FIFA decided to postpone the qualifying matches for the Qatar 2022 World Cup between African teams – which were to take place from next June – to September, October and November of this year and to March of next, according to the statement from the organization.
The decision was made “by mutual agreement” with the African Football Confederation “in view of the setbacks caused by the pandemic and the need to ensure that all teams play their matches in optimal conditions,” said FIFA.
The qualifying matches, which will finally take place from September, belong to the second of the three existing rounds of the competition that grants the final ticket for Qatar 2022. Forty teams will participate in the contest, which will be divided into ten groups of four teams. each, in which the winners of each group will advance to the third and final phase, where ten teams will be paired up to win one of five passes to Qatar in a round-trip tie.
The Qatar World Cup 2022 is scheduled to be held in the Asian country from November 21 to December 18, thus becoming the first World Cup to be held during the European winter, which will cause the readjustment of the five main leagues domestics of the continent.