| KUALA LUMPUR (18 June 2008) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have set 3 July as the date for the official draw of the AFC Asian Cup 2011 qualifiers.
The draw will be conducted at the Aspire Dome in Doha – the world’s largest indoor sports facility and where by the end of the process 20 teams would have been slotted into five groups of four each (5×4).
The top two teams from each of the five groups (2×5) will qualify for the Finals for which a direct bye has been reserved for AFC Asian Cup 2007 winners Iraq (1), runners-up Saudi Arabia (1) and third-place team Korea Republic (1), in addition to hosts Qatar (1).
The winners of the AFC Challenge Cups 2008 (1) and 2010 (1) also have two berths reserved for them in the final 16.
The final round of qualification was preceded by a two-legged solitary play-off which saw Lebanon defeat Maldives for a place in the draw.
The final qualification round seedings, based on the results of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 and its qualifiers, are led by Japan, who finished fourth in the last instalment, followed by Australia, Iran and Uzbekistan, all of whom qualified for the final round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last week.
The dates for the final qualification round will be announced shortly by AFC.
AFC Asian Cup 2011 – Official Draw
THE SEEDINGS AND POTS
Pot 1: 1. Japan; 2. Australia; 3. Iran, 4. Uzbekistan; 5. Vietnam
Pot 2: 6. China; 7. Thailand; 8. Indonesia; 9. UAE; 10. Bahrain
Pot 3: 11. Oman; 12. Malaysia; 13. Jordan; 14. Syria; 15. Hong Kong
Pot 4: 16. Yemen; 17. Kuwait; 18. Singapore; 19. India; 20. Lebanon
a) Seeds to be separated as follows:
b) Pots to be drawn as follows:
2. Second: POT 3
3. Third: POT 2
4. Fourth: POT 1