Qualifiers - Group D: Pakistan 1-3 Bahrain; Palestine 0-1 Japan
Arad: Japan took a firm grip on Group D of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Qatar 2024 Qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Palestine on Saturday.
The victory took Japan to six points and avoiding defeat against Bahrain, who revived their hopes with a 3-1 defeat of Pakistan, on Tuesday will confirm the 2016 champions their spot in the Qatar 2024 Finals.
Teams learn Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 opponents
Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™ following the draw at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
The 36 sides were drawn into nine groups of four, and they will compete against each team in a home-and-away round-robin format, between November 2023 and June 2024.
Ten of the Round 2 teams will progress from Round 1 of the Preliminary Joint Qualification, with the draw conducted earlier on Thursday. As there will be 48 teams – a first – at the FIFA World Cup 2026, eight and a half slots are on offer for the Continent’s national teams.
Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions Japan will begin their bid to defend their AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ title in Group H of the 2024 Qualifiers while Islamic Republic of Iran's aim for a 13th crown will start in Group C.
A total 31 teams were drawn into eight groups with the eight group winners and seven best second-placed teams among all groups qualifying for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup™ 2024.
These 15 teams will join the Host Member Association (MA), to be determined at a later stage and who will receive automatic qualification, to form the final cast at the tournament.
Groups finalised for #AFCU23 Qatar 2024 Qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur: The draw for the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Qatar 2024 Qualifiers was finalised at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
The hopefuls were divided into 11 groups – 10 groups of four teams each, with the last group containing three. Qatar, meanwhile, will play in the Qualifiers for exposure with their matches classified as friendlies.