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Concacaf qualifying would be postponed due to pandemic


MIAMI.

He Concacaf President Victor Montagliani said it is “likely” that North and Central America’s qualifier for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will not start in October. as planned and that the action will probably start in March 2021.

Montagliani said to the Canadian website OneSoccer that the current schedule would not be feasible given concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions that remain in force in the region due to the health emergency, when asked about the start of the road to Qatar 2022.

To say that it is likely to go ahead (the schedule) would be a lie. It is likely not to take place in October. In reality, we are seeing how it would be even in November, “said the leader about the times of the tie.

Montagliani said that the most likely option is to play the matches in March.

What we are talking about with FIFA is where those dates that we lose would be relocated, where would they go in the 2021-22 calendar, “said the leader.

The Concacaf boss He assured that a change of format is not in his plans, however, he warned about the redesign that the world football team calendar could have because of the pandemic stoppage.

Obviously if in 2021 we start to lose dates, it is not just Concacaf, I think that all federations, including FIFA itself, would have to return to the design table “, of the calendar.

THE DISPOSAL FORMAT

The plan that was unveiled last month marks 30-team action in six groups, with qualifying matches to be played in October and Novemberwhile the group winners would meet in second-round matches in March.

The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras are already in the final round due to its classification in the FIFA rankings.

The The first three teams, out of a final phase of eight, advance to Qatar 2022, and the fourth classified meets in a direct elimination with a team from another region in June 2022. The winner of that extra regional series also qualifies for the World Cup.

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