FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification round 2 matches which were scheduled to be played in October and November 2020 have been postponed owing the Covid-19 outbreak.
With the attention that most of the participating members are facing serious issues with the preparation of the matches due to the continued travel restrictions imposed by the various Government along with flight cancellations not to mention strict medical requirements for international travel.
Considering the above and in light of the current Covid-19 situation in many countries, FIFA and the AFC have jointly decided today that the upcoming qualifying matches if the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup PR 2023, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020 will be rescheduled in 2021.
"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 of the respective qualifying matches," writes the AFC in a official letter sent to the PMA's.
"Further details on the new dates for the next round of the qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course," also says the AFC.