The stage is set for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers Round 2 official draw ceremony, which will take place at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 18, 2023 at 11am local time.
The field has been whittled down to 12 teams, comprising the seven group winners from Round 1 of qualifying and the five highest-seeded teams, who received automatic byes into Round 2.
Uzbekistan (Group A), Iran (Group B), Vietnam (Group C), Thailand (Group D), Philippines (Group E), Chinese Taipei (Group F) and India (Group G) came through in Round 1, which took place between April 1 and 11 2023, to join big guns Australia, China, North Korea, Japan and South Korea in their quest to make it to Paris.
They will be divided into three groups for Round 2, which will take place between October 23 and November 1, 2023. Each group will play a single round-robin league format in one of three centralised venues – Australia, China PR or Uzbekistan. These three Host Member Associations (MAs) will be drawn into separate groups.
Four teams – the three group winners and the best-ranked runners-up – will then progress to Round 3 to play two pairs of home and away matches, slated for February 24 and 28, 2024, with the eventual winners taking the two spots reserved for Asia in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024. The 2020 Olympic edition in Tokyo saw hosts Japan exit the quarterfinal stage against Sweden, while Australia finished fourth after losing a close bronze medal encounter to the USA.
Based on the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking released in March 2023, the 12 teams will have their names drawn from four seeding pots, as below:
Pot 1 (teams ranked 1-3): Australia*, Japan, China*
Pot 2 (4-6): South Korea, Vietnam, Chinese Taipei
Pot 3 (7-9): Thailand, Philippines, Uzbekistan*
Pot 4 (10, 11 + 1 non-ranked): India, Iran, North Korea
*denotes Host MA
Watch the draw ceremony of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers Round 2 on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 11am here!