DILI (14 Feb 2012) – The official draw for the AFC Under-22 Asian Cup qualifiers was made this afternoon at the AFC House with the 41 Member Associations being divided into seven groups.
There are only 15 available spots for the final competition to be played in 2013. The qualifiers will take place from 23 June to 3 July 3, 2012 in seven centralised venues, which will be announced later.
They will play one-round league format and the top two teams will qualify for the tournament proper along with the best third-placed team in all the groups. The hosts of the Finals will get a direct berth.
AFC U22 QUALIFYING GROUPS
Group A: UAE, Iraq, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Lebanon
Group B: Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka
Group C: Bahrain, Iran, Tajikistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Maldives
Group D: Uzbekistan, Jordan, Yemen, Bangladesh, Nepal
Group E: Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau, Timor Leste
Group F: DPR Korea, China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia
Group G: Korea Republic, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Philippines