Nine teams will take part in the next Oceania qualifiers in the 2022 World Cup host country.
Qatar is now the neutral host of the Oceania 2022 World Cup qualifiers after significant delays due to Covid-19 quarantine restrictions, FIFA confirmed on Monday.
Winners of both groups advance to the semi-finals, followed by a final game on 30 March to decide Oceania’s entry in the intercontinental playoffs.
Out of the 11 national teams from the region, only nine will take part in the qualifiers after Samoa and American Samoa withdrew.
Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 this time next year. The Gulf state is currently holding the FIFA Arab Cup, delivering a spectacular ceremony at the Al Bayt World Cup stadium on Tuesday night.