World Cup at home: FIFA have sought to alleviate the lack of any live football during the coronavirus shutdown by screening past World Cup matches on their YouTube channel.
Fans will vote on which matches they want to see with FIFA making one full match available every day for six weeks.
The World Cup at home
Most professional football leagues had shut down by the end of the second week of March and fans have been left with an itch that only the world’s most popular sport can scratch.
The next edition of the FIFA World Cup will be staged in Qatar in 2022 but its November to December window has created a conundrum for professional leagues the world over.
Some have suggested using the coronavirus shutdown to realign the global seasons to facilitate a smoother tournament.
The final week of March was earmarked for a round of South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 but those matches have been postponed.
“FIFA will continue to assess the situation in relation to COVID-19 and will decide whether further changes to the schedule of South American FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers are required, always with the aim of protecting the health and safety of all individuals involved,” a statement from football bosses read.
South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL said on Thursday it will ask FIFA to delay the start of the region’s qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Football leagues in South America have been shut down over the deadly virus.
CONMEBOL said in a statement it was taking “extreme precautions … in line with the recommendations indicated by international authorities regarding public health.”
With all South American countries under various degrees of lockdown as the coronavirus spread has started to accelerate in the region, CONMEBOL doesn’t want to try rescheduling games before the next round in September.
In South Africa, Bafana Bafana have seen AFCON qualifiers postponed while the Premier Soccer League have also shut down.
The English Premier League announced yesterday that their shutdown will stretch right through the month of April. The FA have waived a rule prohibiting extending the domestic season beyond 1 June.