When do the South American Qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar begin?

When do the South American Qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar begin?

FIFA and Conmebol are analyzing again postponing the start of qualifying for the World Cup, due to travel complications generated by the pandemic.

The ten teams from South America were ready for the start of the Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022. However, the global outbreak of coronavirus forced to change all plans and, among the FIFA and Conmebol agreed to suspend the first two dates agreed for March, as well as the Brazil America’s Cup, scheduled for June.

Although it had been decided that the start is in the month of October, after the confirmation of the complete World Cup calendar, these days it is directly analyzed to schedule them for the beginning of 2021.

On Friday, July 10, the Council of Presidents of CONMEBOL decided to postpone the start of the Qualifiers from September to October, since on that date the activity had not yet resumed. However, the optimism that envisioned an already controlled pandemic in the region began to fade.

Although on September 15 the Copa Libertadores will be played again, between FIFA and Conmebol they deliberate whether the most convenient thing would be to avoid the transfers of the great figures of European football to where today is the world epicenter of the virus, since they should also comply with isolation to arrive from another continent.

The teams that will participate in the Qualifiers will be the usual ten: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The original plan was to repeat the format that has been used since the previous one to France 98, with everyone against everyone, in round-trip rounds, but it is not ruled out that, after losing practically a year of dispute, an “express format “, with two groups of five teams to reduce the number of days.

There will be four direct places to Qatar 2022 and one for a playoff, which in the last edition was against the winner of the Oceania Qualifiers.

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