013, when it announced that the competition would have to be relocated due to “a number of unforeseen circumstances leading to heavy stadium construction delays”.
The top three teams at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, to be played in Nanjing, China PR, between 18th and 29th September 2013, will represent Asia at Costa Rica 2014.
The first round will take place between 21st and 23rd June 2013, with two-legged home and away ties being played in each round. The final phase, which will decide Africa’s three representatives at Costa Rica 2014, will be staged between 22nd and 24th November.
As hosts, Costa Rica will qualify automatically. Two other nations will book places to the world finals via the continental qualifiers.
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