Amman: Twenty-one nations learned their opponents for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifiers when the official draw was held in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday.
The Teams Korea Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, India, Palestine, DPR Korea, Guam, Iraq, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Draw Result Group A: A1 Jordan A2 PhilippinesA3 BahrainA4 Iraq A5 UAEA6 Tajikistan(hosts) Group B: B1 Korea Republic B2 UzbekistanB3 Hong Kong B4 India B5 DPRKorea (hosts) Group C: C1 ThailandC2 Chinese TaipeiC3 Lebanon C4 Palestine (hosts)C5 Guam Group D: D1 Vietnam (hosts) D2 MyanmarD3 IR Iran D4 Syria D5 Singapore
The three highest-ranked women’s national teams from the last AFC Women’s Asian Cup – Japan, Australia and China PR - received automatic qualification into the eight-team finals. The group winners of each of the four qualifying groups will qualify for the finals in Jordan.
Jordan as hosts also received automatic qualification, but they have expressed interest to participate in the qualifiers. Therefore, if case they finish top of their qualifying group, the runner-up team will also advance to the final competition. The qualifiers will kick off on April 3, 2017.
The finals, which will be held from April 7 to 22, 2018, which will also serve as the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Match Schedule: Group A April 3: A3 v A1, A4 v A6, A2 v A5 April 5: A1 v A5, A2 v A4, A3 v A6 April 7: A5 v A3, A6 v A2, A1 v A4 April 10: A4 v A5, A6 v A1, A2 v A3 April 12: A5 v A6, A3 v A4, A1 v A2
Groups B through D April 3: BCD3 v BCD 2, BCD5 v BCD4 April 5: BCD4 v BCD1, BCD5 v BCD3 April 7: BCD1 v BCD5, BCD2 v BCD4 April 9: BCD2 v BCD5, BCD3 v BCD1 April 11: BCD4 v BCD3, BCD1 v BCD2