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FIFA approves six stadiums in Java, Bali for U-20 World Cup

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 25, 2020   /   08:39 am
FIFA approves six stadiums in Java, Bali for U-20 World Cup The logo of the 2021 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Indonesia. (Instagram/@officialpssi)

World soccer body FIFA has approved six stadiums to be used as venues for Indonesia's hosting of the Under-20 World Cup in 2021, the Youth and Sports Ministry has announced.

The decision was made after Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) secretary-general Ratu Tisha met with FIFA for a coordination meeting from Jan. 17 to 18 in Switzerland, said ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto on Thursday.

The stadiums are Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan of South Jakarta, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor of West Java, Manahan Stadium in Surakarta of Central Java, Mandala Krida Stadium in Yogyakarta, Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya of East Java and Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Gianyar of Bali.

“Besides the said stadiums, we have to prepare options for supporting stadiums because in March FIFA is set to do an early inspection [of their respective] infrastructure facilities,” Gatot said.

PSSI head Mochamad “Iwan Bule” Iriawan previously said that Indonesia had to meet FIFA's standard to be a World Cup host.

“There are criteria requested by FIFA regarding the bleachers, toilets, benches for substitutes and much more,” he said.

Indonesia will host the tournament from May. 24 to June 12 next year. Initially, the country was set to host the 2020 cup, but the PSSI asked to push back the year, as this year's cup will be held close to Idul Fitri, which is predicted to fall on May 14. (gis)