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AFC announces proposed dates for upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup – Asian Qualifiers!

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in consultation with FIFA, has announced the proposed match dates for the remaining matches of Round 2 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Qatar and 2023 AFC Asian Cup – China, Asian Qualifiers, which were originally scheduled to take place in March and June 2020.

Matchdays 7 and 8 are now scheduled to take place on October 8 and 13, 2020 respectively while Matchdays 9 and 10 are due to kick off on November 12 and 17, 2020.

The latest decision has been taken with a view to completing the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 by November 2020 and to commence the subsequent 2022 FIFA World Cup – Qatar, Asian Qualifiers Final Round as well as the play-off matches for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup – China, Round 3 Qualifiers by the March 2021 match dates in the FIFA International Calendar.

The AFC will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all teams, officials, fans and stakeholders as well as Government travel and medical restrictions and will notify all parties should there be a need to reassess the match schedules due to the ever-evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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