BERN: On Friday FIFA president Gianni Infantino said, the successive postponements to 2022 World Cup qualifiers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming a real problem and a shortening of the format could be a possibility in some cases.
On Friday FIFA president Gianni Infantino said, the successive postponements to 2022 World Cup qualifiers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming a real problem and a shortening of the format could be a possibility in some cases.
The South American qualifiers had to start in march, because of start in March, won’t get in progress until one month from now September, while the beginning of the CONCACAF competition, which was ought to have been for the current month it has been returned until March.
Then, six match days have been delayed in the long distance race Asian qualifying rivalry.
Infantino told reporters following the FIFA Congress, “I am concerned and it’s obviously a real problem, especially if the pandemic doesn’t stop or let up, or we don’t start playing in a normal way.”
He also said, “We are in the hands of the health authorities.”
Infantino said that football’s reality overseeing body had opened an additional window for worldwide matches in January 2022 and would see discovering space for additional, something which could agitate European clubs who might need to deliver their players.
An indirect criticism of Italy’s Serie A was also made by Infantino, where Juventus has won the title for the last nine seasons, as he suggested that playoff systems could be an alternative to the conventional home-and-away format for national leagues.
An option could be to play three matches rather than two during a global window, or stage qualifiers in a solitary setting rather than home or away.
He included that the November/December opening for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at any rate gave FIFA some breathing space.
Infantino said that football’s world governing body had opened an extra window for international matches in January 2022 and would look at finding room for more, something which could upset European clubs who would have to release their players.
An alternative could be to play three matches instead of two during an international window, or stage qualifiers in a single venue instead of home or away.
He added that the slot of November/December for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at least gave FIFA some breathing space.
He said to the media about the delaying that, “Somebody told me these things sound like the NBA and are not so good for football.”
He also asked the media that, “But I ask you… do we really think the Italian league has been very exciting in the last nine years? What kind of competition is it where 90% of teams want to finish second?
“It’s not for the FIFA president to say how football should be played… but it’s legitimate to think there are other ways to play competitions.”