2019 Asian Cup Draw - When, where, how! All you need to know

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The 17th edition of the quadrennial international championship of Asia will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early next year.

The tournament will feature 24 teams from the Asian continent and India are one of them, having topped their third round qualification group consisting of Myanmar, Macau and the Kyrgyz Republic. This will be the Asian Cup's biggest edition to date. 

India Macau 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers
India Macau 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers
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Australia are the defending champions, having won the edition in 2015. 

The draw for the tournament will play a crucial role in how the Asian Cup unfolds. So, when is the draw? Where is the draw? 

Format

The group stages of the tournament will see the 24 teams drawn into six groups of four each (Groups A-F).

16 teams will qualify to the knockout stages from the groups. Which means the top two teams from each group and four best third-placed teams will go through to the knockout stages. 

When and where is the draw?

The draw will take place at the Dubai Opera in Dubai on May 4, 2018. 

Venue

Dubai Opera, Dubai (UAE)

Date

Friday, May 4

 

 Pots 

The 24 teams have been divided into four pots consisting of six teams each according to their FIFA rankings of April 2018. Each group will have a team from each of the four pots.

Hosts UAE will be placed in Pot 1 along with the heavyweights of the continent and will be drawn first to take up a slot in Group A. The rest of the teams will be drawn at random. 

Here are the four pots: 

Pot 1

Pot 2

UAE

China

Iran

Kyrgyzstan

Australia

Syria

Japan

Lebanon

Republic of Korea

Palestine

Saudi Arabia

Oman

Pot 3

Pot 4

Uzbekistan

Philippines

Iraq

Bahrain

India

Jordan

Qatar

Thailand

Vietnam

Yemen

DPR Korea

Turkmenistan

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