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Iran learn AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 qualifying opponents

AFC - Twenty-one nations learned their opponents for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifiers when the official draw was held in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday.

The Teams

Korea Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, India, Palestine, DPR Korea, Guam, Iraq, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Draw Result

Group A: A1 Jordan A2 Philippines A3 Bahrain A4 Iraq A5 UAE A6 Tajikistan (hosts)

Group B: B1 Korea Republic B2 Uzbekistan B3 Hong Kong B4 India B5 DPR Korea (hosts) 

Group C: C1 Thailand C2 Chinese Taipei C3 Lebanon C4 Palestine (hosts) C5 Guam

Group D: D1 Vietnam (hosts) D2 Myanmar D3 IR Iran D4 Syria D5 Singapore

The three highest-ranked women’s national teams from the last AFC Women’s Asian Cup – Japan, Australia and China PR - received automatic qualification into the eight-team finals. The group winners of each of the four qualifying groups will qualify for the finals in Jordan.

Jordan as hosts also received automatic qualification, but they have expressed interest to participate in the qualifiers. Therefore, if case they finish top of their qualifying group, the runner-up team will also advance to the final competition. The qualifiers will kick off on April 3, 2017.

The finals, which will be held from April 7 to 22, 2018, will also serve as the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.

Match Schedule:

Group A

April 3: A3 v A1, A4 v A6, A2 v A5

April 5: A1 v A5, A2 v A4, A3 v A6

April 7: A5 v A3, A6 v A2, A1 v A4

April 10: A4 v A5, A6 v A1, A2 v A3

April 12: A5 v A6, A3 v A4, A1 v A2

Groups B through D

April 3: BCD3 v BCD 2, BCD5 v BCD4

April 5: BCD4 v BCD1, BCD5 v BCD3

April 7: BCD1 v BCD5, BCD2 v BCD4

April 9: BCD2 v BCD5, BCD3 v BCD1

April 11: BCD4 v BCD3, BCD1 v BCD2

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