North American qualifying for 2022 World Cup delayed

ZURICH (AP) — The start of World Cup qualifying for lower-ranked teams in North and Central America and the Caribbean was postponed Tuesday until next year, which means there aren’t enough remaining dates in the current FIFA calendar to complete the program.

CONCACAF to change World Cup qualifying schedule

“Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision. Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.”

FIFA, Twitter ‘In Panic’ as English Team May Boycott 2018 World Cup

Meanwhile Spanish publication AS has reported that FIFA is in a state of panic over growing international calls for a World Cup boycott. “Publicly, world football’s governing body has remained silent, but high-ranking officials are privately acknowledging that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal has been the straw that broke the camel’s back. Tensions have reached breaking point,” the publication wrote.

USA Rugby announces steps towards World Cup bid, backed by MLR owners

MLR ended its third season after just five rounds, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and amid rumours of financial problems. The Colorado Raptors, a foundation team, have withdrawn. A project in Hawaii backed by a group of ex-All Blacks will not play in 2021 as planned. Missing a payment deadline, the Hawaii operation questioned the […]

Vietnam suspends national team call-up as World Cup Asian qualifiers delayed again

“With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all participants, FIFA and the AFC will continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches,” the statement said.

‘I was screaming like crazy’: Sunil Chhetri reveals goalless draw against Qatar in World Cup Qualifiers stands out for him

“One year on from the result, I still find it hard to recall how many times I have felt the way I felt that that night in Doha.”I couldn’t be on the pitch with my fellow Blue Tigers but the way they played and the heart they showed, they gave me a memory to cherish […]

FIFA partners Qatar to deliver 2022 FIFA World Cup

Creating a joint venture forms part of FIFA’s vision to create an organisation that streamlines the operational delivery of the World Cup. The management board of the new entity will be composed of FIFA’s Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, FIFA’s two Deputy Secretary Generals, Zvonimir Boban and Alasdair Bell, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin […]

CONCACAF postpones World Cup qualifiers to March

Under CONCACAF’s qualifying format, the winners of each of the six first-round groups will play a two-legged knockout tie for a place in the last phase. Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras have already secured a place in the final round by virtue of their rankings.

England overloaded with T20 options with World Cup on the horizon but what is their best XI?

The second T20I against the Aussies showed what it can look like at its best as both men charged in, consistently topped 90mph and had two of the most fearsome batsmen in white-ball cricket hopping around on the crease. David Warner wasn’t hopping for long as Archer got his third ball and while Finch survived […]

Draw against Qatar stands out right up there with the best: Sunil Chhetri

“Playing Asian champions Qatar in their own backyard in a World Cup qualifier was one of those dream-like scenarios. Looking back, I could only watch the match from the four walls of my hotel room, completely glued to the TV and cheering the team on with all my heart.