Afghanistan, Myanmar pick neutral venues for World Cup games

ZURICH (AP) FIFA says Afghanistan will host its first 2018 World Cup qualifying match in Iran, and Myanmar chose Thailand as its home venue.

FIFA had ruled Afghanistan unsafe to stage World Cup matches for security reasons.

FIFA has confirmed that Afghanistan will play Syria on June 11 at the Samen Stadium in Mashhad, near Iran's border with Afghanistan.

Myanmar is barred from hosting qualifiers by a FIFA disciplinary decision after crowd violence in a 2014 World Cup preliminary round match at Yangon.

On June 16, Myanmar will play South Korea at the Rajamangala national stadium in Bangkok.

Yemen, which is also currently unsafe for teams to visit, was previously confirmed to host North Korea and Philippines next month in Doha, Qatar.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.