With an epidemic, Norway goes ‘home’ in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers

With an epidemic, Norway goes 'home' in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers
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Travel restrictions imposed by some European countries due to some coronovirus epidemics result in the 2022 World Cup qualifier starting in 2021, which will be in Qatar. Following the postponement of the Games in Asia, Norway announced on Tuesday that it would not play at home at the start of the European qualifier.

Norway’s team is the first in Europe to announce a change of headquarters because of measures taken to stop the spread of Kovid-19. On March 27, for the second round of the qualifiers, the team will take on Turkey in Malaga, Spain, in place of Oslo, without the presence of stadium spectators. The debut three days away, will be against Gibraltar away from home.

The change of headquarters is already taking place in 16 of the first round of the UEFA Champions League and the second round of the Europa League, especially with clubs from England due to travel restrictions to the United Kingdom.

In Asia, only four of the 20 matches scheduled for the 2022 World Cup qualifying round will be held in March. The rest of the schedule was postponed until June due to the current health protocol.

FIFA has extended an exemption from mandatory release rules amid epidemics as players from around the world may be prohibited by their clubs from joining their national teams.

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