Written by by Luke Jones, CNN
A tie-breaking method will be in place to avoid playing a repeat of the reverse fixture in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, FIFA says.
The Concacaf and Oceania international play-off will be played in Dubai and Doha, with the winners advancing to the World Cup Finals.
On Tuesday, a Football Association of England (FA) spokesperson told CNN “Hosting the final in a slightly different venue from the original did not present any issues, but was just an extra complication.”
The pitch at the Doha Emirates Stadium will be used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup final after FIFA’s announcement that the switch would take place https://t.co/sRGHP9XRgK pic.twitter.com/7NHlf6ujNr — RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 30, 2018
The matches will be played on 21 November and 5 December 2022, four days before the opening match and 24 days before the last game of the group stage. The host venue and dates will not be announced until October.
The switch means the United States, Canada and Mexico, who originally were scheduled to play off in February 2019, will not play their third-place match, meaning there is only one playoff match scheduled from 2018 to 2020.
Qatar was awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December 2010, becoming the first country to have both tournaments in the same year.