2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers: India to face Qatar, Syria & Turkmenistan!

Forty 2018 AFC U-23 Championship – China hopefuls discovered their qualifying opponents during the stage’s official draw at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, March 17.

The India Under-23s have been drawn in the toughest of all groups, in Group C of the West Zone alongside Qatar, Syria and Turkmenistan.

The ten group winners and five best second-placed teams among all the groups will advance to the finals. The qualifiers will take place from July 19 to 23, 2017 in the respective host countries which are Kyrgyz Republic, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Myanmar, North Korea, Thailand and China.

Although directly qualified as the finals host, China have expressed interest to participate in the qualifying stage. Therefore, if China finish top of their group or finish among the five best second-placed teams, the next (sixth) second-placed team will qualify to the final stage of the competition in January 2018.

Group A
A1. IRAN
A2. OMAN
A3. KYRGYZ REPUBLIC (host)
A4. SRI LANKA

Group B
B1. IRAQ
B2. SAUDI ARABIA (host)
B3. BAHRAIN
B4. AFGHANISTAN

Group C
C1. QATAR (host)
C2. SYRIA
C3. INDIA
C4. TURKMENISTAN

Group D
D1. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (host)
D2. UZBEKISTAN
D3. LEBANON
D4. NEPAL

Group E
E1. JORDAN
E2. TAJIKISTAN
E3. PALESTINE (host)
E4. BANGLADESH

EAST Zone (East + ASEAN)
Group F
F1. AUSTRALIA
F2. MYANMAR (host)
F3. SINGAPORE
F4. BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Group G
G1. NORTH KOREA (host)
G2. LAOS
G3. CHINESE TAIPEI
G4. HONG KONG

Group H
H1. THAILAND (host)
H2. INDONESIA
H3. MALAYSIA
H4. MONGOLIA

Group I
I1. SOUTH KOREA
I2. VIETNAM (host)
I3. TIMOR-LESTE
I4. MACAU

Group J
J1. JAPAN
J2. CHINA (host)
J3. CAMBODIA
J4. PHILIPPINES

Fixtures for AFC U-23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers Matchday One, July 19, 2017
Group A
Iran v Sri Lanka
Oman v Kyrgyz Republic
Group B
Iraq v Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia v Bahrain
Group C
Qatar v Turkmenistan
Syria v India
Group D
United Arab Emirates v Nepal
Uzbekistan v Lebanon
Group E
Jordan v Bangladesh
Tajikistan v Palestine
Group F
Australia v Brunei Darussalam
Myanmar v Singapore
Group G
North Korea v Hong Kong
Laos v Chinese Taipei
Group H
Thailand v Mongolia
Indonesia v Malaysia
Group I
South Korea v Macau
Vietnam v Timor-Leste
Group J
Japan v Philippines
China v Cambodia

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