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AFC 2022 World Cup qualifiers: Which national teams made Qatar?

By Andrew Francis

AFC 2022 World Cup qualifiers- Which national teams made Qatar?

Published: 8:30, 1 April 2022

The World Cup draw takes place on April 1st, and four AFC nations head into the pots, with the potential of one more joining them.

In the next instalment of this series, we’ll look at who can qualified for the competition from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).


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What’s happened so far?

Qualification from AFC started in June 2019 with 12 nations entering the first round. The first round saw 6 two-legged ties, with the winners of each advancing to the second round, where they were joined by the 34 highest ranking nations from Asia.

The second round saw those 40 split into eight groups of five, with the winner of each group automatically advancing to the third round. Qatar, who won Group E,  have already qualified for the World Cup as hosts, so only seven of the group winners moved on to the third round. They were joined by the five best runners-up to complete the 12 teams squabbling over four automatic World Cup berths.

How do things look now?

The third round saw the nations split into two groups of six. At this stage of qualifying, each nation must play their group rivals twice in a traditional round robin league format.

The nations that finish in first and second automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the two nations that finish in third will play each other. The winner of that tie will contest an inter-confederation match against the nation that finishes fifth in the Conmebol region.

Here’s how the final standings look:

Group A
Position Nation Played Points
1 Iran 10 25
2 South Korea 10 23
3 United Arab Emirates 10 12
4 Iraq 10 9
5 Syria 10 6
6 Lebanon 10 6

 

Group B
Position Nation Played Points
1 Saudi Arabia 10 23
2 Japan 10 22
3 Australia 10 15
4 Oman 10 14
5 China PR 10 6
6 Vietnam 10 3

 


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What could happen next?

Automatic qualification has been decided in both groups, with South Korea, Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia all securing their place at the World Cup.

United Arab Emirates and Australia now meet in the fourth round, a one-legged match scheduled to be played on June 7, 2022.

Whoever wins that will advance to the inter-confederation playoff later in June, where Peru awaits the winner.

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