KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Asia’s top 12 nations discovered their opponents in their quest to seal the coveted spots for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Thursday in the virtual draw for the final round of the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Iran was drawn with South Korea in the 2022 World Cup qualification in the ceremony draw held in Kuala Lumpur.
Based on the special FIFA Ranking released for Asian teams on June 18, top seeds Japan and Iran were placed in Pot 1 of the draw, with Pot 2 comprising Australia and Korea Republic while Pot 3 had Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Pot 4 contained Iraq and China PR, followed by Oman and Syria in Pot 5 and debutant Vietnam and Lebanon in Pot 6.
The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar is scheduled to be played on the following 10 match days: September 2 and 7, October 7 and 12, and November 11 and 16, 2021, as well as January 27 and February 1, 2022, before reaching its climax on March 24 and 29, 2022.
Group A: Iran, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
Group B: Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, China PR, Oman, Vietnam