India’s postponed joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifying spherical matches shall be performed in March and June subsequent 12 months because the continental soccer governing physique’s competitors committee took a choice on the matter on Wednesday.
The Asian Football Confederation’s Competition Committee, nevertheless, didn’t reveal the precise dates of the matches. According to FIFA worldwide match calendar for 2021, the primary window is from 22-30 March whereas the second is from 31 May to 15 June (for AFC).
“… all the Asian Qualifiers Round 2 matches should be completed by June 15, 2021 with Match Day 7 and 8 in March 2021 and Match Day 9 and 10 in June 2021 with Final Round of the Asian Qualifiers beginning in September 2021,” the AFC mentioned in an announcement after a digital assembly of the committee.
Though out of competition of a 2022 FIFA World Cup berth, the Indian group continues to be to play three matches within the spherical 2 qualifiers — towards Qatar (at house), Bangladesh (away) and Afghanistan (at house).
The Indian group was to play towards Qatar on 8 October in Bhubaneshwar however the match was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India are nonetheless very a lot in competition for a spot within the 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China.
India are presently 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 finest runners-up will progress to the continent’s 12-team last 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 2023 Asian Cup.
The committee additionally accepted the competitors laws for the AFC Champions League 2021 and the AFC Cup 2021.
The new calendar for the AFC Cup 2021 was additionally accepted whereas there could be additional discussions on match dates and competitors codecs for the AFC Champions League 2021 with all stakeholders within the coming days.