Although the idea was for the road to Qatar 2022 to start in September, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered everything to the point of delaying the calendar by a month.
This Friday, the FIFA released a statement saying that it reached an agreement with the CONMEBOL so that the planned start of South American Qualifiers Course to Qatar 2022 It is in October and not in September of this year as it had been arranged at first when soccer was paralyzed by the pandemic.
In this way, as long as COVID-19 and the biosecurity measures of each of the 10 countries allow it, the date of the first meetings will be on the 7th and 15th of that month.
Although Conmebol initially asked FIFA not to change the schedule, the situation in South America due to the pandemic is not the best and the sanitary conditions are not suitable for the transfers of the teams, without neglecting that many countries may still delay opening its borders.
In addition, FIFA shared that the CONMEBOL Council requested that an international advantage be included in January 2022 so that March 2022 remains the closing date for the Qualifiers.
After consulting the South American member federations, FIFA and CONMEBOL have agreed to postpone the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ qualifying matches initially scheduled in the September 2020 international window. Qualifiers are now scheduled to start in October 2020.
Taking into account the results of the discussions held in the COVID-19 Working Group of FIFA and the confederations, the CONMEBOL Council has asked FIFA to include an international window in January 2022 in order to complete the South American qualifiers in March 2022.
This request will be processed at the next meeting of the FIFA Council Bureau.
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