North Korea-Japan World Cup Asia Qualifier to be held in Pyongyang as scheduled

The North Korea vs. Japan match in the second Asian qualifying round of the 2026 North American Football Confederations Cup will now be played at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang on Sept. 26 as originally scheduled, Kyodo News reported.

The Japan Football Association said it was informed by the Asian Football Confederation 홀덤사이트 earlier in the day.

The match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

The AFC recently traveled to Pyongyang to ensure that the match would go ahead. The match will be preceded by the third group stage match between North Korea and Japan on March 21 at Tokyo National Stadium.

It will be the first time in more than four years that North Korea has played a national soccer match on home soil.

North Korea hasn’t played an A-match home game since Oct. 15, 2019, when it hosted South Korea at Kim Il Sung Stadium in the second Asian qualifier for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Last month’s Paris 2024 Olympic women’s soccer qualifier between North Korea and Japan was originally scheduled to be played at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang before being moved to the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.

The AFC announced the change of venue after the North Koreans demanded an alternative venue in response to concerns over flight delays and lack of transparency surrounding the match.

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