FIFA has at present been knowledgeable by Auckland Metropolis FC that, in mild of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated quarantine measures required by the New Zealand authorities, the membership might be unable to take part within the FIFA Membership World Cup 2020™.
Regardless of FIFA’s common exchanges with the membership, New Zealand Soccer and the OFC in latest days, the necessities of the New Zealand authorities in relation to isolation and quarantine transcend FIFA’s remit and, subsequently, it was not attainable to succeed in an answer.
FIFA along with the Qatari authorities, will implement a complete medical and safety protocol offering the safeguards required to guard the well being and security of everybody concerned within the competitors.
Following the withdrawal of Auckland Metropolis, the FIFA Membership World Cup 2020™ might be contested by Al-Duhail SC, Al Ahly SC, FC Bayern Munich, Ulsan Hyundai FC, Tigres UANL and the winners of the CONMEBOL Libertadores ultimate scheduled for 30 January. The primary-round match will not happen and Al Duhail SC will start the competitors within the second spherical. The competitors format stays in any other case unchanged.
The draw to finalise the pairings will happen in Zurich on 19 January at 16:00 CET.