The football atmosphere in Southeast Asia will be more bustling in the next 2 years when FIFA has officially announced to choose Indonesia as the host of the U.20 World Cup finals in 2021, although the country still has many worries in stopping violence in football.
According to the announcement on the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) website, the decision to host the World Cup finals in 2021 was announced directly by FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai (China) October 24. Earlier, in the shortlist in the race to host the event, Indonesia faced Brazil and Peru. However, PSSI’s bid presentation was well received by FIFA despite Indonesia’s concerns about violence in football.
“Thank God, our hard work paid off. Our presentation has been evaluated and welcomed by FIFA. PSSI would like to thank President Joko Widodo for his great support to PSSI. The appreciation also goes to the relevant state agencies and local leaders who are committed to helping PSSI realize the dream of hosting the U.20 World Cup in 2021”, PSSI Secretary-General Ratu Tisha Destria was happy to share.
In fact, in a bid to run the event, Indonesia’s only weakness was the issue of football violence and internal power disputes at PSSI over the years. Latest, in the second round of Group G qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, losing to Malaysia 2-3 at Bung Karno at 5.9, Indonesia was faced with a severe penalty. Meanwhile, in every other aspect, the country of ten thousand islands meets very good criteria for hosting a World Cup, especially when the country successfully organized ASIAD last year.
The victory of Indonesia is also a push for the ambition of Southeast Asian countries towards the race to host the 2034 World Cup, including Vietnam. Earlier, a number of Southeast Asian countries also planned to hold a meeting to provide feasible options for bids to officially race to host the biggest football festival on the planet.