2024 AFC Futsal Asian Cup – Thailand groups drawn!

Japan will begin the defence of their title in Group C following the draw for the AFC Futsal Asian Cup – Thailand 2024 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, December 14.

Iran’s bid for a record-extending 13th title will kick off in Group D with the tournament scheduled for April 17-28, 2024.

Hosts Thailand will have Vietnam, Myanmar and China PR for company in Group A while Group B will see four-time runners-up Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Australia battling for the two quarter-final spots.

Four-time champions Japan are the top seeds in Group C with Tajikistan, South Korea and Kyrgyz Republic their challengers while Iran, runners-up in 2022, lead the Group D cast, with Kuwait, Bahrain and debutants Afghanistan for company.

The top four finishers at the AFC Futsal Asian Cup – Thailand 2024 will qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup – Uzbekistan 2024, which will take place between September 14 and October 6, 2024, marking the first time the global showpiece will be held in Central Asia.

Should Uzbekistan – who have already qualified for the FIFA Futsal World Cup as hosts – advance to the semi-finals, the four losing quarter-finalists will playoff for the fourth ticket.

DRAW RESULT

Group A: Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, China
Group B: Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Australia
Group C: Japan, Tajikistan, South Korea, Kyrgyz Republic
Group D: Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Afghanistan

Watch the Final Draw ceremony on Thursday, December 14, 2023 here !

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