• 12 Asian teams still in the race in the global qualifiers
  • Third round draw scheduled for July 1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • FIFA.com provides update on further preliminaries in Zone Asia

Qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar ™ has reached a critical juncture in Asia. Twelve teams opened the doors to the third round at the end of a second phase that lasted almost two years. The group winners – Syria (A), Australia (B), RI Iran (C), Saudi Arabia (D), Japan (W), United Arab Emirates (L) and Republic of Korea (H) -, will be joined by the five best runners-up: China PR (A), Oman (E), Iraq (C), Vietnam (G) and Lebanon (H). Qatar finished first in Pool E, but as they have already qualified for the World Cup as host nation, they will not take part in the next leg of the preliminary competition.

And now ?

The 12 teams will be divided into two groups of six who will compete according to a championship formula in two-way matches. The first and second of each group (four in total) will advance directly to the final phase. The third will go through a fourth round, where they will compete for the ticket to the intercontinental jump-off.

When will the draw take place?

The draw for the third round will be held on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The third round matches will take place on the following dates: September 2, 2021, September 7, 2021, October 7, 2021, October 12, 2021, November 11, 2021, November 16, 2021, January 27, 2022, February 1, 2022, March 24, 2022 and March 29, 2022 .

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How will the hats for the raffle be determined?

FIFA released an Asia-specific FIFA / Coca-Cola ranking on June 18, 2021, which will be used to determine the makeup of the hats. Although fifth in the standings and winner of Group E in the second round, Qatar will not participate in the third phase.

Team Points
1. Japan 1529,45
2. RI Iran 1522,04
3. Australia 1477,21
4. Republic of Korea 1474,96
6. Saudi Arabia 1386,03
7. United Arab Emirates 1362,30
8. Iraq 1354,51
9. China PR 1352,68
10. Oman 1304,20
11. Syria 1302,75
13. Vietnam 1260,85
16. Lebanon 1236,82

What will be the procedure for the draw?

The teams will be divided into six hats according to the FIFA rankings published on June 18, 2021.
Hat 1: 1st-2nd in the standings;
Hat 2: 3rd-4th;
Hat 3: 5th-6th;
Hat 4: 7th-8th;
Hat 5: 9th-10th;
Hat 6: 11th-12th.

The hat number corresponds to the position the team will occupy in the group. The first and second ball taken from each hat will be placed in Groups A and B respectively. The toss will start with hat 6, the first ball of which will be placed in A6. The next ball will go to B6, and so on until hat 1.

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