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FIFA Moves 2012 Under-20 Women's World Cup From Uzbekistan to Japan

CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2012) – FIFA has formally confirmed that the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in Japan. At the end of December, FIFA announced that the tournament would not be staged in Uzbekistan as previously scheduled because of a number of logistical and technical issues.

The Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be played from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8. It will be the first time Japan, winners of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will host a FIFA women’s world championship for soccer.

The U-20 Women’s tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Uzbekistan from Aug. 18 through Sept. 8. Japan has already booked a spot in the tournament via the Asian qualifiers.

Japan co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea and hosted the 1979 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 1993.

The USA will attempt to earn its berth to Japan at the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship taking place from March 1-11 in Panama.

The eight-team tournament will be played at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, with the top three teams advancing to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. As the host, Panama will compete in the championship along with the U.S., Canada, Guatemala, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti.

Ten of the final 16 teams have already qualified: Germany, Italy, Norway and Switzerland (Europe); Japan (host), Korea DPR, China and Korea Republic (Asia); and Argentina and Brazil (South America). Germany is the reigning champion, having defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the 2010 final.