World Cup Qualifying
FIFA Region
AFC
Season
2026
Location
Asia/Australia
Abbreviation
AFC

Summary

6 June 2019, all 46 FIFA affiliated national teams from AFC (Asian Football Confederation) started qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Seedings (2023 AFC Seedings table) for the first 2 qualification rounds were based on FIFA World Rankings (July 2023).

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2023 AFC Seedings
CountryFIFA
Rank
afc
Rank
Japan201
Iran212
Australia273
Korea Republic284
Saudi Arabia545
Qatar596
Iraq707
United Arab Emirates728
Oman739
Uzbekistan7410
China PR8011
Jordan8212
Bahrain8613
Syria9414
Vietnam9515
Palestine9616
Kyrgyzstan9717
India9918
Lebanon10019
Tajikistan11020
Thailand11321
Korea DPR11522
Philippines13523
Malaysia13624
Kuwait13725
Turkmenistan13826
Hong Kong14927
Indonesia15028
Chinese Taipei15329
Maldives15530
Yemen15631
Afghanistan15732
Singapore15833
Myanmar16034
Nepal17535
Cambodia17636
Macau18237
Mongolia18338
Bhutan18539
Laos18740
Bangladesh18941
Brunei19042
Timor-Leste19243
Pakistan20144
Guam20345
Sri Lanka20446

Competition Structure

Stage# TeamsNew Teams Entering This RoundTeams From Previous RoundFormat
1st Round20national teams ranked 27-46 in AFC 10 sets of Home/Away matches, highest aggregate goals advances
2nd Round36national teams ranked 1-26 in AFC10 winners from 1st Round9 groups of 4 with Home/Away matches against each team in group, each group winner (win = 3 pts, draw = 1 pt) and 2nd place team advance to the 3rd Round
3rd Round24 9 group winners, six 2nd place teams, and 6 best 3rd place teams from 2nd Round3 groups of 6 with Home/Away matches against each team in group, 1st and 2nd place team in each group (win = 3 pts, draw = 1 pt) qualifies for 2026 World Cup, 3rd and 4th place teams in each group advance to the 4th Round
4th Round6 3rd and 4th place teams from each 3rd Round group2 groups of 3 with Home/Away matches against each team in group, 1st place team in each group (win = 3 pts, draw = 1 pt) qualifies for 2026 World Cup, 2nd place teams in each group advance to the 5th Round
5th Round22nd place teams from each 4th Round group Home/Away matches, highest aggregate goals advances to the FIFA Inter-Confederation Playoff

2nd Round

 Group ALeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Qatar 65 -1-016-1831533 -0-091321132 -1-07514
2Kuwait 62 -1-37-66031 -0-2323-131 -1-14431
3India 61 -2-35-37-430 -1-2115-431 -1-14220
4Afghanistan 61 -2-35-314-1130 -2-1204-431 -0-23310-7
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Qatar 81 AfghanistanKhalifa International Stadium
 Kuwait 01 IndiaJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
21.11.23India 03 QatarKalinga Stadium
 Afghanistan 04 KuwaitAbdullah Al Dabil Stadium
21.03.24Qatar 30 KuwaitJassim Bin Hamad Stadium
 Afghanistan 00 IndiaDhamak Club Stadium
26.03.24India 12 AfghanistanIndira Gandhi Athletic Stadium (Guwahati)
 Kuwait 12 QatarSabah Al Salem Stadium
06.06.24India 00 KuwaitSalt Lake Stadium
 Afghanistan 00 QatarPrince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium
11.06.24Qatar 21 IndiaJassim Bin Hamad Stadium
 Kuwait 10 AfghanistanAli Sabah Al-Salem Stadium
 Group BLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Japan 66 -0-018-2402433 -0-091101133 -0-0913013
2Korea DPR 63 -0-39-117432 -0-1654131 -0-23633
3Syria 62 -1-37-912-332 -0-1685330 -1-2117-6
4Myanmar 60 -1-51-328-2530 -1-21212-1030 -0-30116-15
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Japan 50 MyanmarPanasonic Stadium Suita
 Syria 10 Korea DPRPrince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
21.11.23Myanmar 16 Korea DPRThuwanna YTC Stadium
 Syria 05 JapanPrince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
21.03.24Japan 10 Korea DPRJapan National Stadium
 Myanmar 11 SyriaThuwanna YTC Stadium
26.03.24Korea DPR 03 JapanKimm Il-Sung Stadium
 Japan wins 3-0 by walkover 
 Syria 70 MyanmarPrince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
06.06.24Myanmar 05 JapanThuwanna YTC Stadium
 Korea DPR 10 SyriaNational Stadium KM16
11.06.24Japan 50 SyriaEdion Peace Wing Hiroshima
 Korea DPR 41 MyanmarNational Stadium KM16
 Group CLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Korea Republic 65 -1-016-2011932 -1-0771633 -0-0913013
2Thailand 62 -2-28-99031 -0-2346-231 -2-05532
3China PR 62 -2-28-99031 -1-1455031 -1-14440
4Singapore 60 -1-51-524-1930 -1-21312-930 -0-30212-10
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Korea Republic 50 SingaporeSangam Stadium
 Thailand 12 China PRRajamangala National Stadium
21.11.23China PR 03 Korea RepublicShenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Stadium
 Singapore 13 ThailandNational Stadium (Singapore)
21.03.24Korea Republic 11 ThailandSangam Stadium
 Singapore 22 China PRNational Stadium (Singapore)
26.03.24China PR 41 SingaporeTianjin Olympic Center Stadium
 Thailand 03 Korea RepublicRajamangala National Stadium
06.06.24China PR 11 ThailandShenyang Olympic Sports Centre Stadium
 Singapore 07 Korea RepublicNational Stadium (Singapore)
11.06.24Korea Republic 10 China PRSangam Stadium
 Thailand 31 SingaporeRajamangala National Stadium
 Group DLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Oman 64 -1-113-112932 -1-0761532 -0-16514
2Kyrgyz Republic 63 -2-111-137632 -1-0772531 -1-14651
3Malaysia 63 -1-210-99032 -0-1676131 -1-1423-1
4Chinese Taipei 60 -0-60-217-1530 -0-3006-630 -0-30211-9
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Malaysia 43 Kyrgyz RepublicBukit Jalil National Stadium
 Oman 30 Chinese TaipeiSultan Qaboos Sports Complex
21.11.23Chinese Taipei 01 MalaysiaTaipei Municipal Stadium
 Kyrgyz Republic 10 OmanDolen Omurzakov Stadium
21.03.24Chinese Taipei 02 Kyrgyz RepublicNanzih Football Stadium
 Oman 20 MalaysiaSultan Qaboos Sports Complex
26.03.24Malaysia 02 OmanBukit Jalil National Stadium
 Kyrgyz Republic 51 Chinese TaipeiDolen Omurzakov Stadium
06.06.24Chinese Taipei 03 OmanTaipei Municipal Stadium
 Kyrgyz Republic 11 MalaysiaDolen Omurzakov Stadium
11.06.24Malaysia 31 Chinese TaipeiBukit Jalil National Stadium
 Oman 11 Kyrgyz RepublicSultan Qaboos Sports Complex
 Group ELeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Iran 64 -2-014-1641232 -1-0790932 -1-07743
2Uzbekistan 64 -2-014-134932 -1-0783532 -1-07514
3Turkmenistan 60 -2-42-414-1030 -1-2114-330 -1-21310-7
4Hong Kong 60 -2-42-415-1130 -1-2148-430 -1-2107-7
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Turkmenistan 13 UzbekistanAshgabat Stadium
 Iran 40 Hong KongAzadi Stadium
21.11.23Hong Kong 22 TurkmenistanHong Kong Stadium
 Uzbekistan 22 IranMilliy Stadion
21.03.24Hong Kong 02 UzbekistanMong Kok Stadium
 Iran 50 TurkmenistanAzadi Stadium
26.03.24Uzbekistan 30 Hong KongMilliy Stadion
 Turkmenistan 01 IranAshgabat Stadium
06.06.24Hong Kong 24 IranHong Kong Stadium
 Uzbekistan 31 TurkmenistanMilliy Stadion
11.06.24Turkmenistan 00 Hong KongAshgabat Stadium
 Iran 00 UzbekistanAzadi Stadium
 Group FLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Iraq 66 -0-018-1721533 -0-0992733 -0-09808
2Indonesia 63 -1-210-88032 -0-1632131 -1-1456-1
3Vietnam 62 -0-46-610-431 -0-2336-331 -0-2334-1
4Philippines 60 -1-51-314-1130 -1-2118-730 -0-3026-4
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Philippines 02 VietnamRizal Memorial Track & Football Stadium
 Iraq 51 IndonesiaBasra Sports City Stadium
21.11.23Philippines 11 IndonesiaRizal Memorial Track & Football Stadium
 Vietnam 01 IraqMy Dinh National Stadium
21.03.24Indonesia 10 VietnamGelora Bung Karno Stadium
 Iraq 10 PhilippinesBasra Sports City Stadium
26.03.24Philippines 05 IraqRizal Memorial Track & Football Stadium
 Vietnam 03 IndonesiaMy Dinh National Stadium
06.06.24Indonesia 02 IraqGelora Bung Karno Stadium
 Vietnam 32 PhilippinesMy Dinh National Stadium
11.06.24Indonesia 20 PhilippinesGelora Bung Karno Stadium
 Iraq 31 VietnamBasra Sports City Stadium
 Group GLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Jordan 64 -1-113-1641232 -0-16102832 -1-07624
2Saudi Arabia 64 -1-113-123932 -0-1662432 -1-07615
3Tajikistan 62 -2-28-117431 -2-0552331 -0-23651
4Pakistan 60 -0-60-126-2530 -0-30112-1130 -0-30014-14
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Tajikistan 11 JordanPamir Stadium
 Saudi Arabia 40 PakistanAbdullah Al Dabil Stadium
21.11.23Pakistan 16 TajikistanJinnah Sports Stadium
 Jordan 02 Saudi ArabiaAmman International Stadium
21.03.24Pakistan 03 JordanJinnah Sports Stadium
 Saudi Arabia 10 TajikistanAl Awal Park at King Saud University
26.03.24Tajikistan 11 Saudi ArabiaPamir Stadium
 Jordan 70 PakistanAmman International Stadium
06.06.24Pakistan 03 Saudi ArabiaJinnah Sports Stadium
 Jordan 30 TajikistanAmman International Stadium
11.06.24Tajikistan 30 PakistanRepublican Central Stadium
 Saudi Arabia 12 JordanAl Awal Park at King Saud University
 Group HLeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1United Arab Emirates 65 -1-016-1621432 -1-0772533 -0-09909
2Bahrain 63 -2-111-113831 -1-1432132 -1-07817
3Yemen 61 -2-35-59-430 -1-2127-531 -1-14321
4Nepal 60 -1-51-220-1830 -0-30011-1130 -1-2129-7
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23United Arab Emirates 40 NepalAl-Maktoum Stadium
 Yemen 02 BahrainPrince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium
21.11.23Nepal 02 YemenDasarath Rangasala Stadium
 Bahrain 02 United Arab EmiratesBahrain National Stadium
21.03.24United Arab Emirates 21 YemenAl-Nahyan Stadium
 Nepal 05 BahrainBahrain National Stadium
26.03.24Bahrain 30 NepalBahrain National Stadium
 Yemen 03 United Arab EmiratesPrince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium
06.06.24Nepal 04 United Arab EmiratesPrince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
 Bahrain 00 YemenBahrain National Stadium
11.06.24United Arab Emirates 11 BahrainZa'abeel Stadium
 Yemen 22 NepalPrince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium
 Group ILeagueHomeRoad
POSMPW - D - LPTSCPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGDMPW - D - LPTSGFGAGD
1Australia 66 -0-018-2202233 -0-091401433 -0-09808
2Palestine 62 -2-28-66031 -1-1451431 -1-1415-4
3Lebanon 61 -3-26-58-331 -1-1445-130 -2-1213-2
4Bangladesh 60 -1-51-120-1930 -1-2114-330 -0-30016-16
3rd Round, 2027 ASIACUP
2027 ASIACUP 3rd Qual
DateHome Status RoadVenue
16.11.23Australia 70 BangladeshAAMI Park
 Lebanon 00 PalestineKhalid Bin Mohammed Stadium
21.11.23Bangladesh 11 LebanonBashundhara Kings Arena
 Palestine 01 AustraliaJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
21.03.24Australia 20 LebanonCommBank Stadium
 Palestine 50 BangladeshJaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium
26.03.24Lebanon 05 AustraliaGIO Stadium Canberra
 Bangladesh 01 PalestineBashundhara Kings Arena
06.06.24Bangladesh 02 AustraliaBashundhara Kings Arena
 Palestine 00 LebanonJassim Bin Hamad Stadium
11.06.24Australia 50 PalestineHBF Park
 Lebanon 40 BangladeshKhalifa International Stadium

1st Round

DateHome Status RoadVenue
AggregateMyanmar  51 Macau  
12.10.23Myanmar 51 MacauThuwanna YTC Stadium
17.10.23Macau 00 MyanmarMacau Olympic Complex Stadium
AggregateMaldives  23 Bangladesh  
12.10.23Maldives 11 BangladeshNational Football Stadium (MDV)
17.10.23Bangladesh 21 MaldivesBashundhara Kings Arena
AggregateChinese Taipei  70 Timor-Leste  
12.10.23Chinese Taipei 40 Timor-LesteKaohsiung National Stadium
17.10.23Timor-Leste 03 Chinese TaipeiKaohsiung National Stadium
AggregateSingapore  31 Guam  
12.10.23Singapore 21 GuamNational Stadium (Singapore)
17.10.23Guam 01 SingaporeGFA Center Lower Field
AggregateNepal  21 Laos  
12.10.23Nepal 11 LaosDasarath Rangasala Stadium
17.10.23Laos 01 NepalNational Stadium KM16
AggregateCambodia  01 Pakistan  
12.10.23Cambodia 00 PakistanStade Olympique de Phnom Penh
17.10.23Pakistan 10 CambodiaJinnah Sports Stadium
AggregateIndonesia  120 Brunei  
12.10.23Indonesia 60 BruneiGelora Sriwijaya Stadium
17.10.23Brunei 06 IndonesiaHassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
AggregateHong Kong  42 Bhutan  
12.10.23Hong Kong 40 BhutanHong Kong Stadium
17.10.23Bhutan 20 Hong KongChanglimithang Stadium
AggregateAfghanistan  20 Mongolia  
12.10.23Afghanistan 10 MongoliaPamir Stadium
17.10.23Mongolia 01 AfghanistanMFF Football Centre
AggregateYemen  41 Sri Lanka  
12.10.23Yemen 30 Sri LankaColombo Racecourse Stadium
17.10.23Sri Lanka 11 YemenColombo Racecourse Stadium