Regional football governing body Concacaf has confirmed that the scheduled September start of the final round of World Cup Qualifiers has been scrapped while reiterating that the qualifying format will be changed.
In a release yesterday, Concacaf says a Fifa working group of which they are a part made the decision to postpone the September 2020 Fifa window for four confederations, Concacaf, Asia, Oceania and Africa as several countries around the world continue to battle with COVID 19 and that they will only resume international football when it is safe so to do.
As it regards the change to the qualifying format, Concacaf pointed out that due to the disruption of the international calendar the Fifa ranking system in the Concacaf has been compromised adding they will now work with the new framework provided by and in consultation with Fifa to finalize a new format.
Concacaf also says it will be working with the different stakeholders to reorganize the Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers originally scheduled from March to June this year and the Concacaf Nations League finals which were to have been held in June and a range of other suspended competitions.
Initially, the Hexagonal Round should have featured the top six teams in Concacaf based on the Fifa world ranking at the end of this month facing each other home and away for three automatic spots to Qatar 2022.
JFF president Michael Ricketts told Nationwide Sports that he’s not surprised by the decision.
JFF president Michael Ricketts.