2022 World Cup play-off between Ukraine and Scotland on June 1: FIFA | Soccer News



PARIS: The 2022 World Cup play-offs between Ukraine and Scotland, rearranged following the Russian invasion, will take place on June 1, world governing body FIFA announced on Thursday.
The winners of the match at Hampden Park in Glasgow will take on Wales on June 5 in Cardiff for a place in this year’s final in Qatar.
FIFA had postponed the original match date of March 24 at the request of Ukraine with the support of Wales, Scotland and Austria, who the Welsh eventually beat in their play-off.
On the same day, FIFA also announced that Poland, who were due to face Russia in their play-off, had received a bye and would face Sweden’s winner against the Czech Republic on March 29.
Poland finally qualified for the World Cup final from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar after beating Sweden.
Russia had been expelled from the World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions “until further notice” by FIFA and UEFA.
“The rescheduled matches have resulted in the UEFA Nations League schedule being adjusted for some matches to take account of the postponed play-offs,” FIFA said in a statement.
“FIFA would like to thank all parties involved for the strong spirit of solidarity and cooperation that led to this unanimous decision.”
Ukraine, Scotland and Wales are playing to become the 13th European country to qualify for Qatar.
The winner of the play-off will enter Group B alongside England, USA and Iran, with a first game against the Americans scheduled for November 21 at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan.
The Ukrainian league did not resume after the winter break and was suspended indefinitely after Russia invaded on February 24.
Last month, FIFA relaxed its rules to allow home-based Ukrainian players to join foreign clubs without having to wait for the next transfer window.
This follows FIFA’s decision to allow foreign footballers and coaches working in Ukraine and Russia to temporarily suspend their contracts and relocate elsewhere.


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