Qatar 2022: Preliminary Competition Decisions

 After consultation with UEFA and the participating member associations, the Bureau of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions today took important decisions regarding the European play-off qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ .

On March 3, 2022, the Ukrainian Football Federation wrote to FIFA requesting that their play-off match(es) be rescheduled due to the impossibility of organizing their travel and train in the current context. After consulting UEFA and the four member associations competing in the “A route” of the European zone play-offs, it was unanimously decided to accept this request in a spirit of solidarity. Thus, the match between Ukraine and Scotland, scheduled for March 24, is postponed to the June international window, as is the meeting between the winner of this match and that of Wales – Austria. In the context of an already very busy schedule, it was however decided to maintain the match between Wales and Austria on the scheduled date (March 24) in order to limit the repercussions on the matches of the competitions already scheduled during the window. June International. The teams concerned are currently looking into alternative fixtures to be played during the March window. Information on rescheduled fixtures will be announced in due course and the June window in the international match calendar will be amended accordingly for affected teams once details are finalized. Furthermore, following the decision taken jointly with the UEFA Executive Committee to suspend Russian teams from all FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice, the Bureau of the Organizing Committee of FIFA Competitions has also decided that Poland will automatically qualify for the final of route B, where they will face the winner of the match between Sweden and the Czech Republic.

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