AFC U-23 CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 HOPEFULS LEARN THEIR OPPONENTS
uala Lumpur: Forty AFC U-23 Championship China 2018 hopefuls discovered their qualifying opponents during the stage's official draw at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.
The ten group winners and five best second-placed teams among all the groups will advance to the finals. The qualifiers will take place from July 19 to 23, 2017 in the respective host countries which are Kyrgyz Republic, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Myanmar, DPR Korea, Thailand and China PR.
Although directly qualified as the finals host, China PR have expressed interest to participate in the qualifying stage. Therefore, if China PR finish top of their group or finish among the five best second-placed teams, the next (sixth) second-placed team will qualify to the final stage of the competition in January, 2018.
WEST Zone (West + South + Central)
Group A A1. ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN A2. OMAN A3. KYRGYZ REPUBLIC (host) A4. SRI LANKA
Group B B1. IRAQ B2. SAUDI ARABIA (host) B3. BAHRAIN B4. AFGHANISTAN
Group C C1. QATAR (host) C2. SYRIA C3. INDIA C4. TURKMENISTAN
Group D D1. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (host) D2. UZBEKISTAN D3. LEBANON D4. NEPAL
Group E E1. JORDAN E2. TAJIKISTAN E3. PALESTINE (host) E4. BANGLADESH
EAST Zone (East + ASEAN)
Group F F1. AUSTRALIA F2. MYANMAR (host) F3. SINGAPORE F4. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Group G G1. DPR KOREA (host) G2. LAOS G3. CHINESE TAIPEI G4. HONG KONG
Group H H1. THAILAND (host) H2. INDONESIA H3. MALAYSIA H4. MONGOLIA
Group I I1. KOREA REPUBLIC I2. VIETNAM (host) I3. TIMOR-LESTE I4. MACAU
Group J J1. JAPAN J2. CHINA PR (host) J3. CAMBODIA J4. PHILIPPINES