Victor Montagliani (Photo Credit: Reuters)

CONCACAF Chief Eyes World Cup Qualifying Overhaul As a consequence of Coronavirus Disruption

Victor Montagliani (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Victor Montagliani (Picture Credit score: Reuters)

CONCACAF chief Victor Montagliani mentioned the present World Cup qualifying format won’t work after misplaced time because of coronavirus.

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  • Final Up to date: Might 7, 2020, 11:50 AM IST

Los Angeles: CONCACAF chief Victor Montagliani mentioned Wednesday the disruption attributable to the coronavirus pandemic would doubtless power modifications to the construction of the area’s qualifying competitors for the 2022 World Cup.

In an interview with Canada’s Onesoccer.com web site, Montagliani mentioned he anticipated CONCACAF’s conventional “Hexagonal” closing spherical of qualifying must be scrapped beneath the reforms.

For the 2018 World Cup, six groups performed in a home-and-away round-robin group with the highest three groups from North America, Central America and the Caribbean qualifying straight for the finals in Russia and the fourth place staff getting into a playoff.

Nevertheless Montagliani mentioned the worldwide sporting shutdown attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic would doubtless imply the lack of necessary FIFA worldwide home windows forward of the 2022 World Cup, which means reforms to the qualifying construction have been inevitable.

“I believe on the stability of possibilities by way of what has occurred to date, and what doubtless will proceed to occur, the present World Cup format must be modified,” Montagliani mentioned.

“Which implies that finally the ‘Hex’ must be became another kind.”

Montagliani didn’t present any particulars of what a reformed qualifying competitors would possibly appear to be nonetheless.

“Clearly it is going to be larger, however what that quantity is I do not know till we’ve a calendar,” he mentioned.

“Till we all know from FIFA what number of home windows we’ve it’ll be very exhausting for me to say it’ll be this, that or the opposite.

“As a result of even on among the modelling that my competitions guys are engaged on of their basements proper now, relying on what this calendar appears like, no matter you have considered you might need to redo that.”

Montagliani mentioned nonetheless he anticipated FIFA rankings can be used to assist formulate preliminary rounds of qualifying.

“You are going to have to make use of FIFA rankings to begin someplace as a result of that is the truth of our confederation and by way of having 35 groups,” he mentioned.

“You are going to need to do some sort of elimination course of after which get into some sort of group stage course of.”

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