Coronavirus Outbreak: Asia's FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers postponed to 2021 over pandemic

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation said the matches were postponed 'with the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants'.

Agence France-Presse August 12, 2020 15:01:24 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Asia's FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers postponed to 2021 over pandemic

Asia's upcoming qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup football have been postponed to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Wednesday.

No new dates were announced for the games, which were due to take place over four match days around the region in October and November.

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation said the matches were postponed "with the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants".

"FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches," they said in a joint statement.

Asia's World Cup qualifiers are just one example of the havoc COVID-19 has caused in international sport. No games have been played since November, with four match days missed already this year.

The games also double as qualifiers for the 2023 Asian Cup in China.

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