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2018 FIFA World Cup Asia Qualifiers Match Fixtures, Teams

Qualification matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup have been announced by AFC [Asian Football Confederation]. Total of 46 national football teams from this confederation will compete in order to qualify for Football World Cup 2018. The 2018 World Cup qualification begun from 12 March 2015 and last match will be played on 10 October 2017. Check out the total number of teams and match dates of Asian qualifiers right over here in full information.

2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

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Format
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Round 1
Round 2
Round 3

Asian Teams of FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

All across from Asia, total 46 national football teams affiliated from FIFA will play this qualification round. FIFA World Rankings were used to give bye to the national football teams of Asia. Teams ranked from 1st to 34th in Asia received bye whereas teams ranked from 35 to 46 will compete in first round.

Asian teams received bye: Iran, Japan, South Korea, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, Philippines, Maldives, Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Guam, Bangladesh.

Asian teams which will play first round: India, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Timor-Leste, Nepal, Macau, Pakistan, Mongolia, Brunei, Bhutan.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier Format

Now the main part of this section is how the national teams will qualify for the finals? From these 46 Asian football teams, 4 teams will qualify for the finals of 2018 FIFA World Cup. The qualification round of FIFA World Cup is little bit confusing, but don’t worry, here we will guide you the complete qualification process in brief. All you need to keep in mind that 12 teams which are ranked from 35 to 46 will play first round.

Round 1: The first round will be played between 12 teams [ranked from 35-46]. These twelve teams will play two legged round [home & away] against their respective rivals. Out of these 12 teams, six teams will qualify for Round 2.

Round 2: Remaining 34 teams and 6 teams [winners of round 1] will play second round. In other words, total 40 teams will play second round. All 40 teams will be divided into 8 groups having 5 teams each and they’ll play home & away round robin games. Each group winners and 4 best second placed teams will advance to Round 3. In short, 12 will get the chance to play third round.

Round 3: Now, these 12 will be divided into two groups having six teams each. Group stage round robin matches will be played out of which 2 best teams from each group will qualify for the finals of 2018 FIFA World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Format

2018 World Cup Asia Qualifier Schedule

Round Match day Date Round Match day Date
Round 1 1st leg 12 Mar 2015 Round 3 1 1 Sept 2016
2nd leg 17 Mar 2015 2 6 Sept 2016
Round 2  1  11 Jun 2015 3 6 Oct 2016
2 15 Jun 2015 4 11 Oct 2016
3 3 Sept 2015 5 15 Nov 2016
4 8 Sept 2015 6 23 Mar 2017
5 8 Oct 2015 7 28 Mar 2017
6 13 Oct 2015 8 13 Jun 2017
7 12 Nov 2015 9 31 Aug 2017
8 17 Nov 2015 10 5 Sept 2017
9 24 Mar 2016 Round 4 1st leg 5 Oct 2017
10 29 Mar 2016 2nd leg 10 Oct 2017

Round 1

1st leg 2nd leg 1st Team Aggregate score 2nd Team
12 Mar 17 Mar India  2-0 Nepal
12 Mar 17 Mar Yemen 3-1 Pakistan
12 Mar 17 Mar Timor-Leste 5-1 Mongolia
12 Mar 17 Mar Cambodia  4-1 Macau
12 Mar 17 Mar Chinese Taipei 2-1 Brunei
12 Mar 17 Mar Sri Lanka 1-3 Bhutan

Round 2

Group A: Untied Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Timor Leste, Malaysia

Date Home team Away team
11 June Palestine Saudi Arabia
11 June Malaysia Timor Leste
16 June Timor-Leste UAE
16 June Malaysia Palestine
3 Sept UAE Malaysia
3 Sept Saudi Arabia Timor Leste
8 Sept Malaysia Saudi Arabia
8 Sept Palestine UAE
8 Oct Timor Leste Palestine
8 Oct Saudi Arabia UAE
13 Oct Saudi Arabia Palestine
13 Oct Timor Leste Malaysia
12 Nov UAE Timor Leste
12 Nov Palestine Malaysia
17 Nov Malaysia UAE
17 Nov Timor Leste Saudi Arabia
24 Mar 2016 Saudi Arabia Malaysia
24 Mar 2016 UAE Palestine
29 Mar 2016 Palestine Timor Leste
29 Mar 2016 UAE Saudi Arabia

Group B: Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgzstan, Bangladesh

11 Jun Tajikistan Jordan
11 Jun Bangladesh Kyrgyzstan
16 Jun Kyrgyzstan Australia
16 Jun Bangladesh Tajikistan
3 Sept Australia Bangladesh
3 Sept Jordan Kyrgyzstan
8 Sept Bangladesh Jordan
8 Sept Tajikistan Australia
8 Oct Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan
8 Oct Jordan Australia
13 Oct Jordan Tajikistan
13 Oct Kyrgyzstan Bangladesh
12 Nov Australia Kyrgyzstan
12 Nov Tajikistan Bangladesh
17 Nov Bangladesh Australia
17 Nov Kyrgyzstan Jordan
24 Mar 2016 Jordan Bangladesh
24 Mar 2016 Australia Tajikistan
29 Mar 2016 Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan
29 Mar 2016 Australia Jordan

Group C: China PR, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong

11 Jun Maldives Qatar
11 Jun Hong Kong Bhutan
16 Jun Bhutan China
16 Jun Hong Kong Maldives
3 Sept China Hong Kong
3 Sept Qatar Bhutan
8 Sept Hong Kong Qatar
8 Sept Maldives China
8 Oct Bhutan Maldives
8 Oct Qatar China
13 Oct Qatar Maldives
13 Oct Bhutan Hong Kong
12 Nov China Bhutan
12 Nov Maldives Hong Kong
17 Nov Hong Kong China
17 Nov Bhutan Qatar
24 Mar 2016 Qatar Hong Kong
24 Mar 2016 China Maldives
29 Mar 2016 Maldives Bhutan
29 Mar 2016 China Qatar

Group D: Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam

11 Jun India Oman
11 Jun Guam Turkmenistan
16 Jun Turkmenistan Iran
16 Jun Guam India
3 Sept Iran Guam
3 Sept Oman Turkmenistan
8 Sept Guam Oman
8 Sept India Iran
8 Oct Turkmenistan India
8 Oct Oman Iran
13 Oct Oman India
13 Oct Turkmenistan Guam
12 Nov Iran Turkmenistan
12 Nov India Guam
17 Nov Guam Iran
17 Nov Turkmenistan Oman
24 Mar 2016 Oman Guam
24 Mar 2016 Iran India
29 Mar 2016 India Turkmenistan
29 Mar 2016 Iran Oman

Group E: Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia

11 Jun Afghanistan Syria
11 Jun Cambodia Singapore
16 Jun Singapore Japan
16 Jun Cambodia Afghanistan
3 Sept Japan Cambodia
3 Sept Syria Singapore
8 Sept Cambodia Syria
8 Sept Afghanistan Japan
8 Oct Singapore Afghanistan
8 Oct Syria Japan
13 Oct Syria Afghanistan
13 Oct Singapore Cambodia
12 Nov Japan Singapore
12 Nov Afghanistan Cambodia
17 Nov Cambodia Japan
17 Nov Singapore Syria
24 Mar 2016 Syria Cambodia
24 Mar 2016 Japan Afghanistan
29 Mar 2016 Afghanistan Singapore
29 Mar 2016 Japan Syria

Group F: Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei

11 Jun Thailand Vietnam
11 Jun Chinese Taipei Indonesia
16 Jun Indonesia Iraq
16 Jun Chinese Taipei Thailand
3 Sept Iraq Chinese Taipei
3 Sept Vietnam Indonesia
8 Sept Chinese Taipei Vietnam
8 Sept Thailand Iraq
8 Oct Indonesia Thailand
8 Oct Vietnam Iraq
13 Oct Vietnam Thailand
13 Oct Indonesia Chinese Taipei
12 Nov Iraq Indonesia
12 Nov Thailand Chinese Taipei
17 Nov Chinese Taipei Iraq
17 Nov Indonesia Vietnam
24 Mar 2016 Vietnam Chinese Taipei
24 Mar 2016 Iraq Thailand
29 Mar 2016 Thailand Indonesia
29 Mar 2016 Iraq Vietnam

Group G: South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos

11 Jun Lebanon Kuwait
11 Jun Laos Myanmar
16 Jun Myanmar South Korea
16 Jun Laos Lebanon
3 Sept South Korea Laos
3 Sept Kuwait Myanmar
8 Sept Laos Kuwait
8 Sept Lebanon South Korea
8 Oct Myanmar Lebanon
8 Oct Kuwait South Korea
13 Oct Kuwait Lebanon
13 Oct Myanmar Laos
12 Nov South Korea Myanmar
12 Nov Lebanon Laos
17 Nov Laos South Korea
17 Nov Myanmar Kuwait
24 Mar 2016 Kuwait Laos
24 Mar 2016 South Korea Lebanon
29 Mar 2016 Lebanon Myanmar
29 Mar 2016 South Korea Kuwait

Group H: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea, Yemen

11 Jun Philippines Bahrain
11 Jun Yemen North Korea
16 Jun North Korea Uzbekistan
16 Jun Yemen Philippines
3 Sept Uzbekistan Yemen
3 Sept Bahrain North Korea
8 Sept Yemen Bahrain
8 Sept Philippines Uzbekistan
8 Oct North Korea Philippines
8 Oct Bahrain Uzbekistan
13 Oct Bahrain Philippines
13 Oct North Korea Yemen
12 Nov Uzbekistan North Korea
12 Nov Philippines Yemen
17 Nov Yemen Uzbekistan
17 Nov North Korea Bahrain
24 Mar 2016 Bahrain Yemen
24 Mar 2016 Uzbekistan Philippines
29 Mar 2019 Philippines North Korea
29 Mar 2019 Uzbekistan Bahrain

Round 3

This is the round in which 12 teams will play round robin matches in two groups. This round will decide which team will play the finals of 2018 FIFA World Cup. The two group third placed teams may proceed to the fourth round, depending on the final confederation allocation of places at the FIFA World Cup.

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