AFC announces postponement of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (MNA) – In a statement, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup will be rescheduled for 2021.

“In light of the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have jointly decided that the upcoming qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, will be rescheduled to 2021,” reads the statement, according to the AFC website.

“With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches. Further details on the new dates for the next round of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course.”

The AFC had earlier postponed the qualifiers to October and November 2020.

Iran is third in Group C, five points behind Iraq and must have to win their four matches to qualify for the 2022 World Cup qualification next stage.

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