Following the recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has confirmed the decision to postpone FIFA Futsal World Cup (FFWC) to year 2021.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule of sports in the entire world is in chaos. The biggest tournaments and championships are suspended or postponed to the next year. At this moment, looking in to the situation, it is difficult to guess what will happen. FFWC would bring a huge celebration in Lithuania. It was supposed to be the first time in the country’s history, when such an event is organized in Lithuania. Also the FFWC will come back to Europe after 24 years and we are so happy that FIFA trusted us.
“However, we need to remain realistic and have a critical view of the situation. Even though the threat is declining, the situation still remains dangerous. All the main events were cancelled or postponed. We respect FIFA’s decision to postpone the championship because health is the most important aspect at this moment,” said LFF general secretary Edgaras Stankevičius.
The LFF general secretary emphasized that the LOC was ready for the start of the championship.
“LOC and LFF employees were working really hard on this championship in all three host cities and in all the areas in order to ensure the best possible conditions for the event. All in all, we were ready to host the event. Even in pandemic, we continued to work on the organization of the championship. I believe that we will organize an even better event next year,” Stankevičius added.
LFF president Tomas Danilevičius believes that FIFA Futsal World Cup will add the value to the popularity of futsal in Lithuania.
“The news of Lithuania gaining the rights to organize this event was incredible. All Lithuanians felt that this is a huge privilege. Without a doubt we believe that organizing FFWC will increase the interest in futsal and we believe that more children will start playing the game. We have the responsibility to create the best possible experience. However, the world is in fight with the biggest pandemic in history nowadays, so LFF and FIFA still hold the priority to health. We are not willing to risk it, so we absolutely support FIFA’s decision,” explained LFF president Tomas Danilevicius.
“We are a small nation but we have what to offer to guests from abroad. Architecture in Lithuania is very interesting. Also the atmosphere in the arenas during the championship would leave incredible memories. Lithuanians have a tradition of coming to the arenas to watch sports events – basketball, of course, has a credits for that. I am certain that it will also be the same during the futsal championship. The size of the country will let people to travel around the country with no problem. Now fans will have more time to have their list for the most famous places in Lithuania ready,” smiled T. Danilevičius.
FIFA Futsal World Cup will now be held from 12th September to 3rd October, 2021 in three host cities – Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda with 24 teams from all over the world coming to Lithuania.