Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam could be drawn into the same group when the 2019 AFC Asian Cup draw takes place on May 4.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that the 2019 Asian Cup draw will be held on May 4 at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Based on the FIFA rankings from April, the seedings have been confirmed. There will be four pots of six countries, with one country from each pot forming the six groups at the final tournament in January next year.
Pot 1 is occupied by traditional powerhouses like the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
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China PR, Syria, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Qatar and Thailand make up Pot 2 while Pot 3 consists of Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Palestine, Oman, India and Vietnam.
Pot 4 houses DPR Korea, Philippines, Bahrain, Jordan, Yemen and Turkmenistan.
With all three Southeast Asian countries – Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines – sitting in different pots, there is a possibility of a very ASEAN-flavoured group.
The top two countries from each group will move into the round of 16 along with the best four third-placed nations.
Host nation UAE will kick off the tournament on 5 January at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. Australia are the reigning champions having won the previous edition on home soil in 2015.
Winners of the 2019 Asian Cup will go on to represent the continent at the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.