FIFA Cancels Japan vs. N. Korea World Cup Qualifier

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Soccer Football – AFC Qualifiers – Group B – Japan v North Korea – Japan National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – March 21, 2024 Japan and North Korea players shakes hands after the match

Tokyo (Jiji Press)—FIFA has announced that a planned World Cup qualifier between Japan and North Korea will not take place, after North Korea withdrew its intention to host the match in Pyongyang.

The fourth match in the second Asian qualifying round for the 2026 World Cup was scheduled for March 26. It will not be rescheduled, according to the international governing body for soccer.

The outcome of the cancellation will be discussed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

On Thursday, Japan beat North Korea 1-0 in a match in Tokyo to lead Group B in the qualifying round.