The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has taken note of the DPR Korea Football Association’s withdrawal from the qualifying competitions of both the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup – Uzbekistan and the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – India.
Consequently, the variance in the number of teams across the different groups of the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup – Uzbekistan Qualifiers East Zone has now reached more than one, with just Japan and Cambodia the remaining teams in Group K, as a result of North Korea’s withdrawal.
Therefore, in order to maintain the balance of the number of teams across all groups, the AFC will conduct a draw to move one team from Groups G to J, to be placed in Group K, to be conducted virtually on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
The draw will consist of one pot comprising all teams from Groups G to J, except the teams in position 1 of their respective Groups and the Host Teams in order not to affect the group balance and hosting arrangements already in place following the draw conducted on July 9, 2021.
Accordingly, the following eight teams will be involved in the draw: Group G: China PR and Brunei Darussalam, Group H: Timor-Leste and Philippines, Group I: Myanmar and Hong Kong and Group J: Malaysia and Laos.
The first team drawn will be moved to position 1 in Group K to replace North Korea. As a result, Group K will have three teams and one group from G to J will be reduced from four to three teams.
The draw results of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – Qualifiers conducted on June 24, 2021, remains unchanged with Group C now comprising three teams – Indonesia, Iraq and Singapore, following North Korea’s withdrawal.