Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The venue of the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup has been shifted from Uzbekistan to Japan, the world soccer's governing body has announced.
In a statement posted on its website Wednesday, FIFA said Japan was picked after it was decided that Uzbekistan could no longer organise the tournament ''due to a number of logistical and technical issues''.
Japan was formally confirmed as the 2012 host on Wednesday after FIFA officially received the government documents which are a requirement for hosting the tournament.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be played from 19 August to 8 September 2012.
Ten of the final 16 teams have already qualified: Germany, Italy, Norway and Switzerland (UEFA); Japan (host), North Korea, China and Korea Republic (AFC); and Argentina and Brazil (CONMEBOL).
Germany is the reigning champion, having defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the 2010 final.
-0- PANA SEG 9Feb2012