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2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifying First Round: Teams, Schedule, Format

Fasten your seatbelts, AFC is all set to start its two-year-long 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification process!

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first World Cup to feature 48 teams, and as a result, there will be more opportunities for teams from Asia to qualify for the tournament. This is a great chance for these teams to make their mark on the world stage. The first round of the AFC Qualification Route begins on 12th October and goes on till 17th. Scroll down to read more on the format, teams, and more. Also Read: Mesut Ozil Tattoo: How Has Ozil Landed In Fresh New Controversy?

2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifying First Round


The First Round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 AFC Qualifying will feature twenty teams. The teams belong to the Asian rank of 27-46. The twenty teams are divided into ten match-ups. Each team will play a home-and-away over two legs. The winner of each game advances to the second round.


Southeast Asia: Indonesia (150), Singapore (158), Myanmar (160), Cambodia (176), Laos (187), Brunei-Darussalam (190), Timor-Leste (192).

Central Asia: Afghanistan (157).

East Asia: Hong Kong (149), Chinese Taipei (153), Macau (182), Mongolia (183), Guam (203).

South Asia: Maldives (155), Nepal (175), Bhutan (185), Bangladesh (189), Pakistan (201), Sri Lanka (204).

Western Asia: Yemen (156).


Match1st legVenue2nd legVenue
Afghanistan vs Mongolia12th October 202317th October 2023MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar
Maldives vs Bangladesh12th October 2023National Football Stadium, Male17th October 2023Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Singapore vs Guam 12th October 202317th October 2023GFA National Training Center, Dededo
Yemen vs Sri Lanka12th October 202317th October 2023
Myanmar vs Macau12th October 2023Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon17th October 2023Estadio Campo Desportivo, Taipa
Cambodia vs Pakistan12th October 2023Morodok Techo National Stadium, Phnom Penh17th October 2023
Chinese Taipei vs Timor-Leste12th October 2023National Stadium Kaohsiung17th October 2023National Stadium, Dili
Indonesia vs Brunei12th October 2023Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta17th October 2023

Hassanal Bolkiah National Satdium, Bandar Seri Bagawan
Hong Kong vs Bhutan12th October 2023Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong17th October 2023Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu
Nepal vs Laos12th October 2023Dasharath Rangasala, Kathmandu 17th October 2023New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane

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Mohammed Bazim
Mohammed Bazim
Mohammed Bazim S is a final-year Journalism student with a deep passion for sports reporting. At the age of 19, he is already making strides towards his dream of becoming a paddock reporter and rinkside correspondent. With a particular love for ice hockey and Formula 1, Mohammed aspires to capture the excitement of these sports through immersive reporting. His enthusiasm, coupled with his dedication to honing his skills, sets him on a path towards bringing the thrilling world of sports to life for fans worldwide.

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