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

Brisbane | The Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) has ratified the brand new format of the qualifying match following a rise within the quota for the 48-team World Cup to be held in 2026. Asian soccer’s governing physique, the AFC, issued an announcement on Monday saying there can be a four-round qualifying system for eight straight locations and one intercontinental play-off spot. After the rise within the variety of groups within the World Cup, the quota of AFC has additionally elevated.

Below the brand new system, groups ranked from twenty sixth to forty seventh in Asia will compete within the first spherical of qualifying, with the highest 11 groups becoming a member of the highest 25 groups. There shall be a second spherical match between these 36 groups, which shall be based mostly on the match at dwelling and opponent’s floor. For this, 36 groups shall be divided into 9 teams. The highest two groups from every group will advance to the third spherical. These 18 groups shall be divided into three teams of six groups which is able to play on a spherical robin foundation.

The highest two groups from every group will qualify instantly for the World Cup to be held in the US, Canada and Mexico. The third and fourth positioned groups shall be divided into two teams of three groups every. The successful group of those teams will get a direct place within the World Cup. Each the runners-up groups will play the play-offs and the successful group will get an opportunity to play the Intercontinental Play from Asia.
Solely 4 groups from Asia have gotten direct entry for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.

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