The Argentine FA formally submitted its bid to host the tournament one day later at the South American Football Confederation Congress.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that “the country of the defending World Cup champions will open its doors to the big stars of tomorrow’s world soccer.”
Argentina hosted the Under-20 World Cup in 2001 when they won the fourth of their record six titles. The tournament draw is scheduled for Friday in Zurich, and the event will run from May 20-June 11.
Many Indonesian football players, fans, and pundits reacted with sadness and anger after FIFA pulled the Under-20 World Cup from the host nation weeks before it was due to kick off, following protests against Israel’s participation.
FIFA announced the decision to remove Indonesia as host on March 29 after the participation of the Israeli national team stirred public and political controversy in the country where Islam is a majority.
Israeli delegations have been to Indonesia for sporting and diplomatic events before, including four Israelis who competed in the World Cycling Championship in Jakarta in February.
The decision to move the tournament to Argentina was met with mixed reactions. Some of the archipelago nation’s football prodigies took to social media with fury and heartbreak last month after losing the chance to play in what FIFA bills as the “tournament of tomorrow’s superstars.”