Changes in the "Asia U-23" qualifiers after the withdrawal of North Korea

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Yesterday, the Asian Football Confederation confirmed that it was informed of the decision of the North Korean Football Association to withdraw from the AFC U-23 Nations Cup, scheduled to be held in 2022 in Uzbekistan (men) and India (women).

With the withdrawal of North Korea, the group's 11 teams were reduced to only two teams, Japan and Cambodia. On the other hand, the change will not affect the Emirates team, which plays in Group E, along with Oman, India and Kyrgyzstan.

Qualifying matches are scheduled to be played in October.

The Continental Confederation said that it will make a draw to transfer one team from one of the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth groups, to be placed in the 11th group, setting next August 11 as the date of the draw.

Regarding the draw process, he explained in his statement: “The draw will be through a bowl that includes all the teams in groups from the seventh to the tenth, with the exception of the teams ranked first in each group and the host teams, in order to avoid an imbalance in the groups, and to avoid affecting the hosting arrangements that took place. When the draw is drawn on the ninth of this July.” He continued: “Accordingly, the draw includes eight teams, namely: China and Brunei Darussalam (Group Seven), East Timor and the Philippines (Group H), Myanmar and Hong Kong (Group Nine), Malaysia and Laos. (the tenth group). The team whose name is drawn in the draw will be moved to the first place in Group Eleven to replace North Korea, so that the group includes three teams, while the number of teams in one of the groups will be reduced from seven to ten to include three, and there will be no change in the women’s competition.” .

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