The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) analyzed this week different possibilities that would allow activities to return in the region. The confederation also confirmed that the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup will follow the current FIFA calendar, which hasn’t been changed.
After the meeting, the Council said that the entity has a fundamental requirement to comply with all preventive measures established by the health authorities in each South American country.
CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez explained: “These follow-up meetings with the members of the Council allow us to have a real and updated view of the situation in each of the federations. It also allows us to align our goals, protocols and new measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our activities.”
The Council also confirmed that member associations will receive approximately $14m from FIFA’s Evolution fund. According to CONMEBOL, around 400 clubs in South America will receive part of this money.
Some of the CONMEBOL competitions depend on the FIFA schedule, and as it doesn’t have any recent changes, the 2022 World Cup qualifiers will continue on the original dates.
Last week, the Medical Commission met with two experts to come up with a document with recommendations from the authorities of the different member associations. This document, optimized by doctors from different South American countries, will then be presented as a working basis for the governments of each country of the associations.
“Our main goal in CONMEBOL will always be to safeguard the health of South American football. For this reason, we will seek maximum coordination and consensus for the optimal implementation of these measures,” explained the sports organization.