2026 World Cup - Asian qualifiers

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Lorric wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 14:54
Shing wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 00:16 Feel bad for the eliminated teams' World Cup journey end so early. The qualifying format could be modified to make it more interesting.

- After this round, the 18 qualified teams are in League A and all other teams are in League B
- League A still play 3 hex. Top 2 in each group (6 teams) directly qualify. 3rd and 4th placed teams in each group (6 teams) advance to PO
- League B has 7 or 8 groups of 3 or 4 teams. The best ranked 8 teams advance to play 2 round knockout. The 2 winners advance to PO
- PO has 8 teams (6 from League A and 2 from League B). Play 2 round knockout and the 2 winners qualify
Most of the teams go on to Asian Cup qualifying, so they're not left twiddling their thumbs.
Right, but World Cup is a much bigger thing than Asian Cup in Asia. It is still two years before World Cup and about 60% of the teams already eliminated. Other regions like UEFA and OFC have not even started their qualifiers. AFC could do better to keep hope for more countries.
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Shing wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 15:10
Lorric wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 14:54
Shing wrote: Fri Jun 14, 2024 00:16 Feel bad for the eliminated teams' World Cup journey end so early. The qualifying format could be modified to make it more interesting.

- After this round, the 18 qualified teams are in League A and all other teams are in League B
- League A still play 3 hex. Top 2 in each group (6 teams) directly qualify. 3rd and 4th placed teams in each group (6 teams) advance to PO
- League B has 7 or 8 groups of 3 or 4 teams. The best ranked 8 teams advance to play 2 round knockout. The 2 winners advance to PO
- PO has 8 teams (6 from League A and 2 from League B). Play 2 round knockout and the 2 winners qualify
Most of the teams go on to Asian Cup qualifying, so they're not left twiddling their thumbs.
Right, but World Cup is a much bigger thing than Asian Cup in Asia. It is still two years before World Cup and about 60% of the teams already eliminated. Other regions like UEFA and OFC have not even started their qualifiers. AFC could do better to keep hope for more countries.
They already got to play a qualifying group the same length as Europe. It's better they get to play teams more their level now.
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That is nothing. I remember instances like CONCACAF's 2014 qualifiers, where we were already eliminated before 2011's end, and that was AFTER playing a full group stage (of 3 teams because Bahamas withdrew IIRC, but still). And there are of course the cases of knockout first qualifying rounds, where sometimes it's almost 3 full years before the WC in question and some teams are already eliminated. AS I've said before, if FIFA supposedly cares about development in small football nations, they shouldn't do that. Let every team play at the very least 4 competitive matches before leaving the race.
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Stefan Tarkovic leaves post of coach of the national football team of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz Football Union (KFU) reported on social media.

«For almost 14 months, Stefan Tarkovic has successfully accomplished all the tasks set for him. Football players got the opportunity to work with a European specialist of high class. The next stage and new, more difficult tasks are ahead,» KFU noted.

Recall, his contract with the Kyrgyz Football Union was concluded until June 30, 2024. The management of KFU, after thorough internal consultations, decided to terminate cooperation after the expiration of the agreement. Together with the head coach, entire coaching staff leaves the national team.

KFU President Kamchybek Tashiev met with all members of the coaching staff led by Stefan Tarkovic. During the meeting, the head of the Union announced the decision made, and also expressed personally, on behalf of himself and the entire football community of the country, sincere gratitude for the professional work done, justified expectations and trust.

Kyrgyz Football Union wishes Stefan Tarkovic further success in his professional career and achievement of new heights as a coach.

The national team of Kyrgyzstan secured a berth at the 2027 Asian Cup and got an opportunity to continue the fight for participation in the 2026 World Cup.


https://24.kg/english/296719_New_head_c ... yrgyzstan/

Russian specialist Maxim Lisitsyn was appointed head coach of the national football team of Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz Football Union (KFU) reported on social media.

Maxim Lisitsyn will train the team for the third round of qualifying games for the 2026 World Cup.

He started working in the Kyrgyz Republic four years ago. In 2022, under the leadership of Maxim Lisitsyn, the country’s youth team (U20) reached the final stage of the Asian Cup. He also headed the Olympic team of Kyrgyzstan (U23).

After the candidacy of Maxim Lisitsyn was approved, KFU President Kamchybek Tashiev met with the new coach. He wished the head coach success in his work and expressed hope that under his leadership the team will achieve the set goals.

As noted, the agreement between the Kyrgyz Football Union and the coach is signed for one year, until the completion of the third qualifying round for the World Cup.

Stefan Tarkovic’s contract with KFU was signed until June 30, 2024. The management of the Union, after thorough internal consultations, decided to terminate cooperation after the expiration of the agreement. Together with the head coach, the entire coaching staff leaves the national team.
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India part ways with Stimac
TUE, 18 JUNE, 2024
New Delhi: India have parted ways with men’s national team head coach Igor Stimac, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on Monday.
The AIFF, in a statement, said the decision was made following India’s disappointing campaign in the recently concluded Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027™.
Aiming to qualify for the third round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers for the first time, India finished third in Group A behind Qatar and Kuwait, which also meant missing out on automatic qualification to the AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027.
The Croatian took charge of India after the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, replacing Stephen Constantine.
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FIFA rankings, 20 June 2024

Japan 17
IR Iran 20
Korea Republic 22
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Australia 23
Qatar 35
Iraq 55
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Saudi Arabia 56
Uzbekistan 62
Jordan 68
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UAE 69
Oman 76
Bahrain 81
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China PR 88
Palestine 95
Kyrgyz Republic 101
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Korea DPR 110
Indonesia 134
Kuwait 137
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Asian teams set for next step on road to FIFA World Cup 26
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21 Jun 2024

Eighteen remaining nations to discover who they will face on 27 June in draw for the next phase of AFC qualifying.

The 18 remaining AFC teams go into draw on 27 June in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Group stage will confirm six automatic qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 26
AFC has up to nine places available for 48-team tournament

The official FIFA World Cup 26™ Preliminary Draw - AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road To 26 will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday, 27 June as the 18 remaining Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams take their next step on the road to the most inclusive FIFA World Cup™ ever – the first edition to feature 48 teams.

You can watch the draw live from 15:00 local time (0900 CET) on FIFA.com.

https://www.fifa.com/en/watch/794ye4B6xG1fcVKaD9hrpO

The draw will be presented by sports reporter Colette Wong and conducted by FIFA World Cup 26 Chief Tournament Officer – USA, Manolo Zubiria. Two FIFA Legends will assist with the draw: ex-Japan international Shinji Okazaki and former IR Iran international Mehdi Mahdavikia.

The draw will divide the 18 countries still in contention into three groups of six teams with matches to be played in a group-stage format across September, October and November 2024 and March and June 2025. The draw procedures are available here.

https://digitalhub.fifa.com/m/585a0a852 ... Cup-26.pdf

The top two teams from each of the three groups (six teams in total) will advance directly to the FIFA World Cup 26™, which will feature an unprecedented total of 48 teams across three host nations, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The third and fourth-placed teams in each group (six teams in total) will progress to the fourth qualifying round. They will be split across two groups of three teams with matches to be played in October and November 2025 from which a further two countries will earn automatic qualifying places.

The runners-up in those two groups will then play off in a two-legged contest with the winner progressing to the FIFA Play-off Tournament, which will take place in March 2026 and offer the final chance for AFC teams to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 26.


https://www.the-afc.com/en/national/asi ... nders.html

Road to 26 draw to reveal riveting battles for Asian contenders

Watch the draw ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 26™ Preliminary Draw – AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road To 26 on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 3pm here!

https://youtube.com/live/sf-b-ClHdPw

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Ammouta steps down as Jordan head coach
SUN, 23 JUNE, 2024

Amman: Hussein Ammouta has stepped down as the Jordan national team head coach by mutual consent, the Jordanian Football Association (JFA) said on Saturday.

Ammouta leaves a lasting impression on Jordanian football, having led the team to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ final.

The 54-year-old Moroccan, who will be replaced by compatriot Jamal Salami, also guided Jordan into the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to 26 with the West Asian side to learn their opponents in Thursday’s draw.

“The Jordanian Football Association expresses its deep pride and appreciation for the period during which Hussein Amouta led the national team, acknowledging the great efforts and services he and his assistant staff provided to Jordanian football,” the JFA said in a statement on its website.

“Under his leadership, the national team achieved a historic milestone by securing second place in the 2023 Asian Cup and qualifying for the decisive round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers, finishing first in its group."

“The Federation understands and respects the special circumstances that prevent Amouta from continuing to lead Al Nashama. Consequently, the Federation’s Board of Directors has approved his request to terminate the contract with him and his assistant staff by mutual consent.

“The Jordanian Football Association affirms that the achievements under Amouta’s leadership will always be held in high regard and appreciated by the Jordanian football family and fans.”
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Draw Result
Group A: IR Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyz Republic, DPR Korea
Group B: Korea Republic, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait
Group C: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China PR, Indonesia
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amenina wrote: Thu Jun 27, 2024 09:40 https://www.the-afc.com/en/national/asi ... ngers.html

Draw Result
Group A: IR Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyz Republic, DPR Korea
Group B: Korea Republic, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait
Group C: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China PR, Indonesia
Lorric wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 02:59 So even in this format we could get another Japan/Australia/Saudi Arabia group. You could repeat last cycle's group with Oman and China. Vietnam didn't make it despite it being easier to do so this time.
No escape. No Oman, but an ultimate group of death!
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amenina wrote: Thu Jun 27, 2024 09:40 https://www.the-afc.com/en/national/asi ... ngers.html

Draw Result
Group A: IR Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyz Republic, DPR Korea
Group B: Korea Republic, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Kuwait
Group C: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China PR, Indonesia
My predictions:

Group A: Direct - Iran and Qatar/Uzbekistan, Playoffs - Qatar/Uzbekistan and UAE

Group B: Direct - Korea and Iraq/Jordan, Playoffs - Iraq/Jordan and Oman

Group C: Direct - Japan and Australia/Saudi Arabia, Playoffs - Australia/Saudi Arabia and Bahrain


For the potential debutants:

Uzbekistan and Jordan - Decent chance for direct, great chance for Playiffs.
Oman and Bahrain - slim chance for Direct and great chance for Playoffs.
Palestine and Kyrgyzstan - outside chance for Playoffs


Also with Group B it is guaranteed that a team with no previous or only one appearance will qualify.
Nearly the same for Group A except for North Korea who has had two
Also with Group B guarantees that a team who wasn’t at Qatar 2022 will qualify
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The top two finishers from the three groups will confirm their places at the FIFA World Cup 2026 while the third and fourth-placed teams from each group – six in total – will progress to the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to 26 Playoff, to be contested in two groups of three teams in a single round robin format, with both group winners qualifying for the global showpiece.

The two second-placed finishers from the Playoff will face off in a home and away tie to earn the right to reach the Intercontinental Playoff and vie for the final available berth.

Match schedule: https://assets.the-afc.com/2026-27_Asia ... hedule.pdf

MD1 Thursday, 5 Sep 2024: 1 vs 5, 2 vs 4, 3 vs 6
MD2 Tuesday, 10 Sep 2024: 5 vs 3, 6 vs 2, 4 vs 1
MD3 Thursday, 10 Oct 2024: 3 vs 1, 4 vs 6, 2 vs 5
MD4 Tuesday, 15 Oct 2024: 5 vs 6, 3 vs 4, 1 vs 2
MD5 Thursday, 14 Nov 2024: 4 vs 5, 6 vs 1, 2 vs 3
MD6 Tuesday, 19 Nov 2024: 5 vs 1, 4 vs 2, 6 vs 3
MD7 Thursday, 20 Mar 2025: 3 vs 5, 2 vs 6, 1 vs 4
MD8 Tuesday, 25 Mar 2025: 1 vs 3, 6 vs 4, 5 vs 2
MD9 Thursday, 5 Jun 2025: 6 vs 5, 4 vs 3, 2 vs 1
MD10 Tuesday, 10 Jun 2025: 5 vs 4, 1 vs 6, 3 vs 2
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Since Australia started playing Asian zone WCQ starting from South Africa 2010, they have been in the same "final round" group with Japan in all five editions. In previous WCQ, there were two groups, so there was a 50% chance they would be drawn into the same group. This time, there were three groups, so there was a 33.3% chance they would be drawn into the same group. So a streak like this would have a 1 in 48 chance, or approximately 2% chance of happening.
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amenina wrote: Thu Jun 27, 2024 17:07 Since Australia started playing Asian zone WCQ starting from South Africa 2010, they have been in the same "final round" group with Japan in all five editions. In previous WCQ, there were two groups, so there was a 50% chance they would be drawn into the same group. This time, there were three groups, so there was a 33.3% chance they would be drawn into the same group. So a streak like this would have a 1 in 48 chance, or approximately 2% chance of happening.
What about chances for Japan, Australia AND Saudi Arabia in the same group 3 times in a row? It was 25% the first two times and 11.1% this time so 1 in 144 chance, about 0.7%. Not counting that for Saudi Arabia a drop from 5th in FIFA Rankings between Asian teams before previous round started to 7th was also necessary.
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