FIFA concludes inspection visit in Indonesia ahead of FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023™
Delegation visit between June 8 and 17 marks kick-off preparations for the first FIFA competition in Indonesia
FIFA Council expected to confirm dates for the competition in coming weeks
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee from the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 concluded an inspection visit in Indonesia, marking an important step forward in preparations for the tournament. The inspection visit by the FIFA delegation marks the kick-off preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023, after the cancellation of the 2021 edition due to the pandemic two years ago. The delegation inspected stadiums, training sites and hotels in six cities in Indonesia between June 8-17. The FIFA delegation and PSSI representatives also met with the Secretary of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Jonni Madrizal. Speaking about the visit, Roberto Grassi, Head of Youth Tournaments for FIFA said, “We are very pleased to see the preparations in Indonesia. A lot of refurbishment work has been done already. We have had an encouraging visit and are confident of support from all stakeholders involved. There is more work to be done, but it is promising to see how things are shaping up. I am certain that together with the LOC, we will be able to deliver a great tournament. Our sincere gratitude to PSSI, and the relevant authorities for the warm welcome and hospitality received during the inspection.” “In less than a year from now, the first FIFA competition in Indonesia will kick off, and we couldn’t be more excited. FIFA U-20 World Cup is a great opportunity for Indonesia to show its love for football to the world. This visit along with FIFA has been very constructive, and we will continue to prepare for the event to make it a big success, and leave a positive legacy for the progress of football in Indonesia,” added PSSI Vice Secretary General Maaike Ira Puspita. Featuring 24 teams, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will take place in Indonesia next year, with the FIFA Council expected to confirm the tournament dates in due course.