November 11, 2020 11:13:15 pm
India’s postponed 2022 FIFA World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifying spherical matches will likely be performed in March and June subsequent yr because the continental soccer governing physique’s competitors committee took a call on the matter on Wednesday.
The Asian Soccer Confederation’s (AFC) Competitors Committee, nevertheless, didn’t reveal the precise dates of the matches. In line with FIFA’s worldwide match calendar for 2021, the primary window is from March 22-30 whereas the second is from Could 31 to June 15 (for AFC).
“… all of the Asian Qualifiers Spherical 2 matches ought to be accomplished by June 15, 2021 with Match Day 7 and eight in March 2021 and Match Day 9 and 10 in June 2021 with Last Spherical of the Asian Qualifiers starting in September 2021,” the AFC stated in a press release after a digital assembly of the committee.
Although out of rivalry of a World Cup berth, they’re nonetheless in rivalry for a spot within the Asian Cup, to be held in China.
The Indian workforce remains to be to play three matches — towards Qatar (at residence) which will likely be performed in March and Bangladesh (away) and Afghanistan (at residence) in June. India are at the moment fourth in Group E with three factors from 5 video games. Qatar prime the desk with 13 factors with Oman a degree behind them in second. Eight group winners and 4 finest runners-up will progress to the continent’s 12-team remaining qualifying stage for the World Cup.
A 3rd-place end within the group will assist India get a direct berth within the third spherical of the qualifiers for the Asian Cup.
The committee additionally accepted the competitors laws for the AFC Champions League (ACL) 2021 and the AFC Cup 2021. The brand new calendar for the AFC Cup 2021 was additionally accepted whereas there could be additional discussions on match dates and competitors codecs for the AFC Champions League 2021 with all stakeholders within the coming days. From India, FC Goa will participate within the ACL, whereas ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will play within the AFC Cup.
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