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AFC reworks qualifying format for 48-team World Cup in 2026

The controling body for football in Asia provided a declaration on Monday stating a four-round certifying system has actually been developed to prepare for the 8 straight places

The Oriental Football Confederation has actually verified a brand-new certifying layout to consider its broadened variety of straight entrances for a 48-team Globe Mug in 2026.

The controling body for football in Asia provided a declaration on Monday stating a four-round certifying system has actually been developed to prepare for the 8 straight places and also solitary global play-off port assigned to the AFC adhering to the growth of the Globe Mug.

Under the brand-new system, the groups rated 26th to 47th in Asia will certainly take part in the preliminary of certifying, with 11 groups progressing to sign up with the leading 25 in a second-round home-and-away collection consisting of 9 teams.

The leading 2 groups in each of those teams will certainly advance to the 3rd round, which will certainly be separated right into 3 teams of 6 contending in round-robin layout.

The very first and also junior varsities in each of those teams will certainly obtain straight entrances for the 2026 Globe Mug in the USA, Canada and also Mexico.

The 3rd- and also fourth-place groups will certainly enter into a play-off round that will certainly be separated right into 2 teams of 3. The champions of those teams will certainly safeguard places at the Globe Mug; the runners-up will certainly enter into a play-off for Asia’s place in a global play-off for a desperate opportunity at certifying.

Asia had 4 straight entrances for the 2022 Globe Mug which starts Nov. 21, with the very first- and also second-place groups– Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and also Japan– in 2 six-team teams from the 3rd round of certifying obtaining automated places for Qatar.

Both third-place groups fulfilled for the right to play off versus the fifth-place South American group for an additional Globe Mug port. Australia defeated UAE in the Oriental play-off, and afterwards defeat Peru in a global play-off to safeguard the 31st of 32 places at the Globe Mug in Qatar.

The AFC stated the certifying layout for the 2026 Globe Mug, and also for the 2027 Oriental Mug, was based upon the entrance of all 47 participant organizations “and also goes through transform relying on the last variety of entrances.”

The Female’s Oriental Mug will certainly be presented in 2026, with the AFC validating that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Uzbekistan and also Australia have actually revealed passion in organizing the event.

The AFC likewise prepares to relocate the timing of its front runner continental males’s club event, the Oriental Champions Organization, to begin with an initial phase in August of following year and also wrap up with a last in May 2024.

The exec board likewise accepted the suggestion to get rid of the away objectives regulation as the sudden death for groups completing equivalent on competitors factors. Rather, additional time and also, if required, charge shootouts will certainly be made use of to establish the champion of video games in the home-and-away period.

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