The health situation in the American continent due to the pandemic of Covid-19 forced FIFA and Concacaf to cancel the start of the World Cup qualifier towards Qatar 2022 than was scheduled for october, so that the entire calendar will be covered with effects on Mexico, even though the beginning of their participation in the qualifying It was already scheduled to be until mid-2021.
The First Phase of the Concacaf qualifier was going to start next month with a round between 30 countries (the worst placed in the FIFA Ranking), where they would come from in March 3 teams to classify the definitive Octagonal, in which There are already 5 classified, one of them Mexico.
When will Mexico’s participation in the Concacaf octagonal begin?
However, the cancellation of FIFA dates of this October and November in Concacaf will cause a readjustment in the entire tie schedule, so that the Tricolor will no longer start the Octagonal in June 2021 but in September of that year.
WILL YOU REACH THE CALENDAR? YES WITH TRIPLE FIFA DATES
He Octagonal requires that each of the last eight teams profiled to the World Cup I played 14 games, so for this they are necessary 7 FIFA dates doubles, that is, 7 windows of the international calendar in which, in each one of them, a pair of national team games is played.
But the biggest complication involved postponement from the start of the tie is that Concacaf I had already configured the Octagonal calendar to take advantage of the seven available FIFA windows that were available from June 2021 and until before the World Cup, which will start in November 2022.
However, when starting the Octagonal in September 2021 only five FIFA Dates will be available, so it would be possible that these be triple and not doubleAccording to Concacaf sources consulted by Mediotiempo, who detailed the announcement that the organization made this Tuesday.
“Many parts of the region continue to experience very challenging public health situations and that has been a key factor in this decision. In addition, several confederation countries have applied travel restrictions and quarantine requirements that would make it extremely difficult for 30 national teams to play international matches, ”the statement said.
Is so the First Phase of the eliminatory will begin no longer in this October but until March 2021. In this instance, the 30 teams will be grouped into 6 groups of 5 teams and the winner of each sector will go on to a “playoffs” or Second Round of the tie.
What teams are classified?
Those “playoffs” will be played in 3 series, whose winner will classify the Octagonal (Third Phase of the tie) to complete the eight teams, since for now there are 5:
- Costa Rica
EL TATA WILL HEAT ENGINES IN 2021 GOLD CUP
Another change implied by the postponement of the start of the tie is that the 2021 Gold Cup It will be the last chance for Tata Martino to have the full team in preparation for the start of the road to Qatar 2022.
The Concacaf national team tournament will be in July 2021 and hence a couple of months later the Octagonal will be starting.
TRI KEEPS GAMES VS. COSTA RICA AND HOLLAND
Despite the cancellation of the start of the tie in Concacaf for October, the Mexican National Team for the moment maintains the friendly on September 30 against Costa Rica behind closed doors at the Azteca Stadium, where El Tri will have only Liga MX players, although in recent days in the Tico country they have shown fear of traveling to Mexico.
After that, Mexico agreed to a tour of Europe to face the Netherlands on October 7 in Amsterdam and New Zealand on the 11th of that month, possibly in The Hague because the venue has yet to be confirmed, although the most important thing that is pending, and what the Mexican Soccer Federation is waiting for, are the immigration permits for the players and the staff can enter Holland.