Some bad news for Concacaf qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The confederation has been forced to postpone the start of World Cup qualifying from October and November until March 2021, it was announced by Concacaf and FIFA Tuesday.
In a press release, Concacaf said that had held recent discussions with its member associations, FIFA and other stakeholders.
Following those discussions, Concacaf and FIFA jointly agreed that the Concacaf qualifiers would be put off until next year.
“Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision,” Concacaf and FIFA said in a joint statement. “Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.”
Concacaf said that it will work with FIFA to finalize a new schedule, beginning with the first round in March.
It was not immediately known how this will affect the U.S.’s World Cup qualifying schedule. The United States is set to start its road to Qatar in March 2021.
“These are extraordinary times, and we all need to continue to adjust,” U.S. men’s national coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “We have established a strong foundation in our group and we will deal with whatever comes our way. We look forward to receiving the updated schedule so we can plan accordingly.”