Asian Cup 2019 Draw | Date, format, qualified teams and their rankings

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Goal presents this preview to the 2019 Asian Cup Draw.

Football lovers await the year of 2019 in the biggest continent in the world as the 2019 Asian Cup kicks off in January in the United Arab Emirates.

This will be the biggest tournament in Asian history, with 24 teams participating instead of the usual 16.

24 nations will be split into 6 groups like the 2016 Euro Cup, with 4 teams in each group fighting for the top two automatic qualification spots. To complete the round of 16, the four best third-placed nations from the six groups will qualify.

Until now, 21 nations have qualified, with 10 Arab nations “UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Oman, Jordan, Bahrain” amongst them. Yemen may join them to qualify for their first ever competition, with one game left against Nepal.

The tournament is expected to kick off on the 5th of January 2019 and finish on the 1st of February of that year.

In this report, GOAL presents to you everything you need to know about the 2019 Asian Cup Draw.


Date and time of the draw:


Event Place Date and Time
2019 Asian Cup Draw Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 4, 2018

Format of the draw:


24 nations will be split into 6 groups like the 2016 Euro Cup, with 4 teams in each group fighting for the top two automatic qualification spots. To complete the round of 16, the four best third-placed nations from the six groups will qualify.

There are 4 pots, with 6 teams in each pots (based on world rankings). Each of the six teams in the first pot will be put at the top of each group, followed by teams from pot 2, pot 3, and pot 4 to complete the groups.


How have the current nations been organized into the pots?


Pot 1 Pot 2
UAE China
Iran Uzbekistan
Australia Oman
Japan Syria
South Korea Palestine
Saudi Arabia Lebanon
Pot 3 Pot 4
India Jordan
Qatar Bahrain
Iraq Thailand
Vietnam Philippines
North Korea Turkmenistan
Kyrgyzstan Yemen

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