In response to logistical challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Oceania Football Confederation is exploring the opportunity to play the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – Oceania Qualifiers in Qatar early next year.
On September 15 agreement was reached by the OFC Executive Committee that it was not possible at this time to organise a qualifying competition within the Oceania region.
Following prior extensive discussions between OFC, AFC and FIFA, the OFC Executive Committee approved that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – Oceania Qualifiers be played in Qatar in March 2022, pending further FIFA approval.
OFC General Secretary Franck Castillo said finding a way for the qualifiers to go ahead is a priority.
“Despite the issues presented by the pandemic, and subsequent border restrictions in our region, we are working hard to ensure these games can still take place,” Castillo said.
“As an organisation we continue to work towards the goal of qualifying two teams for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and 2027 and are committed to pushing forward with opportunities for Oceania nations to appear on the international stage, even during these challenging times.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank FIFA, AFC and Qatar Football Association for their support through this process.”
OFC will provide an update when further information is available.