FIFA agreed to cancel international matches in September, including those of CAN 2019. However, the international body insists on maintaining the matches taking place in Europe.
FIFA said in a statement that it is replacing the scheduled period from August 31 to September 8 with a new window from January 24 to February 1 of next year. “For all confederations except UEFA”.
FIFA said its Council had decided on these schedule changes “ in response to the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to plague many parts of the world ”.
As for the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the world football governing body has confirmed that it will now be played in 2022 after having reorganized the international calendar to meet the expectations of CAF.
FIFA on Tuesday approved the decision of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to play the flagship football competition in Africa a year later than expected.
The changes follow a process of extensive consultation with confederations, including CAF and football stakeholders.
The decision has been made “To include the new period of January 2022 for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), with the exact dates to be determined later”, FIFA said in a statement Tuesday.