ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA moved up a pair of games at next month's Women's World Cup by one day so they wouldn't conflict with a key date in Chinese history.
Germany's match against Japan in Hangzhou and England's game against Argentina in Chengdu will be played Sept. 17, FIFA said Wednesday. The request to change the date was made by the local organizing committee.
FIFA said Sept. 18 is when "China commemorates the Manchurian/Mukden incident in 1931, when Japanese troops seized the city of Shenyang in northeast China."
"Given the historical background and taking into account the security considerations, FIFA and the LOC deemed it appropriate to move these matches forward by one day," FIFA said in a statement.
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