The Asian Championship plans to change to FIFA or cancel this years international competition day

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 The Asian Championship plans to change to FIFA or cancel this years international competition day


[Asian epidemic, no final conclusion

At present, in Asia, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia are basically under control of the epidemic. However, although the number of newly confirmed cases in Japan in East Asia has been less than 200 for two weeks, the number of detected cases in Japan is too small and concealed, so it is not considered as a country under control of the epidemic. Thailand has just removed China and South Korea from the list of dangerous sexually transmitted diseases, but there is no Japan among them, which is enough to show. At the very least, football is not going to recover in Japan in the short term.

At the same time, the epidemic situation in other countries and regions in the Far East is not optimistic. In recent half months, Singapore has maintained a new diagnosis of at least 400 people a day, with a cumulative diagnosis number of 27000. The cumulative number of confirmed cases in Indonesia, with limited detection capacity, also reached 17000, maintaining a daily high of more than 400 cases.

Although there are many countries that basically control the epidemic in the whole East Asia region at this stage, the air transport between countries basically stays in the Limited freight transport and has not fully recovered air passenger transport, which objectively limits the traffic possibility of transnational competitions.

Compared with China and South Korea, the three traditional East Asian powers, which have basically controlled the epidemic, the epidemic in West Asia is still in the outbreak period. Although the number of confirmed cases in Iran has dropped to 17800, the number of newly confirmed cases per day has rebounded from 800 to 1500 in the last two weeks. Saudi Arabia has accumulated 50000 confirmed cases, and the number of newly confirmed cases per day has just exceeded 2000, which is still in the high-speed outbreak period. Qatar has accumulated 30000 confirmed cases, The number of newly diagnosed cases in a single day exceeded 1000 in 10 consecutive days; the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the UAE was 22000, and the number of newly diagnosed cases in a single day was also above 700. Iraq and Syrias data are severely limited by their testing capabilities, while Tajikistan, which has been persisting in concealing reports, has just been forced to make public the number of confirmed cases, thus suspending the league matches it has been persisting in.

Its hard to determine the schedule of the Asian championship. In East Asia, it depends on the epidemic situation in Japan. In West Asia, its a collective occupation. There are more than 13000 confirmed cases in Kuwait, more than 6000 in Bahrain and more than 5000 in Oman. There is no country with low epidemic risk that wants to find a match system. Turkmenistan and North Korea novel coronavirus pneumonia are the only countries in Asia that have not officially announced the new crown pneumonia cases, but the two countries are relatively closed to the outside world and are unable to meet the requirements of the two match system.

The reason why AFC has not determined the detailed Championship schedule as early as March is that the whole western Asia region is in the outbreak period, so it is difficult to judge the trend of the epidemic in the short term. AFC Champions League AFC Champions League is a group phase. Novel coronavirus pneumonia is not sensitive to high temperature in view of the hot climate in Western Asia and the new crown pneumonia virus. Even though the Western Asian epidemic situation was controlled in June, it is difficult for the Asian Champions League to focus on the high temperature in August. This is also at the end of May, even if the AFC General Assembly discusses the Asian Championship schedule, because the epidemic situation of the three major countries in the Western Asia region has not yet peaked, it is difficult to have a clear conclusion.

[the schedule is hard to decide, three line worry

According to the usual schedule of the Asian Championship in recent years, the group match is played from March to May. The first round of the knockout match is held in late June in East Asia and in early August in West Asia. The next three rounds of knockout match are generally held in September, October and November. However, due to the impact of the epidemic this season, only two rounds of the group match have been held in West Asia. Although East Asia has played two rounds, only Beijing Guoan is the only four teams in China Played a game. Previously, the Asian Football Association held a meeting in early March to postpone the East Asian Games originally scheduled for March and April. The remaining four rounds of the group match lasted from late May to late June, and the first two rounds of the previously postponed matches should also be completed before August. At the same time, the 1 / 8 final was adjusted from June to August, and the next three knockout rounds were still in September, October and November respectively, but the interval between the two rounds was shortened from 2-3 weeks to one week.

However, due to the subsequent outbreaks in East Asia and West Asia, and the fall of cases exported from Iran in West Asia, the outbreaks in East Asia have been basically controlled except for those in China, not only in South Korea, but also in Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore. Indonesia, Philippines and Australia have successively become new epidemic areas, especially the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games and the outbreak in Europe and America As a result, AFC can only announce the indefinite extension of the remaining schedule of the group match scheduled for May June. Meanwhile, the international match days in June, September and October are postponed, which are implemented according to the notice issued by FIFA.

Now the league matches have been resumed in South Korea in East Asia. Vietnam will resume the league matches on June 5. China, Japan and Australia plan to resume the league matches in late June, but they are all limited to domestic matches. Thailand has simply postponed the league matches to September, and the league matches will be changed into cross year matches. As for the Western Asia region, the resumption of the league is still in the outbreak period because of the epidemic, which is far away.

The Asian Football Association has previously studied changing the remaining four group matches of the Asian championship to match system, but it is unfair to the team that has played two rounds of home and away games. But if we insist on the host and guest field system, there is another practical problem - with the current anti epidemic policies of China, Japan, South Korea and Australia, it will take 14 days to enter the country, which means that the Asian championship teams in East Asia will spend at least two months in isolation. There are three teams in China that have not yet played group games, and six group games will take more than three months. The official data of Uzbekistan in Western Asia has basically controlled the epidemic. However, four teams in Western Asia involve 16 teams. Even if the four rounds after the team match are changed to the match system, it can only be arranged in four countries. Uzbekistans ability to undertake the game can only be one team at most. Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman are all suffering from the same serious epidemic, which makes western Asia lose the possibility of organizing the group match in June.

Before the strict measures of quarantine for 14 days have not been lifted in East Asia, it is meaningless to talk about the Asian championship. In view of the fact that it will take at least one month for the outbreak in Western Asia to see the turning point and the coming hot weather, the Asian Championship group match in Western Asia will not end until August or even September at the fastest. At the same time, AFC should consider that the top 40 matches must be completed within this year, so as not to affect the top 12 next year. Because next year, there are only 5 international competition days to arrange 10 games, and 4 additional games will be added. However, due to health and safety concerns, FIFA has a high probability of canceling all international competition days this year. After all, even though the epidemic in Europe and the United States was basically under control in September, Latin America, Africa and Asias underdeveloped areas with poor public health resources are also difficult to carry out transnational competitions. It is the most reasonable system for Asian region to solve the problem of competition delay caused by the epidemic to change the competition system of the Asian Championship knockout and the top 40 competition. However, even such system reform should be applied to FIFA and approved by FIFA. Source: football newspaper Author: Han Bing, editor in charge: Chen Huanyu, b6796

Before the strict measures of quarantine for 14 days have not been lifted in East Asia, it is meaningless to talk about the Asian championship. In view of the fact that it will take at least one month for the outbreak in Western Asia to see the turning point and the coming hot weather, the Asian Championship group match in Western Asia will not end until August or even September at the fastest. At the same time, AFC should consider that the top 40 matches must be completed within this year, so as not to affect the top 12 next year. Because next year, there are only 5 international competition days to arrange 10 games, and 4 additional games will be added.

However, due to health and safety concerns, FIFA has a high probability of canceling all international competition days this year. After all, even though the epidemic in Europe and the United States was basically under control in September, Latin America, Africa and Asias underdeveloped areas with poor public health resources are also difficult to carry out transnational competitions. It is the most reasonable system for Asian region to solve the problem of competition delay caused by the epidemic to change the competition system of the Asian Championship knockout and the top 40 competition. However, even such system reform should be applied to FIFA and approved by FIFA.