The stage is set for a thrilling 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup – Thailand following the official draw on Thursday, March 30.
The 16 teams were divided into four groups for the June 15 – July 2 tournament, which will see the top four sides seal their places in the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup – Peru in November.
Hosts Thailand, champions in 1998, will have Malaysia, Laos and Yemen for company.
Two-time champions South Korea were drawn with Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Qatar in an exciting Group B, with Iran and Qatar having won the title once each previously.
Tajikistan, the 2018 runners-up, will face a challenging Group C with Australia, Saudi Arabia and China drawn – both two-time winners – with them.
Japan, the 2018 champions and three-time winners, will face India, Vietnam and Uzbekistan in Group D.
The 2023 AFC U-17 Asian Cup – Groups
Group A: Thailand, Yemen, Malaysia, Laos
Group B: South Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Qatar
Group C: Tajikistan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China
Group D: Japan, India, Vietnam, Uzbekistan