Four slots available to hopefuls
Kuala Lumpur: Teams from across Asia will take their first step in qualifying for the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 Finals, as the official draw for the Qualifiers takes place at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Wednesday.
Catch the livestream of the draw live at 4pm (local time):
The top three teams of the 2017 edition, Japan, DPR Korea and China PR receive direct qualification to the Finals next year, while the remaining 27 teams will go through two rounds of qualification.
Round 1 of the Qualifiers will divide the 27 teams into three groups of five teams and three groups of four teams, with the six group winners and two best second placed teams advancing to Round 2.
The host of the Finals - to be determined at a later stage - will receive direct qualification into the Finals as well.
However, as confirmed during the bidding process, the host will also participate in the Qualifiers for technical reasons, but shall not qualify into Round 2 of the Qualifiers.
In the case of the Host finishing as winners of the group, the runners-up team of the same group shall proceed, and if the Host finishes as one of the two best runners-up teams in the overall ranking of Round 1, the third best runners-up team shall qualify to Round 2 instead.
Each group will play a one-round league in a centralised venue.
Kyrgyz Republic, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Thailand, who have expressed interest in hosting one group in the Round 1 Qualifiers, shall be drawn into different groups to apply the separation of hosts.
The competition dates for the Qualifiers Round 1 are:
Group of five teams: October 20 - 28, 2018.
Group of four teams: October 24 - 28, 2018.
Subsequently in Round 2, the eight teams shall be divided into two groups of four teams, with the group winners and runners-up advancing to the Finals.
The competition dates for the Qualifiers Round 2 are April 22 - 30, 2019.
Below is the full list of teams that have expressed interest in participating in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019, arranged based on the 2017 edition rankings.