India drawn with UAE, Maldives & China in AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers

Kuala Lumpur: The India U-23 Men’s Team were placed alongside United Arab Emirates, Maldives and China PR in Group G of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™Qatar 2024 Qualifiers after the Official Draw held at the AFC House here in Malaysia, on Thursday.

Group G of the Qualifiers will be hosted by China between September 6-12, 2023.

The draw saw 43 teams divided into 10 groups of four and one group of three. Each group will be played at a centralised venue in a single round-robin format, with the 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams qualifying for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024. They will join Qatar, who have received automatic qualification as hosts, to form the final cast of 16 at the tournament, to be played between April 15 to May 3, 2024.

The AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 will also serve as a qualifier for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024. The top three teams will directly qualify for the Olympic Games as the

AFC representatives, while the fourth-best team will play in the AFC-CAF Play-off.

AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 will be the competition’s sixth edition, and India will attempt to

make it to the final tournament for the first time.

India’s qualifying fixtures:

September 6: India vs Maldives

September 9: China PR vs India

September 12: United Arab Emirates vs India

AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 Qualifiers Draw Result:

Group A: Jordan (H), Syria, Oman, Brunei Darussalam

Group B: Korea Republic (H), Myanmar, Krygyz Republic, Qatar

Group C: Vietnam (H), Singapore, Yemen, Guam

Group D: Japan, Bahrain (H), Palestine, Pakistan

Group E: Uzbekistan (H), IR Iran, Hong Kong, Afghanistan

Group F: Iraq, Kuwait (H), Timor Leste, Macau

Group G: UAE, India, Maldives, China PR (H)

Group H: Thailand (H), Malaysia, Bangladesh, Philippines

Group I: Australia, Tajikistan (H), Laos, DPR Korea

Group J: Saudi Arabia (H), Cambodia, Lebanon, Mongolia

Group K: Turkmenistan, Indonesia (H), Chinese Taipei.


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