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Most World Cup qualifying video games in Asia postponed till Might

The Asian Soccer Confederation introduced on Friday that almost all of the area’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches in March shall be postponed to Might and June — with just a few exceptions that embody Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

“Bearing in mind the present journey and quarantine restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the continent, the AFC and FIFA have collectively agreed to postpone the vast majority of the upcoming Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the AFC stated in a press release.

There are 4 video games that may go forward. On March 25, Saudi Arabia will host Yemen in Riyadh whereas Tajikistan and Mongolia can even play. 5 days later, Mongolia will journey to Tokyo to tackle Japan and Australia heads to Nepal.

No second-round qualification matches have been performed since November 2019 due to a number of postponements as a consequence of COVID-19 journey restrictions. The race is now on to complete that second spherical, with many of the 40 groups concerned having 4 video games remaining earlier than the present deadline of June 15.

The AFC stated it has been working with member associations grouped collectively to assist them make their very own preparations and play out the remaining video games at one venue.

On Thursday, the Korea Soccer Affiliation (KFA) stated that it has held discussions with the AFC in addition to representatives of its Group H opponents: North Korea, Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka.

“The AFC determined to postpone the qualifiers from March to June after internet hosting a video convention with all Group H nationwide associations,” a KFA official stated.

South Korea is fascinated about internet hosting the remaining video games in its group. “We’re contemplating it,” stated the official, including that purposes need to be despatched to the AFC by March 5, with the ultimate determination on the host venues introduced ten days later.

The winners of the eight teams within the second spherical, together with the 4 best-performing second-place groups, will progress to the third spherical of qualification that’s scheduled to start out in September.

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