2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates 12 March 2015 – 27 March 2018
Teams 45 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 252
Goals scored 820 (3.25 per match)
Attendance 3,022,771 (11,995 per match)
Top scorer(s) Saudi Arabia Mohammad Al-Sahlawi (14 goals)
2015
2023

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification was the qualification process organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to determine the participating teams for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the 17th edition of the international men's football championship of Asia. For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015.[1]

The qualification process involved four rounds, where the first two doubled as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification for Asian teams.

Format[edit]

The proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds for FIFA World Cup qualifiers with those for the Asian Cup was ratified by the AFC Competitions Committee.[1]

The qualification structure is as follows:[1][2]

  • First round: A total of 12 teams (teams ranked 35–46) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: A total of 40 teams (teams ranked 1–34 and six first round winners) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches.
    • The eight group winners and the four best group runners-up advanced to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the AFC Asian Cup finals.
    • The next 16 highest ranked teams (the remaining four group runners-up, the eight third-placed teams and the four best group fourth-placed teams) advanced directly to the third round of Asian Cup qualification.
    • The remaining 12 teams entered the play-off round to contest the remaining eight spots in the third round of Asian Cup qualification.[3]
  • Play-off round: At a Competition Committee meeting in November 2014, it was decided that a play-off round of qualifying would be introduced into the qualification procedure.[4] There were two rounds of home-and-away two-legged play-off matches to determine the final eight qualifiers for the third round.
  • Third round: The 24 teams were divided into six groups of four to play home-and-away round-robin matches, and they competed for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The play-off round represented a change from the initially announced qualification format – which saw the remaining fourth-placed teams and the four best group fifth-placed teams also advance to the third round.[1]

Entrants[edit]

46 FIFA-affiliated nations from the AFC entered qualification.[5] In order to determine which nations would compete in the first round and which nations would receive a bye through to the second round, the FIFA World Rankings of January 2015 were used (shown in parentheses).[6]

Bye to second round
(Ranked 1st to 34th)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 35th to 46th)
  1.  Iran (51)
  2.  Japan (54)
  3.  South Korea (69)
  4.  Uzbekistan (71)
  5.  United Arab Emirates (80)
  6.  Qatar (92)
  7.  Oman (93)
  8.  Jordan (93)
  9.  China PR (96)
  10.  Australia (100)
  11.  Saudi Arabia (102)
  12.  Bahrain (110)
  13.  Iraq (114)
  14.  Palestine (115)
  15.  Lebanon (122)
  16.  Kuwait (125)
  17.  Philippines (129)
  18.  Maldives (131)
  19.  Vietnam (133)
  20.  Tajikistan (136)
  21.  Myanmar (141)
  22.  Afghanistan (142)
  23.  Thailand (144)
  24.  Turkmenistan (147)
  25.  North Korea (150)
  26.  Syria (151)
  27.  Kyrgyzstan (152)
  28.  Malaysia (154)
  29.  Hong Kong (156)
  30.  Singapore (157)
  31.  Indonesia (159)
  32.  Laos (160)
  33.  Guam (161)
  34.  Bangladesh (165)
  1.  India (171)
  2.  Sri Lanka (172)
  3.  Yemen (176)
  4.  Cambodia (179)
  5.  Chinese Taipei (182)
  6.  Timor-Leste (185)
  7.    Nepal (186)
  8.  Macau (186)
  9.  Pakistan (188)
  10.  Mongolia (194)
  11.  Brunei (198)
  12.  Bhutan (209)

Due to the joint format of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, the hosts of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the United Arab Emirates also entered the second round of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers despite having qualified automatically.

Northern Mariana Islands, which is not a FIFA member, were not eligible to enter.

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the qualification competition is as follows.[7][8][9][10]

Round Matchday Date
First round First leg 12 March 2015
Second leg 17 March 2015
Second round Matchday 1 11 June 2015
Matchday 2 16 June 2015
Matchday 3 3 September 2015
Matchday 4 8 September 2015
Matchday 5 8 October 2015
Matchday 6 13 October 2015
Matchday 7 12 November 2015
Matchday 8 17 November 2015
Matchday 9 24 March 2016
Matchday 10 29 March 2016
Round Matchday Date
Play-off round Round 1 First leg 2 June 2016
Round 1 Second leg 7 June 2016
Round 2 First leg 6 September 2016
Round 2 Second leg 11 October 2016
Third round Matchday 1 28 March 2017
Matchday 2 13 June 2017
Matchday 3 5 September 2017
Matchday 4 10 October 2017
Matchday 5 14 November 2017
Matchday 6 27 March 2018

First round[edit]

The draw for the first round was held on 10 February 2015, 15:30 MST (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[11]

The six teams eliminated from this stage progressed to the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup.[12]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
India  2–0    Nepal 2–0 0–0
Yemen  3–1  Pakistan 3–1 0–0
Timor-Leste  0–6[N 1]  Mongolia 0–3[N 1] 0–3[N 1]
Cambodia  4–1  Macau 3–0 1–1
Chinese Taipei  2–1  Brunei 0–1 2–0
Sri Lanka  1–3  Bhutan 0–1 1–2
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Timor-Leste won the first leg 4–1 and the second leg 1–0, thus winning 5–1 on aggregate and advancing to the Second Round. On 12 December 2017 FIFA awarded both matches 3–0 to Mongolia due to Timor-Leste fielding numerous ineligible players. However, this was long after the Second Round had been played so Timor-Leste advanced and Mongolia were not reinstated.

Second round[edit]

The draw for the second round was held on 14 April 2015, 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[13][14]

Groups[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Saudi Arabia 8 6 2 0 28 4 +24 20 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 3–2 2–0 7–0[a]
2  United Arab Emirates 8 5 2 1 27 4 +23 17 1–1 2–0 10–0 8–0
3  Palestine 8 4 2 2 24 5 +19 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–0 0–0 6–0 7–0
4  Malaysia 8 2 0 6 7 29 −22 6 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3[b] 1–2 0–6 3–0[a]
5  Timor-Leste[a] 8 0 0 8 0 44 −44 0 0–10 0–3[a] 0–3[a] 0–3[a]
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d e f Timor-Leste forfeited five group matches due to fielding numerous ineligible players.[16]
  2. ^ The Malaysia v Saudi Arabia match, on 8 September 2015, was abandoned during the 87th minute after a group of supporters threw objects onto the pitch. At the time of the abandonment the score was 2–1 to Saudi Arabia. On 5 October 2015, FIFA decided that this match was forfeited by Malaysia and the result to be declared as a 3–0 win awarded for Saudi Arabia.[17][18]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup 5–1 3–0 7–0 5–0
2  Jordan 8 5 1 2 21 7 +14 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–0 0–0 3–0 8–0
3  Kyrgyzstan 8 4 2 2 10 8 +2 14 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0
4  Tajikistan 8 1 2 5 9 20 −11 5 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 1–3 0–1 5–0
5  Bangladesh 8 0 1 7 2 32 −30 1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1
Source: FIFA

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 2–0 4–0 15–0
2  China PR 8 5 2 1 27 1 +26 17 2–0 0–0 4–0 12–0
3  Hong Kong 8 4 2 2 13 5 +8 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–3 0–0 2–0 7–0
4  Maldives 8 2 0 6 8 20 −12 6 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–2
5  Bhutan 8 0 0 8 5 52 −47 0 0–3 0–6 0–1 3–4
Source: FIFA

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 8 6 2 0 26 3 +23 20 Third round and Asian Cup 2–0 3–1 6–0 4–0
2  Oman 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0
3  Turkmenistan 8 4 1 3 10 11 −1 13 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
4  Guam 8 2 1 5 3 16 −13 7 0–6 0–0 1–0 2–1
5  India 8 1 0 7 5 18 −13 3 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3[a] 1–2 1–2 1–0
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. ^ FIFA awarded Iran a 3–0 win as a result of India fielding the ineligible player Eugeneson Lyngdoh.[19] The match initially ended 3–0 to Iran.

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 8 7 1 0 27 0 +27 22 Third round and Asian Cup 5–0 0–0 5–0 3–0
2  Syria 8 6 0 2 26 11 +15 18 0–3 1–0 5–2 6–0
3  Singapore 8 3 1 4 9 9 0 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–1
4  Afghanistan 8 3 0 5 8 24 −16 9 0–6 0–6 2–1 3–0
5  Cambodia 8 0 0 8 1 27 −26 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–6 0–4 0–1
Source: FIFA

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Thailand 6 4 2 0 14 6 +8 14 Third round and Asian Cup 2–2 1–0 4–2
2  Iraq 6 3 3 0 13 6 +7 12 2–2 1–0 5–1
3  Vietnam 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–1 4–1
4  Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 5 19 −14 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–2 1–2
5  Indonesia (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension[a]
Source: FIFA
(D) Disqualified.
Notes:
  1. ^ On 30 May 2015, FIFA announced that the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) was suspended with immediate effect for governmental interference.[20] On 3 June 2015, the AFC confirmed that Indonesia have been excluded from the qualifying competition, and all matches involving them have been cancelled.[21]

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 8 8 0 0 27 0 +27 24 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 3–0[a] 4–0 8–0
2  Lebanon 8 3 2 3 12 6 +6 11 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 0–1 1–1 7–0
3  Kuwait[a] 8 3 1 4 12 10 +2 10 0–1 0–0 9–0 0–3[a]
4  Myanmar 8 2 2 4 9 21 −12 8 0–2 0–2 3–0[a] 3–1
5  Laos 8 1 1 6 6 29 −23 4 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–2
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d On 16 October 2015, the Kuwait FA was suspended by FIFA with immediate effect, after Kuwait had failed to comply with a decision from the FIFA Executive Committee that sports law of the country had to be changed before 15 October. The three remaining matches involving Kuwait (away v Myanmar, home v Laos, away v South Korea) were not played as originally scheduled, and were later awarded as 3–0 wins for Kuwait's opponents.

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uzbekistan 8 7 0 1 20 7 +13 21 Third round and Asian Cup 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
2  North Korea 8 5 1 2 14 8 +6 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–0
3  Philippines 8 3 1 4 8 12 −4 10 1–5 3–2 2–1 0–1
4  Bahrain 8 3 0 5 10 10 0 9 0–4 0–1 2–0 3–0
5  Yemen 8 1 0 7 2 17 −15 3 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 1–3 0–3[a] 0–2 0–4
Source: FIFA
Notes:
  1. ^ FIFA awarded North Korea a 3–0 win as a result of Yemen fielding the ineligible player Mudir Al-Radaei, after North Korea had defeated Yemen 1–0. Al-Radaei failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the First Round of the competition.[22]

Ranking of runner-up teams[edit]

To determine the four best runner-up teams, the following criteria are used:

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Fair play points
  5. Drawing of lots

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified due to FIFA suspension, Group F contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team were not counted when determining the ranking of the runner-up teams.[23]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F  Iraq 6 3 3 0 13 6 +7 12 Third round and Asian Cup
2 E  Syria 6 4 0 2 14 11 +3 12
3 A  United Arab Emirates 6 3 2 1 16 4 +12 11
4 C  China PR 6 3 2 1 9 1 +8 11
5 H  North Korea 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round
6 B  Jordan 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10
7 D  Oman 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8
8 G  Lebanon 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first to fourth in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Ranking of fourth-placed teams[edit]

To determine the four best fourth-placed teams, the following criteria were used:

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Fair play points
  5. Drawing of lots

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified due to FIFA suspension, Group F contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team are not counted when determining the ranking of the fourth-placed teams.[23]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D  Guam 6 1 1 4 1 14 −13 4 Asian Cup qualifying third round
2 G  Myanmar 6 1 1 4 4 18 −14 4
3 H  Bahrain 6 1 0 5 3 10 −7 3
4 E  Afghanistan 6 1 0 5 4 24 −20 3
5 B  Tajikistan 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round
6 F  Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 5 19 −14 0
7 C  Maldives 6 0 0 6 0 15 −15 0
8 A  Malaysia 6 0 0 6 1 29 −28 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Counting only matches against teams ranked first to fourth in the group, 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Fair play points; 5) Drawing of lots.

Play-off round[edit]

At an AFC Competition Committee meeting in November 2014, it was decided that two rounds of play-off matches would be introduced into the qualification procedure to determine the final eight teams for the main qualifying round.[4][24]

A total of eight slots for the third round were available from this round (five from round 1, three from round 2).[24] The three teams eliminated from this stage progressed to the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup.[12]

The draw for the play-off round was held on 7 April 2016, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[25]

Round 1[edit]

The lowest seeded team, Bhutan, received a bye, and the remaining ten teams were drawn into five pairs. Each pair played two home-and-away matches, with the winners qualifying for the third round.[24]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Chinese Taipei  2–4  Cambodia 2–2 0–2
Maldives  0–4  Yemen 0–2 0–2
Tajikistan  6–0  Bangladesh 5–0 1–0
Malaysia  6–0  Timor-Leste 3–0
(Forfeited)
[26]
3–0
(Forfeited)
[26]
Laos  1–7  India 0–1 1–6

Note: Timor-Leste were ordered by the AFC to forfeit both matches against Malaysia due to the use of falsified documents for their players.[26] Both matches originally ended as 3–0 wins to Malaysia.

Round 2[edit]

The five losers from round 1 joined Bhutan in this round. The six teams were drawn into three pairs. Each pair played two home-and-away matches, with the winners qualifying for the third round.[24]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maldives  5–1  Laos 4–0 1–1
Bangladesh  1–3  Bhutan 0–0 1–3
Timor-Leste  2–4  Chinese Taipei 1–2 1–2

Third round[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in the third round of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Since the 2019 hosts United Arab Emirates advanced to the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the automatic slot for the hosts was no longer necessary, and a total of 12 slots for the AFC Asian Cup were available from this round.

Due to the withdrawal of Guam and the suspension of Kuwait, the AFC decided to invite both Nepal and Macau, the top two teams of the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup, to re-enter 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification as replacements in order to maintain 24 teams in the third round of the competition.[27]

The draw for the third round was held on 23 January 2017, 16:00 GST, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[27] The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four.[28]

Groups[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  India 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13[a] 2019 AFC Asian Cup 1–0 2–2 4–1
2  Kyrgyzstan 6 4 1 1 14 8 +6 13[a] 2–1 5–1 1–0
3  Myanmar 6 2 2 2 10 10 0 8 0–1 2–2 1–0
4  Macau 6 0 0 6 4 16 −12 0 0–2 3–4 0–4
Source: AFC
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: India 1–0 Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan 2–1 India (India won on away goals).

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Lebanon 6 5 1 0 14 4 +10 16 2019 AFC Asian Cup 5–0 2–0 2–1
2  North Korea 6 3 2 1 13 10 +3 11 2–2 2–0 4–1
3  Hong Kong 6 1 2 3 4 7 −3 5 0–1 1–1 2–0
4  Malaysia 6 0 1 5 5 15 −10 1 1–2 1–4 1–1
Source: AFC

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jordan 6 3 3 0 16 5 +11 12 2019 AFC Asian Cup 1–1 4–1 7–0
2  Vietnam 6 2 4 0 9 3 +6 10 0–0 0–0 5–0
3  Afghanistan 6 1 3 2 7 10 −3 6 3–3 1–1 2–1
4  Cambodia 6 1 0 5 3 17 −14 3 0–1 1–2 1–0
Source: AFC

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Oman 6 5 0 1 28 5 +23 15[a] 2019 AFC Asian Cup 1–0 5–0 14–0
2  Palestine 6 5 0 1 25 3 +22 15[a] 2–1 8–1 10–0
3  Maldives 6 2 0 4 11 19 −8 6 1–3 0–3 7–0
4  Bhutan 6 0 0 6 2 39 −37 0 2–4 0–2 0–2
Source: AFC
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Palestine 2–1 Oman, Oman 1–0 Palestine (Oman won on away goals).

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bahrain 6 4 1 1 15 3 +12 13 2019 AFC Asian Cup 4–0 5–0 0–0
2  Turkmenistan 6 3 1 2 9 10 −1 10 1–2 2–1 2–1
3  Chinese Taipei 6 3 0 3 7 12 −5 9 2–1 1–3 1–0
4  Singapore 6 0 2 4 3 9 −6 2 0–3 1–1 1–2
Source: AFC

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Philippines 6 3 3 0 13 8 +5 12 2019 AFC Asian Cup 2–2 2–1 4–1
2  Yemen 6 2 4 0 7 5 +2 10 1–1 2–1 2–1
3  Tajikistan 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1 7 3–4 0–0 3–0
4    Nepal 6 0 2 4 3 11 −8 2 0–0 0–0 1–2
Source: AFC

Qualified teams[edit]

Qualification status
  Country qualified for Asian Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Country disqualified or withdrew

The following 24 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in AFC Asian Cup1
 United Arab Emirates Hosts 9 March 2015 9 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Saudi Arabia Second Round Group A winners 24 March 2016 9 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Australia Second Round Group B winners 29 March 2016 3 (2007, 2011, 2015)
 Qatar Second Round Group C winners 17 November 2015 9 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Iran Second Round Group D winners 29 March 2016 13 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Japan Second Round Group E winners 24 March 2016 8 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Thailand Second Round Group F winners 24 March 2016 6 (1972, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)
 South Korea Second Round Group G winners 13 January 2016 13 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Uzbekistan Second Round Group H winners 29 March 2016 6 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Iraq Second Round 1st best runners-up 29 March 2016 8 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Syria Second Round 2nd best runners-up 29 March 2016 5 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011)
 China PR Second Round 4th best runners-up 29 March 2016 11 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 India Third Round Group A winners 11 October 2017 3 (1964, 1984, 2011)
 Kyrgyzstan Third Round Group A runners-up 22 March 2018 0 (debut)
 Lebanon Third Round Group B winners 10 November 2017 1 (2000)
 North Korea Third Round Group B runners-up 27 March 2018 4 (1980, 1992, 2011, 2015)
 Jordan Third Round Group C winners 14 November 2017 3 (2004, 2011, 2015)
 Vietnam Third Round Group C runners-up 14 November 2017 3 (19562, 19602, 2007)
 Palestine Third Round Group D runners-up 10 October 2017 1 (2015)
 Oman Third Round Group D winners 10 October 2017 3 (2004, 2007, 2015)
 Bahrain Third Round Group E winners 14 November 2017 5 (1988, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015)
 Turkmenistan Third Round Group E runners-up 14 November 2017 1 (2004)
 Philippines Third Round Group F winners 27 March 2018 0 (debut)
 Yemen Third Round Group F runners-up 27 March 2018 0 (debut)

Notes:

1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

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


Source: the-afc.com

See also[edit]

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