MIAMI — In a stunning move, CONCACAF announced Sunday the cancellation due to force majeure of the remainder of the CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship 2018 in Managua, Nicaragua.
The confederation determined that to guarantee the safety of the delegations, participants and fans, the cancellation will apply to all matches and events and take immediate effect.
In a statement, CONCACAF said it had taken the decision to cancel the remainder of the tournament following vigilant monitoring of the situation as it has developed, and in close coordination with the Nicaraguan Football Federation and local authorities.
CONCACAF will determine future steps regarding this tournament and the related qualifying process for confederations teams for the FIFA Women’s World U-17 Cup Uruguay 2018.
The timing of those decisions will be communicated as they are determined.
The United States, which recorded a 4-0 win over Costa Rica in its opener Friday night, was scheduled to meet Bermuda Sunday night.
“U.S. Soccer officials have notified all the families of our players that our team and staff in Nicaragua are safe and secure,” U.S. Soccer said in a statement. “We have made arrangements for the return to the United States of our team delegation and have also provided services and accommodations for all of the families that traveled to Nicaragua to assist them in returning home as well. Safety and security is our only priority as we continue to work with CONCACAF on all matters related to the cancellation of the Women’s U-17 Championship.”