Asian Qualifiers Paves the Way to the World Cup Qatar 2022
Yesterday morning, the Asian Qualifiers Final Round Draw for the World Cup Qatar 2022 was held.
The World Cup Qatar 2022, which was held at the headquarters of the. Asian Confederation in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, has drawn four Arab teams into one group (Group A).
The teams are the UAE, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. While Iran national team came at the top of Group A, accompanied by South Korea.
Saudi Arabia and Oman came in Group B, along with Japan “at the top of the group”, Australia, China and Vietnam.
The top two teams will directly qualify for the World Cup. The two third-placed teams will meet in an AFC play-off. Then, the winner will pass to an inter-confederation playoff with a CONCACAF team to join the World Cup.
The Asian Qualifiers are to be held in ten rounds, on the 2nd and 7th of next September, 7th, and 12th of October, 11th, and 16th of November, 27th of January 2022, 1st of February, 24th and 29th of March.
In Group A, both Iran, which has qualified five times in the World Cup. And South Korea which has participated in the World Cup since 1986, are strong candidates to win the qualifiers.
On the other hand, the UAE, which participated only once in 1990, is hoping to qualify. Iraq, as well, participated only once in 1986.
Syria seeks to recreate the 2018 qualifiers when they reached the play-offs but lost to Australia. Lebanon is participating in the final round for the second time since 2014.
In Group B, Japan is seeking a seventh straight appearance after reaching the Round of 16, three times in six qualifiers. Australia, however, is looking for a sixth and fifth qualification.
This may not be easy with Saudi Arabia, which qualified five times, being there.
The Group also includes China which qualified only once in 2002, Oman which qualified for the second time, and Vietnam which also qualified for the first time.
The teams were divided into two groups, six teams each, according to the official world rankings of the International Federation (FIFA).