Canada's World Cup Qualifying match against Cayman Islands on Sunday afternoon has been postponed, Canada Soccer announced Sunday afternoon.
The postponement appears to be a result of the absence of appropriate COVID-19 results for the Cayman Islands. FIFA confirmed this to be true, citing that the Cayman Islands missed the ‘deadline’ for submitting required COVID-19 testing information ahead of Sunday’s match.
FIFA has been informed that the Cayman Islands Football Association was not able to submit the required COVID-19 testing information in time for today’s FIFA World Cup Qualification match between Canada and the Cayman Islands. pic.twitter.com/QaVaEvklBu— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) March 28, 2021
“Before each match, teams are required to provide FIFA a negative COVID-19 PCR test result for all players and staff taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to accessing the venue,” added Canada Soccer. “No participant is permitted into the match venue without this negative test. Canada Soccer engaged a laboratory to be on-site with the team to conduct its testing and all Canada Soccer staff and players have received negative testing prior to arriving and while in camp in Florida.”
The match, originally scheduled for 4 pm EST on Sunday afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, will now be played (tomorrow) on March 29 at 6 pm ET.
Cayman Islands are coming off a 3-0 defeat to Suriname on Wednesday.