The Fiji TimesFiji eyes World Cup – Yusuf: FFA works on strategic plan

The 2022 FIFA World Cup attracts to its climax this week with the semi-finals and closing to be performed in Qatar.

Each 4 years the most effective groups on the planet get collectively to resolve who the true champion of the sport is.

Again dwelling right here in Fiji, soccer lovers observe the match carefully, with a dream that sooner or later we may have our senior aspect play on the World Cup.

The opportunity of the dream turning into actuality appears nearer than ever.

On the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America, FIFA has confirmed the variety of taking part groups will enhance from 32 to 48.

How does this have an effect on us? The Oceania area might be given 1.5 spot for qualification, which till now was 0.5.

For the following world cup, one group from Oceania will get a direct qualification to the World Cup whereas the second-placed group will play one of many weaker groups from CONCACAF needing a win to e-book their spot.

Fiji has secured a spot at subsequent 12 months’s FIFA Beneath-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

Fiji FA chief government officer Mohammed Yusuf mentioned many of the gamers from this group could be saved for the senior qualifiers 4 years later.

“We’re planning to maintain the bottom of the group from this squad after we play the qualifiers in early 2025. We’re simply attempting to place in a strategic plan so we will work this out,” Yusuf mentioned.

He added no stones could be left unturned in preparations for subsequent 12 months’s FIFA U20 World Cup.

“We might be investing large on this group. They are going to be in Mexico taking part in matches for 3 weeks and return in February(2023). They are going to then journey to Malaysia and be primarily based there the place they’ll be coaching.

“They then begin taking part in their pool video games in Indonesia in mid-Could.”

He additionally added that plans for a brand new coach are additionally in place who will lead the present panel of coaches.

“We do have an area and some overseas-based coaches and we’re nonetheless ready to finalise that.”

In the meantime, Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel, who can also be a FIFA Council member, travelled to Qatar this week for its council assembly.

The FIFA World Cup semi-finals start tomorrow with Argentina taking part in Croatia at 7am.

France battles Morocco within the second semi-final on the similar time on Thursday. The ultimate is scheduled for 3am subsequent Monday.

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