India’s postponed joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 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 choice on the matter on Wednesday.
The Asian Soccer Confederation’s Competitors Committee, nevertheless, didn’t reveal the precise dates of the matches. In accordance with FIFA worldwide match calendar for 2021, the primary window is from March 22-30 whereas the second is from Might 31 to June 15 (for AFC).
“… all of the Asian Qualifiers Spherical 2 matches needs 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 Ultimate 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 competition of a 2022 FIFA World Cup berth, the Indian crew continues to be to play three matches within the spherical 2 qualifiers — towards Qatar (at residence), Bangladesh (away) and Afghanistan (at residence).
The Indian crew was to play towards Qatar on October 8 in Bhubaneshwar however the match was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India are nonetheless very a lot in competition for a spot within the 2023 Asian Cup to be held in China.
India are at the moment fourth in Group E with three factors from 5 video games. Qatar high the desk with 13 factors with Oman a degree behind them in second. Eight group winners and 4 greatest runners-up will progress to the continent’s 12-team ultimate 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 2023 Asian Cup.
The committee additionally authorised the competitors rules for the AFC Champions League 2021 and the AFC Cup 2021.
The brand new calendar for the AFC Cup 2021 was additionally authorised whereas there can be additional discussions on match dates and competitors codecs for the AFC Champions League 2021 with all stakeholders within the coming days.