Yesterday afternoon (July 17), the draw for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for Asia took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation.
The 40 best Asian teams have been placed in 8 attractive groups. Notably, in this draw, there was also the appearance of Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup.
In principle, the host country will not have to participate in the qualifying round and have a place to win. However, Qatar is still forced to participate in the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, because this is also the qualifier for the 2023 Asian Cup, the tournament will be held in China and Qatar is also the defending champion.
Accordingly, only the host China automatically has a ticket to attend the 2023 Asian Cup, while Qatar has just won the tournament that took place earlier this year but still has to attend the qualifying round.
In the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, the 8 group winners and the 4 best runners-up will win the right to the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, and these 12 teams will also definitely have tickets to the 2023 Asian Cup. .
In the event that Qatar enters this group of 12 teams, they do not need to play in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup and definitely go to the 2023 Asian Cup.
At that time, the group runner-up with the 5th best record in the second qualifying round is entitled to a replacement ticket.
In case Qatar cannot participate in the top 12 teams mentioned above, they will continue to have to play the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers to find tickets.
In the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is in the same group with rivals Oman, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. And they are having a great opportunity to soon find tickets to the 2023 Asian Cup.