JEDDAH/ZURICH: Chile will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2025 with Poland staging the U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2026.

The awards were made by the world football federation’s council meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, during the Club World Cup.

President Gianni Infantino said: “Since 1962, Chile has organised FIFA events at the highest level, most recently the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2015. The country’s organisational experience coupled with the passion of their fans will provide a fantastic setting for the stars of tomorrow.”

Infantino described the women’s age-group award as a “new milestone” for Polish football.

He said: “Poland is a country with a magnificent football tradition and hosted a memorable edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019, in which emerging stars like Erling Haaland made a great impression. Hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2026 will be a new milestone in their football history and boost women’s football in the country and across the world.”

The qualifying allocation for both tournaments match previous editions viz. the host nation plus four each for Africa, Asia, Central and North America as well as South America with five for Europe and two for Oceania.

In other decisions FIFA Council approved an upgrade of dispute resolution regulations and confirmed competition dates as follows:

OFC Nations Cup 2024 (15-30 June 2024)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2025 (14 June – 6 July 2025)

OFC Women’s Olympic Football Qualifying Tournament 2024 (7-19 February 2024)

UEFA Women’s EURO 2025 (2-27 July 2025)