2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC third Round

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The AFC third round of Asian teams for the Qatar FIFA World Cup will start from 2 September 2021 to 29 March 2022. The process will be involving 4 rounds from 6 June 2019 to mid-2021.

The qualifying competition consists of four rounds for the Qatar world cup tournament. Preliminary round, Qualifying group stage, and Play-offs round.

The 46 FIFA-affiliated nations football teams from Asia entered the qualification round. The matches in round third will start from 2 September. Here we are sharing the list of the qualification teams & the Schedule of matches.

All the qualified teams were divided into two different groups as per their FIFA rank.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC third Round

AFC third Round
AFC third Round

Third round Format

There are twelve teams that are entered for the second round and they were divided into two groups of six teams will play home-and-away matches.

The top winner from both groups will be qualified for the Qatar World Cup and the second and third place will go for the advanced fourth round. AFC Main article 

Qualified teams: AFC third Round

Group (Second round) Winner Runners-up
A Syria China PR
B Australia        –
C Iran Iraq
D Saudi Arabia       –
E Qatar Oman
F Japan      –
G United Arab Emirates Vietnam
H South Korea Lebanon

 
Draw and seeding
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6
Japan Australia Saudi Arabia Iraq Oman Vietnam
Iran South Korea United Arab Emirates China PR Syria Lebanon

Draw

Team A Position Team 2 Position
Iran A1 Japan B1
South Korea A1 Australia B2
United Arab Emirates A3 Saudi Arabia B3
Iraq A4 China PR B4
Syria A5 Oman B5
Lebanon A6 Vietnam B6

Schedule

The qualification matches were rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia, On 12 August 2020 FIFA announced that upcoming matches will be postponed to September 2021 and be finished by March 2022.

Matchday Date Original date
Matchday 1 2 September 2021 3 September 2020
Matchday 2 7 September 2021 8 September 2020
Matchday 3 7 October 2021 13 October 2020
Matchday 4 12 October 2021 12 November 2020
Matchday 5 11 November 2021 17 November 2020
Matchday 6 16 November 2021 25 March 2021
Matchday 7 27 January 2022 30 March 2021
Matchday 8 1 February 2022 8 June 2021
Matchday 9 24 March 2022 7 September 2021
Matchday 10 29 March 2022 12 October 2021

Groups

AFC third Round

This is the third round and it consists of two groups with six teams those teams are in the first two-position they will be directly qualified for the world cup and other teams will be going for the 4th round.

Group A

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Iran 7 6 1 0 12 2 +10 19
2 South Korea 7 5 2 0 9 2 +7 17
3 United Arab Emirates 7 2 3 2 6 5 +1 9
4 Lebanon 7 1 2 4 4 7 -3 5
5 Iraq 7 0 4 3 3 10 -7 4
6 Syria 7 0 2 5 5 13 -8 2

Group B

P
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Saudi Arabia 7 6 1 0 10 3 +7 19
2 Japan 7 5 0 2 7 3 +4 15
3 Australia 7 4 2 1 13 4 +9 14
4 Oman 7 2 1 4 6 8 -2 7
5 China PR 7 1 2 4 7 13 -6 5
6 Vietnam 7 0 0 7 4 16 -12 0

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