2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the Asian Zone (AFC). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification.

The Asian Football Confederation was allocated four qualifying berths for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and one place in a play-off, however South Korea and Japan, the co-hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 2.5 spots open for competition between 40 teams. Myanmar withdrew from the tournament after being placed in Group 2 but before any matches had been played, therefore reducing the group to 3 teams.

Afghanistan, Bhutan, North Korea and Timor-Leste did not participate in the qualification process.

Asia's two remaining automatic qualifying berths were taken by Saudi Arabia and China. Iran failed to become a third Asian representative in the World Cup after losing their AFC/UEFA playoff against Republic of Ireland.

Tournament structure[edit]

There were three rounds of play:

  • First Stage: The 40 teams were divided into 10 groups of 4 teams each. The teams played against each other twice, except in Group 2, where the teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the Final Round.
  • Second Stage: The 10 teams were divided into 2 groups of 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would advance to the AFC Play-off.
  • Play-off: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.

First round[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners qualify for the Second round

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Oman Oman 6 5 1 0 33 3 +30 16
Syria Syria 6 4 1 1 40 6 +34 13
Laos Laos 6 1 1 4 3 40 −37 4
Philippines Philippines 6 0 1 5 2 29 −27 1
  Laos Oman Philippines Syria
Laos Laos 0–7 2–0 0–9
Oman Oman 12–0 7–0 2–0
Philippines Philippines 1–1 0–2 1–5
Syria Syria 11–0 3–3 12–0

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Iran 2 2 0 0 21 0 +21 6
Tajikistan Tajikistan 2 1 0 1 16 2 +14 3
Guam Guam 2 0 0 2 0 35 −35 0
  Guam Iran Tajikistan
Guam Guam
Iran Iran 19–0 2–0
Tajikistan Tajikistan 16–0 - -

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Qatar Qatar 6 5 1 0 14 3 +11 16
State of Palestine Palestine 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7
Malaysia Malaysia 6 2 1 3 8 11 −3 7
Hong Kong Hong Kong 6 1 1 4 3 10 −7 4
  Hong Kong Malaysia State of Palestine Qatar
Hong Kong Hong Kong 2–1 1–1 0–3
Malaysia Malaysia 2–0 4–3 0–0
Palestine State of Palestine 1–0 1–0 1–2
Qatar Qatar 2–0 5–1 2–1

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bahrain Bahrain 6 5 0 1 9 4 +5 15
Kuwait Kuwait 6 4 1 1 9 3 +6 13
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 6 1 1 4 3 9 −6 4
Singapore Singapore 6 0 2 4 3 8 −5 2
  Bahrain Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Singapore
Bahrain Bahrain 1–2 1–0 2–0
Kuwait Kuwait 0–1 2–0 1–1
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 1–2 0–3 1–1
Singapore Singapore 1–2 0-1 0–1

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Thailand Thailand 6 5 1 0 20 5 +15 16
Lebanon Lebanon 6 4 1 1 26 5 +21 13
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 6 1 1 4 8 20 −12 4
Pakistan Pakistan 6 0 1 5 5 29 −24 1
  Lebanon Pakistan Sri Lanka Thailand
Lebanon Lebanon 6–0 4–0 1–2
Pakistan Pakistan 1–8 3–3 0–6
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 0–5 3–1 0–3
Thailand Thailand 2–2 3–0 4–2

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iraq Iraq 6 4 2 0 28 5 +23 14
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 6 4 2 0 20 2 +18 14
Nepal Nepal 6 2 0 4 13 25 −12 6
Macau Macau 6 0 0 6 2 31 −29 0
  Iraq Kazakhstan Macau Nepal
Iraq Iraq 1–1 8–0 4–2
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 1–1 3–0 4–0
Macau Macau 0–5 0–5 1–6
Nepal Nepal 1–9 0-6 4–1

Group 7[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 6 4 2 0 20 5 +15 14
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12
Jordan Jordan 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5 8
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 0 25 −25 0
  Chinese Taipei Jordan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 0–2 0–5 0–4
Jordan Jordan 6–0 1–2 1–1
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 1–0 2–0 2–5
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 7–0 2–2 1–0

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates UAE 6 4 0 2 21 5 +16 12
Yemen Yemen 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11
India India 6 3 2 1 11 5 +6 11
Brunei Brunei 6 0 0 6 0 28 −28 0
  Brunei India United Arab Emirates Yemen
Brunei Brunei 0–1 0–12 0–5
India India 5–0 1–0 1–1
UAE United Arab Emirates 4–0 1–0 3–2
Yemen Yemen 1–0 3-3 2–1

Group 9[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China China 6 6 0 0 25 3 +22 18
Indonesia Indonesia 6 4 0 2 16 7 +9 12
Maldives Maldives 6 1 1 4 8 19 −11 4
Cambodia Cambodia 6 0 1 5 2 22 −20 1
  Cambodia China Indonesia Maldives
Cambodia Cambodia 0–4 0–2 1–1
China China 3–1 5–1 10–1
Indonesia Indonesia 6–0 0–2 5–0
Maldives Maldives 6–0 0-1 0–2

Group 10[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 6 6 0 0 30 0 +30 18
Vietnam Vietnam 6 3 1 2 9 9 +0 10
Bangladesh Bangladesh 6 1 2 3 5 15 −10 5
Mongolia Mongolia 6 0 1 5 2 22 −20 1
  Bangladesh Mongolia Saudi Arabia Vietnam
Bangladesh Bangladesh 2–2 0–3 0–4
Mongolia Mongolia 0–3 0–6 0–1
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 6–0 6–0 5–0
Vietnam Vietnam 0–0 4–0 0–4

Second round[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup
Runners-up advance to the AFC play off

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 8 5 2 1 17 8 +9 17
Iran Iran 8 4 3 1 10 7 +3 15
Bahrain Bahrain 8 2 4 2 8 9 −1 10
Iraq Iraq 8 2 1 5 9 10 −1 7
Thailand Thailand 8 0 4 4 5 15 −10 4
  Bahrain Iran Iraq Saudi Arabia Thailand
Bahrain Bahrain 3–1 2–0 0–4 1–1
Iran Iran 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Iraq Iraq 1–0 1–2 1–2 4–0
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 1–1 2–2 1–0 4–1
Thailand Thailand 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–3

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China China 8 6 1 1 13 2 +11 19
United Arab Emirates UAE 8 3 2 3 10 11 −1 11
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 8 3 1 4 13 14 −1 10
Qatar Qatar 8 2 3 3 10 10 +0 9
Oman Oman 8 1 3 4 7 16 −9 6
  China Oman Qatar United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan
China China 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0
Oman Oman 0–2 0–3 1–1 4–2
Qatar Qatar 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2
UAE United Arab Emirates 0–1 2–2 0–2 4–1
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 1–0 5–0 2–1 0–1

Play-off[edit]

25 October 2001
17:30 UTC+04:30
 Iran 1 – 0  United Arab Emirates
Bagheri Goal 45' Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Kim Young-Joo (KOR)

31 October 2001
18:30 UTC+04
United Arab Emirates  0 – 3  Iran
Report Daei Goal 7'
Bagheri Goal 76'
Minavand Goal 79'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Toru Kamikawa (JPN)

Iran win 4-0 on aggregate and qualify for the UEFA / AFC Intercontinental Play-off

Goalscorers[edit]

11 goals
10 goals
9 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals


7 goals Karim Bagheri

External links[edit]