Indian soccer staff’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying spherical matches postponed to June
Even on Friday, the AFC didn’t specify the dates, solely saying that ‘it has been working with member associations grouped collectively to assist them make their very own preparations and play out the remaining video games in a single venue’.
Kuala Lumpur: India’s 2022 FIFA World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifying spherical matches, which have been scheduled to be performed subsequent month, have been postponed to June as a result of coronavirus -related journey and quarantine restrictions.
The second spherical of qualification matches haven’t been held since November 2019 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. In November final 12 months, the AFC had mentioned that the matches shall be held in March and June this 12 months with out specifying the precise dates.
The Asian Soccer Confederation introduced on Friday that almost all of Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches in March shall be postponed to Might and June – with a number of exceptions that embrace Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
“Bearing in mind the present journey and quarantine restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the continent, the AFC and FIFA have collectively agreed to postpone the vast majority of the upcoming Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the AFC mentioned in a press release.
“… all of the Asian Qualifiers Spherical 2 matches must be accomplished by June 15, 2021 with Match Day 7 and eight in March 2021 and Match Day 9 and 10 in June 2021 with Remaining Spherical of the Asian Qualifiers starting in September 2021,” the AFC had mentioned then.
Even on Friday, the AFC didn’t specify the dates, solely saying that “it has been working with member associations grouped collectively to assist them make their very own preparations and play out the remaining video games in a single venue”.
In response to FIFA’s worldwide match calendar for 2021, the primary window is from March 22-30 whereas the second is from Might 31 to June 15 (for AFC).
Although out of rivalry of a World Cup berth, India are nonetheless in rivalry for a spot within the Asian Cup, to be held in China.
The Indian staff is but to play three matches — in opposition to Qatar (at house), Bangladesh (away) and Afghanistan (at house).
India are at present fourth in Group E with three factors from 5 video games. Qatar high the desk with 13 factors with Oman a degree behind them in second.
Eight group winners and 4 greatest runners-up will progress to the continent’s 12-team remaining qualifying stage for the World Cup.
A 3rd-place end within the group will assist India get a direct berth within the third spherical of the qualifiers for the Asian Cup.
The Indian staff was to play in opposition to Qatar on October 8 in Bhubaneshwar final 12 months however the match was postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
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