FIFA delays World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying rounds in Concacaf region

The rounds will take place in March 2021

FIFA delays World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying rounds in Concacaf region

FIFA is delaying the World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying rounds in the North, Central American and Caribbean (Concacaf) region, it has announced.

Concacaf qualifiers were due to play in the FIFA match windows of October or November 2020, but are now being delayed until March 2021.

FIFA attributed the decision to the coronavirus pandemic, noting that several countries in the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.

The new schedule will be announced in due course.

It comes after FIFA announced a number of schedule changes to accommodate postponed matches last month.

There will now be a new period for international team matches in the middle of the 2021-2022 European soccer season.

The CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been pushed back a year until January 2022, and the Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 has also been moved, with preliminary rounds from July 2 to 6, 2021, and final tournament from July 10 to August 1.

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