POSTPONEMENT OF THE PRELIMINARY JOINT QUALIFICATION MATCHES

Dubai, The FIFA and the AFC officially decided to postpone all the Preliminary joint Asian qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in March and June 2020 until further notice.

Today, the AFC addressed all Participating Member Associations about the decision that was taken due to the current health conditions, which make it difficult to travel between countries and domestically, which affects the smooth delivery of the upcoming matches.

AFC cleared in an official statement that PMAs may still play the matches in March or June 2020 upon mutual agreement, provided the safety and health concerns of all individuals involved meet the required standards, subject to prior approval by FIFA and AFC.

The AFC set the 13th of March as a deadline for submitting a request to hold matches scheduled for March on time, provided that the request contains a written agreement between the two associations concerned to agree to play matches, and the date of May 3rd to hand in the same application in concerning the June matches.

The AFC, in association with the FIFA, will follow up on the current health situation and inform member associations of any immediate developments, or any amendment to the announced decision, confirming that the priority is to public health and safety of all members of the sports community.

Source: UAE Football Association