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Bangkok: Twenty-one AFC Futsal U-20 Championship Thailand 2017 hopefuls learned their opponents on Thursday when the official draw for the inaugural competition took place in the capital of Thailand.

The 21 teams were drawn into one group of six teams and three groups of five teams.

Football Association of Thailand Vice President Thanasak Suraprasert welcomed the audience and said "We are delighted and honoured to be hosts of this new competition, and we welcome the new competition at U-20 level as an important step to support the development of futsal in Thailand."

The tournament will take place in the Thai capital from May 16 to 26, 2017 at the Bangkok Arena and the Huamark Indoor Stadium.

The group winners and runners-up from each group, eight teams in total, will qualify for the knockout stage (quarter-finals).

The four winners of the quarter-finals will qualify to the semi-finals, and subsequently the winners of the semi-finals will advance to the final, while the two losing teams will play in the third place Play-off match.

Group A
A1 Thailand (hosts)
A2 Iraq
A3 Malaysia
A4 Brunei Darussalam
A5 Bahrain
A6 Afghanistan

Group B
B1 Vietnam
B2 Japan
B3 Chinese Taipei
B4 Tajikistan
B5 Indonesia

Group C
C1 Uzbekistan
C2 Qatar
C3 Lebanon
C4 Myanmar
C5 Hong Kong

Group D
D1 Islamic Republic of Iran
D2 Kyrgyz Republic
D3 China PR
D4 Mongolia
D5 United Arab Emirates


Matchday One
May 16, 2017, Tuesday

Bangkok Arena
Lebanon v Qatar

Kick-off: 1100hrs

Hong Kong v Myanmar
Kick-off: 1300hrs

Iraq v Bahrain
Kick-off: 1500hrs

Brunei v Afghanistan
Kick-off: 1700hrs

Malaysia v Thailand
Kick-off: 1900hrs

Huamark Indoor Stadium
China v Kyrgyz Republic

Kick-off: 1100hrs

UAE v Mongolia
Kick-off: 1300hrs

Chinese Taipei v Japan
Kick-off: 1500hrs

Indonesia v Tajikistan
Kick-off: 1700hrs

Photo: AFC

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