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Asian Football Confederation Says Delayed World Cup Qualifiers to be Played in March and June

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AFC mentioned the remaining video games will likely be performed in March and June on dates protected by FIFA for nationwide groups to name up gamers from their golf equipment.

The pandemic-delayed schedule of Asian qualifying video games for the 2022 World Cup was set Wednesday by the Asian Football Confederation.

No qualifiers have but been performed this 12 months due to the coronavirus outbreak. The AFC mentioned the remaining video games will likely be performed in March and June on dates protected by FIFA for nationwide groups to name up gamers from their golf equipment.

A subsequent group stage of two six-team teams is scheduled from September 2021 to March 2022. That will use new slots created by FIFA from Jan. 24-Feb. 1, 2022, to assist nationwide groups exterior Europe clear their backlog of video games.

Four Asian groups will qualify direct from these teams to the ultimate match in Qatar. Two extra advance to an elimination recreation that can determine Asias entry within the intercontinental playoff spherical.

FIFA beforehand prolonged the World Cup qualifying program into the May-June 2022 worldwide dates to create space for the intercontinental playoffs. One group enters from every of Asia, the North American area, Oceania and South America to determine the final two locations within the 32-team World Cup lineup.

One Asian qualifying recreation is scheduled to be performed in 2020. Qatar’s soccer federation mentioned Wednesday it would host Bangladesh on Dec. 4.

Although Qatar will get computerized entry to the 2022 World Cup as host, the present group stage additionally counts towards qualifying for the 2023 Asian Cup in China. Qatar is the defending champion and leads its qualifying group with three matches to go.

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