Costa Rica pulls out of hosting U17 women’s WCup

FIFA is looking for a new country to stage the Under-17 Women’s

World Cup next year because construction delays means 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.