2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
Tournament details
Dates6 June 2019 – 16 November 2021
Teams46 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played43
Goals scored118 (2.74 per match)
Attendance560,654 (13,038 per match)
Top scorer(s)Malaysia Shahrel Fikri (4 goals)
2018
2026
All statistics correct as of 10 September 2019.

The Asian section of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Qatar, for national teams which are members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Apart from Qatar, who qualified automatically as hosts, a total of 4.5 slots (4 direct slots and 1 inter-confederation play-off slot) in the final tournament are available for AFC teams.[1]

The qualification process involves four rounds, where the first two double as the qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Format[edit]

The qualification structure is as follows:[2]

  • First round: 12 teams (ranked 35–46) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 40 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 advance to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup finals. If Qatar finish as group winners or one of the best four runners-up, the fifth-best runners-up will take their place in the third round.[3]
  • Third round: 12 teams which will have advanced from the second round will be divided into two groups of six teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the World Cup, and the third-placed teams will advance to the fourth round.
  • Fourth round: The two third-placed teams from the third round will play home and away over two legs. The winner will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Entrants[edit]

The 46 FIFA-affiliated nations from the AFC entered qualification, with the FIFA World Rankings of April 2019 were used to determine which nations would compete in the first round. For seeding in the second round and third round draws, the most recent FIFA Rankings prior to those draws will be used.

Due to the joint format of the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, both Qatar (as the host nation of the 2022 World Cup) and China (as the host nation of the 2023 Asian Cup) will also enter the second round of Asian Cup qualifiers.[4]

The following restrictions will be applied:

  • Timor-Leste was banned from participating in the Asian Cup qualification after being found to have fielded a total of 12 ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches among other competitions.[5] However, as FIFA did not ban them from the World Cup qualifiers, Timor-Leste was allowed to enter the competition, but was ineligible to qualify for the Asian Cup.[6]
From the April 2019 FIFA World Rankings[7]
Bye to the second round
(Ranked 1st to 34th)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 35th to 46th)
  1.  Iran (21)
  2.  Japan (26)
  3.  South Korea (37)
  4.  Australia (41)
  5.  Qatar (55)
  6.  United Arab Emirates (67)
  7.  Saudi Arabia (72)
  8.  China PR (74)
  9.  Iraq (76)
  10.  Syria (83)
  11.  Uzbekistan (85)
  12.  Lebanon (86)
  13.  Oman (86)
  14.  Kyrgyzstan (95)
  15.  Jordan (97)
  16.  Vietnam (98)
  17.  Palestine (99)
  18.  India (101)
  19.  Bahrain (111)
  20.  Thailand (114)
  21.  Tajikistan (120)
  22.  North Korea (121)
  23.  Philippines (124)
  24.  Chinese Taipei (125)
  25.  Turkmenistan (136)
  26.  Myanmar (140)
  27.  Hong Kong (141)
  28.  Yemen (146)
  29.  Afghanistan (149)
  30.  Maldives (151)
  31.  Kuwait (156)
  32.  Indonesia (159)
  33.  Singapore (160)
  34.    Nepal (161)
  1.  Malaysia (168)
  2.  Cambodia (173)
  3.  Macau (183)
  4.  Laos (184)
  5.  Bhutan (186)
  6.  Mongolia (187)
  7.  Bangladesh (188)
  8.  Guam (193)
  9.  Brunei (194)
  10.  Timor-Leste (195)
  11.  Pakistan (200)
  12.  Sri Lanka (202)

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is expected to be as follows.[8][9][10]

Round Matchday Date
First round First leg 6 June 2019
Second leg 11 June 2019
Second round Matchday 1 5 September 2019
Matchday 2 10 September 2019
Matchday 3 10 October 2019
Matchday 4 15 October 2019
Matchday 5 14 November 2019
Matchday 6 19 November 2019
Matchday 7 26 March 2020
Matchday 8 31 March 2020
Matchday 9 4 June 2020
Matchday 10 9 June 2020
Round Matchday Date
Third round Matchday 1 3 September 2020
Matchday 2 8 September 2020
Matchday 3 13 October 2020
Matchday 4 12 November 2020
Matchday 5 17 November 2020
Matchday 6 25 March 2021
Matchday 7 30 March 2021
Matchday 8 8 June 2021
Matchday 9 7 September 2021
Matchday 10 12 October 2021
Fourth round First leg 11 November 2021
Second leg 16 November 2021

First round[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mongolia  3–2  Brunei 2–0 1–2
Macau  1–3[note 1]  Sri Lanka 1–0 0–3 (awd.)
Laos  0–1  Bangladesh 0–1 0–0
Malaysia  12–2  Timor-Leste 7–1 5–1
Cambodia  4–1  Pakistan 2–0 2–1
Bhutan  1–5  Guam 1–0 0–5

Second round[edit]

The draw for the second round was held on 17 July 2019 at 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[14]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of June 2019 (shown in parentheses below).[15]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
  1.  Iran (20)
  2.  Japan (28)
  3.  South Korea (37)
  4.  Australia (43)
  5.  Qatar (55)
  6.  United Arab Emirates (67)
  7.  Saudi Arabia (69)
  8.  China PR (73)
  1.  Iraq (77)
  2.  Uzbekistan (82)
  3.  Syria (85)
  4.  Oman (86)
  5.  Lebanon (86)
  6.  Kyrgyzstan (95)
  7.  Vietnam (96)
  8.  Jordan (98)
  1.  Palestine (100)
  2.  India (101)
  3.  Bahrain (110)
  4.  Thailand (116)
  5.  Tajikistan (120)
  6.  North Korea (122)
  7.  Chinese Taipei (125)
  8.  Philippines (126)
Pot 4 Pot 5
  1.  Turkmenistan (135)
  2.  Myanmar (138)
  3.  Hong Kong (141)
  4.  Yemen (144)
  5.  Afghanistan (149)
  6.  Maldives (151)
  7.  Kuwait (156)
  8.  Malaysia (159)
  1.  Indonesia (160)
  2.  Singapore (162)
  3.    Nepal (165)
  4.  Cambodia (169)
  5.  Bangladesh (183)
  6.  Mongolia (187)
  7.  Guam (190)
  8.  Sri Lanka (201)

Groups[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification China Syria Philippines Maldives Guam
1  China PR 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3 Third round and Asian Cup 9 Jun '20 4 Jun '20 26 Mar '20 10 Oct
2  Syria 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 14 Nov 19 Nov 10 Oct 15 Oct
3  Philippines 2 1 0 1 6 6 0 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round 15 Oct 2–5 9 Jun '20 26 Mar '20
4  Maldives 2 1 0 1 1 5 −4 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 0–5 31 Mar '20 14 Nov 19 Nov
5  Guam 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 31 Mar '20 4 Jun '20 1–4 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Kuwait Australia Jordan Nepal Chinese Taipei
1  Kuwait 2 1 0 1 7 3 +4 3 Third round and Asian Cup 0–3 31 Mar '20 7–0 14 Nov
2  Australia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 26 Mar '20 9 Jun '20 10 Oct 4 Jun '20
3  Jordan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round 10 Oct 14 Nov 15 Oct 19 Nov
4    Nepal 2 1 0 1 2 7 −5 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 19 Nov 31 Mar '20 4 Jun '20 26 Mar '20
5  Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 9 Jun '20 15 Oct 1–2 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Bahrain Iran Iraq Cambodia Hong Kong
1  Bahrain 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 Third round and Asian Cup 15 Oct 1–1 26 Mar '20 9 Jun '20
2  Iran 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 4 Jun '20 9 Jun '20 10 Oct 26 Mar '20
3  Iraq 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 Asian Cup qualifying third round 19 Nov 14 Nov 4 Jun '20 10 Oct
4  Cambodia 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 0–1 31 Mar '20 15 Oct 1–1
5  Hong Kong 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 14 Nov 0–2 31 Mar '20 19 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Singapore State of Palestine Yemen Saudi Arabia Uzbekistan
1  Singapore 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 2–2 31 Mar '20 15 Oct
2  Palestine 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 26 Mar '20 9 Jun '20 15 Oct 2–0
3  Yemen 2 0 2 0 4 4 0 2 Asian Cup qualifying third round 19 Nov 14 Nov 2–2 31 Mar '20
4  Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 10 Oct 4 Jun '20 26 Mar '20 9 Jun '20
5  Uzbekistan 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 4 Jun '20 19 Nov 10 Oct 14 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Qatar Oman Afghanistan India Bangladesh
1  Qatar 2 1 1 0 6 0 +6 4 Third round and Asian Cup 15 Oct 6–0 0–0 31 Mar '20
2  Oman 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 4 Jun '20 10 Oct 19 Nov 14 Nov
3  Afghanistan 2 1 0 1 1 6 −5 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round 19 Nov 31 Mar '20 14 Nov 1–0
4  India 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 26 Mar '20 1–2 9 Jun '20 15 Oct
5  Bangladesh 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 10 Oct 9 Jun '20 26 Mar '20 4 Jun '20
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. Should Qatar win this group or be among the four best runners-up, they will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round only and the fifth best runners-up will take Qatar's place in the third round, also advancing to the Asian Cup.[16]
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Tajikistan Japan Mongolia Kyrgyzstan Myanmar
1  Tajikistan 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 Third round and Asian Cup 15 Oct 26 Mar '20 1–0 9 Jun '20
2  Japan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 4 Jun '20 10 Oct 9 Jun '20 26 Mar '20
3  Mongolia 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–1 31 Mar '20 15 Oct 1–0
4  Kyrgyzstan 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 19 Nov 14 Nov 4 Jun '20 10 Oct
5  Myanmar 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 14 Nov 0–2 19 Nov 31 Mar '20
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Thailand United Arab Emirates Malaysia Vietnam Indonesia
1  Thailand 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 Third round and Asian Cup 15 Oct 9 Jun '20 0–0 26 Mar '20
2  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 4 Jun '20 26 Mar '20 9 Jun '20 10 Oct
3  Malaysia 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round 14 Nov 1–2 31 Mar '20 19 Nov
4  Vietnam 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 19 Nov 14 Nov 10 Oct 4 Jun '20
5  Indonesia 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 31 Mar '20 2–3 15 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification North Korea South Korea Turkmenistan Lebanon Sri Lanka
1  North Korea 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6 Third round and Asian Cup 15 Oct 9 Jun '20 2–0 26 Mar '20
2  South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a] 4 Jun '20 26 Mar '20 9 Jun '20 10 Oct
3  Turkmenistan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round 14 Nov 0–2 31 Mar '20 19 Nov
4  Lebanon 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0 Asian Cup qualifying third round or play-off round[b] 19 Nov 14 Nov 10 Oct 4 Jun '20
5  Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2 0 3 −3 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–1 31 Mar '20 0–2 15 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round and Asian Cup. The remaining four runners-up will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round
  2. ^ The four best fourth-placed teams across all groups will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The remaining four fourth-placed teams will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying play-off round.

Ranking of runner-up teams[edit]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A  Syria 1 1 0 0 5 2 +3 3 Third round and Asian Cup
2 B  Australia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
3 C  Iran 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
4 F  Japan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
5 H  South Korea 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3 Third round and Asian Cup or Asian Cup qualifying third round[a]
6 D  Palestine 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3 Asian Cup qualifying third round
7 E  Oman 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
8 G  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Updated to match(es) played on 10 September 2019. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Should Qatar win Group E or be among the four best runners-up, they will advance to the Asian Cup qualifying third round. The fifth best runner-up will take Qatar's place in the FIFA World Cup qualification third round, also advancing to the Asian Cup.[16]

Third round[edit]

The third round consists of two groups of six teams. The first two teams in each group will qualify for the World Cup. The two third-placed teams proceeded to the fourth round.

Fourth round[edit]

The two third-placed teams in each group from the third round will play against each other home-and-away over two legs to determine which team advances to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Inter-confederation play-offs[edit]

The inter-confederation play-offs format is expected to be announced at a later date. Matches are scheduled to be played in March 2022.[17]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA World Cup1
 Qatar Hosts 2 December 2010 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

There have been 118 goals scored in 43 matches, for an average of 2.74 goals per match (as of 10 September 2019). Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Macau did not send their team for the second leg due to safety reasons following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings.[11] The AFC referred the matter to FIFA,[12] and FIFA announced on 27 June 2019 that the match was declared a 3–0 forfeit victory to Sri Lanka, and consequently qualifying Sri Lanka to the second round.[13]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Groups finalised for Qatar 2022 & China 2023 race". The-AFC.com. AFC. 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ Palmer, Dan (31 July 2017). "Hosts Qatar to compete in qualifying for 2022 World Cup". insidethegames.biz.
  5. ^ "Federação Futebol Timor-Leste expelled from AFC Asian Cup 2023". AFC. 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Road to Qatar 2022: Asian teams discover Round 1 opponents". Asian Football Confederation. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  7. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – April 2019 (AFC)". FIFA.com. 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2019" (PDF). AFC. 21 March 2019.
  9. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2020" (PDF). AFC. 15 May 2019.
  10. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2021" (PDF). AFC. 21 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Football - Macau not sending team to Sri Lanka due to security concerns". Reuters. 8 June 2019.
  12. ^ "AFC Statement". AFC. 10 June 2019.
  13. ^ "FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions Macau Football Association". FIFA.com. 27 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Asian Qualifiers draw to provide pathway to Qatar and China". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 17 June 2019.
  15. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – June 2019 (AFC)". FIFA.com. 14 June 2019.
  16. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference afc was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  17. ^ "INTERNATIONAL MATCH CALENDAR 2018–2024" (PDF). FIFA. April 2019.

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