TEHRAN – The soccer federation is determined to allow the Iranian national team to host their home matches of the third round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the country.
Iran will begin training camp on August 25; However, it is still not clear whether Iran can play their home games on their soil.
There are some reasons why the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has still not announced the venue for Iran’s home games. The challenges of Covid-19 are still relevant in the country; However, the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has announced that most of the issues with hosting Iran have been resolved with the exception of one issue that appears to be a big hurdle. .
According to the words of FFIRI officials, from President Shahabeddin Azizi Khadem to the secretary general and to some members of the FFIRI board of directors, the question of hosting the World Cup qualifiers now only depends on the payment of the TV broadcast right of the Iranian radio and television competitions known as the Broadcasting of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIB) to AFC.
Iran lost their host right in the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers due to what the AFC mentioned as trade, broadcast and logistics issues.
The FFIRI does not wish to welcome rivals outside Iran for the second time in a row. So far, Iraq have announced that their home game against Iran in the third round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup will take place in Doha, Qatar as a neutral venue.
The Iranian Football Association has so far taken action to address the lighting or high-speed internet issues at the Azadi Stadium. However, television and media law remains a problem that IRIB administrators must resolve.
Mirshad Majedi, member of the board of directors of the FFIRI, spoke directly on this subject: “If the money of the broadcasting right is not paid to the AFC in the coming days, we will lose the right. hosting our matches. I hope that with the measures taken by the officials of the IRIB, in coordination with the football federation, the sum requested by the AFC will be paid so that we can welcome our rivals at the Azadi stadium, as in previous years.
Iran will enter the third qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup with a match against Syria on September 2.