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World Cup 2026 Qualifiers: Upcoming Fixtures in Nepal Time

November 25, 2023
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World Cup 2026 Qualifiers

The path to qualification for the 2026 World Cup in Asia is anticipated to be a protracted and challenging process, involving multiple group stages at the very least. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is set to allocate direct berths to eight teams for the 2026 World Cup, while a ninth team will enter the inter-confederation playoffs, aiming to secure a spot in the prestigious tournament.

Asian (AFC) 2026 World Cup Qualification Structure

  • First round (October 11-17, 2023): Involving 20 teams in a home-and-away format.
  • Second round (November 2023 – June 2024): Featuring 36 teams organized into nine groups, with the top two from each group advancing to the next stage.
  • Third round (commencing September 2024): Consisting of 18 teams divided into three groups, where the top two from each group secure direct qualification to the World Cup, and the third- and fourth-place teams proceed to the fourth round.
  • Fourth round (starting October 2025): Encompassing six teams arranged into two groups, with the group winners earning direct qualification for the World Cup, and the second-place teams progressing to the fifth round.
  • Fifth round (November 2025): Involving two teams, with the winner advancing to the inter-confederation playoffs.

Asian Qualifiers Table with Points:

Group APldWDLGDPts
Qatar2200+106
India2101-23
Kuwait1001-10
Afghanistan1001-70
Group BPldWDLGDPts
Japan2200+106
North Korea2101+43
Syria2101-43
Myanmar2002-100
Group CPldWDLGDPts
South Korea2200+86
Thailand2101+23
China2101-23
Singapore2002-70
Group DPldWDLGDPts
Malaysia2200+26
Oman2101+23
Kyrgyzstan210103
Chinese Taipei2002-40
Group EPldWDLGDPts
Iran2110+44
Uzbekistan2110+24
Turkmenistan2011-21
Hong Kong2011-41
Group FPldWDLGDPts
Iraq2200+56
Vietnam2101+13
Philippines2011-21
Indonesia2011-41
Group GPldWDLGDPts
Saudi Arabia2200+56
Tajikistan2110+54
Jordan2011-21
Pakistan2002-90
Group HPldWDLGDPts
United Arab Emirates2200+56
Bahrain2101+33
Yemen210103
Nepal2002-60
Group IPldWDLGDPts
Australia2200+86
Lebanon202002
Palestine2011-11
Bangladesh2011-71

Third Round Qualifiers Fixtures will be added as soon as it is available.

Yukesh Chaudhary

Chaudhary is the CEO of Niriv and also Scrilnow author for the Sports Category, He loves writing and watching sports events. Connect him on social media and read articles here.

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