Most international football might not be played until 2021 because of coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, one of FIFA’s vice-presidents has said.
Victor Montagliani, a Canadian who is president of the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf), has been heading a FIFA working group formulating plans to deal with the implications of the sport being largely shut down since last month.
FIFA already has called off international matches that were due to be played in March and June. Montagliani, Concacaf’s president, believes the September, October and November windows for national team matches could also be scrapped.
The return of fans into stadiums could be dependent on a vaccine for Covid-19 being ready, which might not be until 2021.