The 2021 FIFAe World Cup and Nations Cup have been called off once again.
A setback for competitive FIFA
FIFAe announced earlier today that both the FIFAe World Cup and Nations Cup competitions are officially cancelled due to re-emerging difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The news comes one week and a half before the FIFAe World Cup would have taken centre stage in London. The Nations Cup was scheduled to enter its final stages later this August.
FIFAe’s announcement highlighted that both competitions “have been subject to the disruptive effect of the ongoing pandemic and subsequent global travel restrictions currently in place for qualified teams and players from around the world.”
FIFAe stated that the latest global developments surrounding the pandemic meant that the organisers would not be able to secure the integrity of the competitions and the safety and security of all parties scheduled to be in attendance.
To compensate the different players and member associations that dedicated their time and emotions to this year’s season, FIFAe also announced that it would be splitting up the prize pools set to be battled for among the qualified participants.
Players that qualified for the World Cup will receive an equal portion of the $500 000 prize pool, and member associations that made it through to the group stages of the Nations Cup will have an equal split of the $400 000 prize pool, respectively.
Reactions from the fans
Within moments of the announcement, FIFAe’s social media channels were littered with reactions and comments from disappointed fans and players alike. Some were quick to point out that Euro 2020, a much greater logistical challenge, had just concluded, with many games played on English soil. Others called for the competitions to be played online. However, it seems that the decision that FIFAe made is final. Much like in 2020, the FIFAe season has come to an abrupt halt.