AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup draw to set stage for eagerly anticipated Uzbekistan 2024!

The final cast of the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup – Uzbekistan 2024 will discover their Group Stage opponents on Friday, December 15 at 3pm during the official Final Draw ceremony at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.

Eight teams will feature at the 11th edition of the tournament, which is set to be hosted by Uzbekistan for the first time and scheduled to run from March 3 to 16, 2024.

The first of two qualifying rounds began with 28 sides in March this year and the process concluded in June with the field whittled down to a quartet of teams: Australia, China, Chinese Taipei and Vietnam. They will be joined at the final tournament by the three highest-seeded teams from the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 – Japan, North Korea and South Korea – as well as Uzbekistan, who automatically qualified as hosts.

China, North Korea, Japan and South Korea are the only teams to have qualified for every edition to date and also to have lifted the trophy at least once each. Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei’s qualification ends a five-edition absence, with their last involvement taking place in 2009.

As the Host Association, Uzbekistan will be seeded first for the draw, with the remaining teams ranked by their performances at the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019. The teams will be divided equally into two groups to contest a single-round league format, with the top two finishers in each group qualifying to the Semifinals.

The seedings are as follow

Pot 1 (Ranked 1st and 2nd): Uzbekistan, Japan
Pot 2 (3rd and 4th): North Korea, South Korea
Pot 3 (5th and 6th): Australia, China
Pot 4 (7th and 8th): Vietnam, Chinese Taipei

The top four teams at the AFC U-20 Women’s Asian Cup – Uzbekistan 2024 will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2024, which is slated to begin on August 31, 2024 in Colombia.

Watch the Final Draw ceremony on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 3pm (GMT+8) here !

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