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Thursday, February 28, 2013
FIFA seeks new U17 World Cup host

Associated Press

ZURICH -- FIFA is looking for a new country to stage the Under-17 Women's World Cup next year because construction delays mean the stadiums in Costa Rica would not be ready in time.

FIFA says the decision was agreed with the Costa Rica Football Federation "due to a number of unforeseen circumstances leading to heavy stadium construction delays."

The 16-nation tournament is likely to be scheduled in September 2014.

FIFA says it will evaluate potential hosts before a decision by its executive committee at a March 20-21 meeting in Zurich.

Costa Rica won hosting rights in March 2011 ahead of Ghana, Turkey and Uzbekistan.