The qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup, scheduled for October and November, were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA announced on Wednesday.

Details regarding the new dates of the matches « will be announced as soon as possible, » according to a FIFA statement, which specified that this decision was taken « with the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants. »

No qualifying game for the World-2022 and the Asian Cup-2023 has been played in the Asia area since last November.

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