The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will meet with FIFA this weekend to discuss the upcoming second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers ahead of the possibility of being postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
The AFC said the meeting took place (scheduled July 7 and 8.3) amid growing health concerns and travel restrictions due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The organization revealed it held preliminary discussions with a number of Eastern regional member federations on the second round of the 2022 World Cup in March and June.
Members of the eastern region include China, South Korea and Japan – the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 epidemic.
A total of 32 matches in 8 groups will be held this March at the latest stage of the second round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia. These matches are also part of the qualifying process for the 2023 Asian Cup finals in China.
By the end of day 2.3, nearly 90,000 cases of Covid-19 infection had been reported worldwide since the beginning of the epidemic, of which more than half of infected people had recovered; More than 3,000 people died.
Southeast Asian leagues are postponed due to Covid-19
Indonesia is the latest country to announce a postponement of schedule for the national championship football tournament after Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.
Under the influence of the Covid-19 epidemic, Asian and Southeast Asian countries are reducing their spread by temporarily postponement of schedules for sporting events, including the national football championship.
In a recent announcement on the morning of March 16, the Indonesian Football Confederation (PSSI) said the country’s professional football leagues (including Liga 1 and Liga 2) will be delayed.
In Southeast Asia, the Thai League is the first league to announce delays due to the influence of Covid-19. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has set the date of competition back to 18/4.