Uzbekistan drawn into Group B
Kuala Lumpur: Following Uzbekistan's inclusion into the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship Central Zone, a redraw was conducted at the AFC House on Tuesday to balance the zone into two groups.
Group A will now see the 2017 champions Islamic Republic of Iran paired off with Afghanistan and Turkmenistan while Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic make up Group B.
The Central Zone has three allocated slots, the group winners of A and B will qualify to the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship 2019 Finals and the play-off match between the runners-up of Groups A and B shall determine the third place team in the zone.
The ASEAN Zone has a total of five teams - Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, hence a draw was not required. They will play in a league format wherein the top three teams will qualify for the Finals.
For the East and West Zones, the Qualifiers will consist of two groups of three teams and they will play in a league format. The top two teams from each group in the East Zone will qualify to the Finals.
For the West Zone, there will be a playoff match between the second-placed teams from the two groups to determine the third-ranked team. The top team from each group and the winners of the playoff match will qualify for the Finals.
In the East Zone Group A, Japan will have Hong Kong and Macau for company while Group B has Mongolia, China PR and Chinese Taipei.
The West Zone Group A has Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, while Iraq, United Arab Emirates and Syria occupy Group B.
The East Zone qualifying campaign will be on December 1 to 3, 2018, the West Zone on December 7 to 10, 2018 while the ASEAN and Central Zones will play from December 1 to 5, 2018.
Watch the redraw ceremony below.