Kuala Lumpur: The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 kicks off in Brazil on Saturday with Asia represented by Japan, Tajikistan, Australia and Korea Republic.
The four, who qualified based on their finish in the AFC U-16 Championship 2018, will be aiming to emulate Saudi Arabia - the only team from Asia to have won the age-group tournament - and the-AFC.com tracks the challenges ahead.
Match officials for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 appointed
Sao Paulo: With less than three months to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 20 trios of match officials, five Support Referees and 17 Video Assistant Referees (VARs), representing all six Confederations.
Twelve Asian officials have been appointed for the tournament, with the contingent led by referees Khamis Al Marri from Qatar, Australia's Chris Beath and China PR's Ma Ning.
Zurich: Reigning AFC U-16 champions Japan will face USA, Senegal and Netherlands in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil following the draw ceremony in Zurich on Thursday.
Japan, who defeated Tajikistan to lift the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship title in Kuala Lumpur, will fancy their chances of advancing to the knockout stage in their ninth appearance in the Finals.
Tajikistan, meanwhile, were drawn in Group E with Spain, Argentina and Cameroon and the Central Asians - who will be making their second appearance in the Finals - will be eager to test themselves after their fabulous run in the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship.