COVID-19 Impact on Qatar 2022 Qualifying

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While the world is reeling in the recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus and upcoming events are getting canceled by the minute each day, events in the future aren’t immune. While many leagues have finally conceded to suspending games for at least the next few weeks (including England, Germany, Spain, Italy, France to name a few higher visibility ones and even the Champions League) there are still many playing this weekend (e.g. Mexico, Argentina, etc). That said, the Men’s Olympic Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 have been delayed and no one knows what will happen with this summer’s EURO 2020 competition – though it is rumored to possibly be delayed 1 year until 2021.

It is truly unprecedented territory for the world but even the next World Cup in Qatar, still 2.5 years away(!), isn’t safe from COVID-19’s impact. FIFA recently announced that the upcoming international window for March/April is canceled. Why does this matter? It was set to host Qatar 2022 qualifications for Asia and South America.

Directly from the articles:

Asia

  • Matches originally scheduled to take place during the international window of 23-31 March 2020 and 1-9 June 2020 are postponed to later dates

South America

  • Matches originally scheduled to take place during the international window of 23-31 March 2020 are postponed to later dates

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