Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Kuala Lumpur: The draw for the AFC Futsal Championship Uzbekistan 2016 Qualifiers will be held at AFC House in the Malaysian capital city on September 2.
Twenty-two nations will be in the qualifiers for the tournament apart from four automatically qualified countries -- Japan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Kuwait.
Japan, Iran and Uzbekistan were given automatic qualification to the final-round competition as the top three ranked teams from AFC Futsal Championship Vietnam 2014 ranking. However, since Uzbekistan are hosting the finals, the next best ranked team, Kuwait, automatically qualified.
The 22 Member Associations will be divided into four zones -- West, Central, ASEAN and East. There are no teams participating from the South zone.
The seeding for the draw will be based on the 2014 edition rankings while new entrants -- Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Mongolia and the UAE -- will be unranked.
Indonesia have been removed from the seeding table following their suspension by FIFA while Palestine have withdrawn from the qualifiers.
The full list of teams vying for AFC Futsal Championship Uzbekistan 2016 glory is: Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.