All eyes on Asia ahead of the AFC Asian Qualifiers draw
Jul 02, 2021 00:36 [IST]
Last Update: Jul 02, 2021 00:36 [IST]
The focus of the
world's most populous Continent and beyond will be riveted on Kuala Lumpur on
Thursday, 1 July 2021, when the virtual draw for the final round of the AFC
Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar takes centre stage as Asia’s top 12 nations
discover their opponents in their quest to seal the coveted spots for the FIFA
World Cup Qatar 2022.
With the excitement and anticipation reaching fever pitch, some of Asia’s most
renowned tacticians are expected to join the virtual draw, which will divide 12
teams into two groups of six each, with the winners and runners-up sealing
their places for the global showpiece, while the third-placed teams will
advance to the Asian playoff to determine the side that will advance to the
Based on the special FIFA Ranking released for Asian teams on June 18, top
seeds Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran will take their places in Pot 1,
with Pot 2 comprising Australia and Korea Republic while Pot 3 will include
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Pot 4 will contain Iraq and China PR, followed by Oman and Syria in Pot 5 and
debutants Vietnam and Lebanon completing the line-up in Pot 6. The draw will
begin with Pot 6, with the first and second balls drawn from each pot placed in
Groups A and B respectively until the sequence is completed all the way through
to Pot 1.
The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar is scheduled to be played on the
following 10 match days: September 2 and 7, October 7 and 12, and November 11
and 16, 2021, as well as January 27 and February 1, 2022, before reaching its
climax on March 24 and 29, 2022.