The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw for the first round of AFC Qualifiers is set to start in a few hours from now, at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Alongside the qualifiers for the World Cup that is scheduled to be held in Qatar, the draw will also enable in determining the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.
The qualifiers scheduled for June will witness the picked teams in a total of twelve matches — six home and six away. The entire run will help in determining the qualifiers for both 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
Twelve teams — Malaysia, Cambodia, Macau, Laos, Bhutan, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Guam, Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — will battle it out to grab a spot in the next qualifying round, as determined by the draw today.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is happy that the biggest footballing stage in the world will be welcomed in Aisa for the second time and Qatar has left no stone unturned in preparing to host the next edition of FIFA World Cup. Stressing on the dedication, he said, “As we have seen in the last year, Qatar is leaving nothing to chance in staging a truly magnificent spectacle”.
“And what better way to kick-start this exciting journey, than right here in our great Continent. On behalf of the Asian football family, I wish all our teams the very best of luck and I am confident we will witness another thrilling qualifying campaign”. he added.
When to watch?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup draw for the first round of AFC Qualifiers will take place on April 17, and kicks-off by 11:00 AM SGT.
The AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will host the event.
Where to watch?
Follow FOX Sports Asia for Live coverage of 2022 FIFA World Cup draw and latest updates.
You can also watch the draw via the following AFC link.