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The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India will now be held from February 17 to March 7 next year.

The tournament has been rescheduled after the world body made a ‘thorough assessment’ of the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held from November 2 to 21 this year but was postponed last month due to the coronavirus outbreak, which brought global sports activities to a grinding halt.

FIFA announced that the tournament will keep its original eligibility criteria and allow ‘players born on or after January 1, 2003 and on or before December 31, 2005’ to compete, according to reports.

“Following a thorough assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent recommendations made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has taken the decision to confirm the proposed new tournament dates, subject to further monitoring,” the FIFA said in a statement.

The event will be played among 16 teams across five venues.

Notably, Guwahati is one of the venues.

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