FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Schedule, Teams, Draw, Points Table- Full Details

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Schedule: We will discuss the details of AFC FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers by covering team information, fixture schedules, and qualification procedures in our article.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Overview

EventFIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC
ConfederationAsian Football Confederation (AFC)
Start Date12 October 2023
End DateNovember 2025
AFC Teams46

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Schedule

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Schedule teams

The competition for FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC schedule started on October 12, 2023 with total 46 teams, and will go on until November 2025. In this competition, the teams will compete for 8 direct slots and 1 team will participate in an inter-confederation play-offs for a spot in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The draw for the first round and second round of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC tournament took place on July 27, 2023.

  • The teams ranked 1 to 26 automatically qualified for the second round without participating in the first round.
  • In the first round, teams ranked 27 to 46 competed against each other based on the draw results. Out of the 20 first-round teams, 10 advanced to the second round after playing first and second legs.

This tournament includes a total of five rounds, with the first two rounds also serving as the qualification process for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Affiliated Teams

The 46 nations from AFC Confederations are ranked according to their FIFA World Rankings.

The first round (B Column) qualified teams for the second round (A Column) are highlighted in bold.

Second Round Direct Qualifiers (A Column)First Round Competitors (B Column)
1. Japan (20)
2. Iran (22)
3. Australia (27)
4. South Korea (28)
5. Saudi Arabia (54)
6. Qatar (59)
7. Iraq (70)
8. United Arab Emirates (72)
9. Oman (73)
10. Uzbekistan (74)
11. China (80
12. Jordan (82)
13. Bahrain (86)
14. Syria (94)
15. Vietnam (95)
16. Palestine (96)
17. Kyrgyzstan (97)
18. India (99)
19. Lebanon (100)
20. Tajikistan (110)
21. Thailand (113)
22. North Korea (115)
23. Philippines (135)
24. Malaysia (136)
25. Kuwait (137)
26. Turkmenistan (138)
27. Hong Kong (149)
28. Indonesia (150)
29. Chinese Taipei (153)
30. Maldives (155)
31. Yemen (156)
32. Afghanistan (157)
33. Singapore (158)
34. Myanmar (160)
35. Nepal (175)
36. Cambodia (176)
37. Macau (182)
38. Mongolia (183)
39. Bhutan (185)
40. Laos (187)
41. Bangladesh (189)
42. Brunei (190)
43. Timor-Leste (192)
44. Pakistan (201)
45. Guam (203)
46. Sri Lanka (204)

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC First Round Teams

Pot 1Pot 2
Hong Kong (149)Macau (182)
28. Indonesia (150)Mongolia (183)
Chinese Taipei (153)Bhutan (185)
Maldives (155)Laos (187)
Yemen (156)Bangladesh (189)
Afghanistan (157)Brunei (190)
Singapore (158)Timor-Leste (192)
Myanmar (160)Pakistan (201)
Nepal (175)Guam (203)
Cambodia (176)Sri Lanka (204)
#Team1st Leg2nd LegAggregate ScoreWinner
1Afghanistan vs Mongolia1-01-02-0Afghanistan
2Maldives vs Bangladesh1-11-22-3Bangladesh
3Singapore vs Guam2-11-03-1Singapore
4Yemen vs Sri Lanka3-01-14-1Yemen
5Myanmar vs Macau5-10-05-1Myanmar
6Cambodia vs Pakistan0-00-10-1Pakistan
7Chinese Taipei vs Timor-Leste4-03-07-0Chinese Taipei
8Indonesia vs Brunei6-06-012-0Indonesia
9Hong Kong vs Bhutan4-00-24-2Hong Kong
10Nepal vs Laos1-11-02-1Nepal

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Second Round Teams

The table below shows the direct qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC in the second round, with teams in Pot 1, 2, and 3, along with the 10 first-round winners placed in Pot 4.

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
1. Japan
2. Iran
3. Australia
4. South Korea
5. Saudi Arabia
6. Qatar
7. Iraq
8. United Arab Emirates
9. Oman
10. Uzbekistan
11. China
12. Jordan
13. Bahrain
14. Syria
15.Vietnam
16.Palestine
17. Kyrgyzstan
18. India
19. Lebanon
20. Tajikistan
21. Thailand
22. North Korea
23. Phillipines
24. Malaysia
25. Kuwait
26.Turkmenistan
27. Hong Kong
28. Indonesia
29. Chinese Taipei
30. Yemen
31. Afghanistan
32. Singapore
33. Myanmar
34. Nepal
35. Bangladesh
36. Pakistan

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Second Round Fixture

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Schedule Fixtures

RoundMatchdayDate
First RoundFirst leg

Second leg
12 Oct 2023

17 Oct 2023
Second RoundMatchday 1

Matchday 2

Matchday 3

Matchday 4

Matchday 5

Matchday 6
16 Nov 2023

21 Nov 2023

21 Mar 2024

26 Mar 2024

06 Jun 2024

11 Jun 2024
Third RoundMatchday 1

Matchday 2

Matchday 3

Matchday 4

Matchday 5

Matchday 6

Matchday 7

Matchday 8

Matchday 9

Matchday 10

05 Sep 2024

10 Sep 2024

10 Oct 2024

15 Oct 2024

14 Nov 2024

19 Nov 2024

20 Mar 2025

25 Mar 2025

05 Jun 2025

10 Jun 2025
Fourth RoundMatchday 1

Matchday 2

Matchday 3
Oct 2025
Fifth RoundFirst Leg

Second Leg
Nov 2025
DateTeamResult
16 Nov 2023Qatar vs Afghanistan8-1
16 Nov 2023Kuwait vs India0-1
21 Nov 2023Afghanistan vs Kuwait
21 Nov 2023India vs Qatar
21 Mar 2024Afghanistan vs India
21 Mar 2024Qatar vs Kuwait
26 Mar 2024India vs Afghanistan
26 Mar 2024Kuwait vs Qatar
06 Jun 2024Afghanistan vs Qatar
06 Jun 2024India vs Quwait
11 Jun 2024Qatar vs India
11 Jun 2024Kuwait vs Afghanistan
DateTeamResult
16 Nov 2023Japan vs Myanmar5-0
16 Nov 2023Syria vs North Korea1-0
21 Nov 2023Myanmar vs North Korea
21 Nov 2023Syria vs Japan
21 Mar 2024Myanmar vs Syria
21 Mar 2024Japan vs North Korea
26 Mar 2024Syria vs Myanmar
26 Mar 2024North Korea vs Japan
06 Jun 2024Myanmar vs Japan
06 Jun 2024North Korea vs Syria
11 Jun 2024Japan vs Syria
11 Jun 2024North Korea vs Myanmar
DateTeamResult
16 Nov 2023South Korea vs Singapore5-0
16 Nov 2023Thailand vs China2-1
21 Nov 2023Singapore vs Thailand
21 Nov 2023China vs South Korea
21 Mar 2024Singapore vs China
21 Mar 2024South Korea vs Thailand
26 Mar 2024China vs Singapore
26 Mar 2024Thailand vs South Korea
06 Jun 2024Singapore vs South Korea
06 Jun 2024China vs Thailand
11 Jun 2024South Korea vs China
11 Jun 2024Thailand vs Singapore
DateTeamsResult
16 Nov 2023Oman vs Chines Taipei3-0
16 Nov 2023Malaysia vs Kyrgyzstan4-3
21 Nov 2023Chinese Taipei vs Malaysia
21 Nov 2023Kyrgyzstan vs Oman
21 Mar 2024Chinese Taipei vs Kyrgyzstan
21 Mar 2024Oman vs Malaysia
26 Mar 2024Kyrgyzstan vs Chinese Taipei
26 Mar 2024Malaysia vs Oman
06 Jun 204Chinese Taipei vs Oman
06 Jun 2024Kyrgyzstan vs Malaysia
11 Jun 2024Oman vs Kyrgyzstan
11 Jun 2024Malaysia vs Chinese Taipei
DateTeamResult
16 Nov 2023Iran vs Hong Kong4-0
16 Nov 2023Turkmenistan vs Uzbekistan
21 Nov 2023Hong Kong vs Turkmenistan
21 Nov 2023Uzbekistan vs Iran
21 Mar 2024Hong Kong vs Uzbekistan
21 Mar 2024Iran vs Turkmenistan
26 Mar 2024Uzbekistan vs Hong Kong
26 Mar 2024Turkmenistan vs Iran
06 Jun 2024Hong Kong vs Iran
06 Jun 2024Uzbekistan vs Turkmenistan
11 Jun 2024Iran vs Uzbekistan
11 Jun 2024Turkmenistan vs Hong Kong
DateTeamsResult
16 Nov 2023Iraq vs Indonesia
16 Nov 2023Philippines vs Vietnam
21 Nov 2023Philippines vs Indonesia
21 Nov 2023Vietnam vs Iraq
21 Mar 2024Indonesia vs Vietnam
21 Mar 2024Iraq vs Philippines
26 Mar 2024Vietnam vs Indonesia
26 Mar 2024Philippines vs Iraq
06 Jun 2024Indonesia vs Iraq
06 Jun 2024Vietnam vs Philippines
11 Jun 2024Iraq vs Vietnam
11 Jun 2024Indonesia vs Philippines
DateTeamsResult
16 Nov 2023Saudi Arabia vs Pakistan
16 Nov 2023Tajikistan vs Jordan
21 Nov 2023Pakistan vs Tajikistan
21 Nov 2023Jordan vs Saudi Arabia
21 Mar 2024Pakistan vs Jordan
21 Mar 2024Saudi Arabia vs Tajikistan
26 Mar 2024Jordan vs Pakistan
26 Mar 2024Tajikistan vs Saudi Arabia
06 Jun 2024Pakistan vs Saudi Arabia
06 Jun 2024Jordan vs Tajikistan
11 Jun 2024Saudi Arabia vs Jordan
11 Jun 2024Tajikistan vs Pakistan
DateTeamsResult
16 Nov 2023United Arab Emirates vs Nepal
16 Nov 2023Yemen vs Bahrain
21 Nov 2023Nepal vs Yemen
21 Nov 2023Bahrain vs United Arab Emirates
21 Mar 2024Nepal vs Bahrain
21 Mar 2024United Arab Emirates vs Yemen
26 Mar 2024Bahrain vs Nepal
26 Mar 2024Yemen vs United Arab Emirates
06 Jun 2024Nepal vs United Arab Emirates
06 Jun 2024Bahrain vs Yemen
11 Jun 2024United Arab Emirates vs Bahrain
11 Jun 2024Yemen vs Nepal
DateTeamsResult
16 Nov 2023Australia vs Bangladesh
16 Nov 2023Lebanon vs Palestine
21 Nov 2023Bangladesh vs Lebanon
21 Nov 2023Palestine vs Australia
21 Mar 2024Bangladesh vs Palestine
21 Mar 2024Australia vs Lebanon
26 Mar 2024Palestine vs Bangladesh
26 Mar 2024Lebanon vs Australia
06 Jun 2024Bangladesh vs Australia
06 Jun 2024Palestine vs Lebanon
11 Jun 2024Australia vs Palestine
11 Jun 2024Lebanon vs Bangladesh

Second Round Points Table | FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC

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Qatar
India
Kuwait
Afghanistan



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Japan
Syria
North Korea
Myanmar
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South Korea
China
Thailand
Singapore
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Oman
Kyrgyzstan
Malaysia
Chinese Taipei
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Iran
Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan
Hong Kong
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Iraq
Vietnam
Philippines
Indonesia
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Saudi Arabia
Jordan
Tajikistan
Pakistan
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United Arab Emirates
Bahrain
Yemen
Nepal
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Australia
Palestine
Lebanon
Bangladesh

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FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Match Format

What is the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualification AFC Match Format?

According to the announcement by the officials on August 1, 2022, the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualification AFC format includes the allocation of 8 teams a direct qualifiers and one team as a play-off qualifier for the finals.

  1. First Round:
    • A total of 20 teams, ranked 27–46 teams competed home-and-away matches.
    • The 10 winning team qualified to the second round, while the other 10 defeated teams gain eligibility for the AFC Asian Cup 2027 Qualification play-off round (9) and participation in the AFC Solidarity Cup.
  2. Second Round:
    • The competition will feature a total of 36 teams, consisting of 26 teams with direct qualification and the ten winners from the first round.
    • These teams are grouped into nine, each consisting of four teams, and they will compete against each other in home-and-away fixtures.
    • The top teams and the runners-up from each group will move to the third round and also securing their direct qualification for the AFC Asian Cup.
  3. Third Round:
    • The 18 winner teams from the second round will be divided into three groups, each consisting of six teams. They will compete in home-and-away fixtures within their respective groups.
    • The first and second-placed teams in each group (6 teams) will get direct qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, whereas the third and fourth placed teams will proceed to the fourth round.
  4. Fourth Round:
    • The six teams that finished 3rd and 4th position in the third round will be divided into two groups, each consisting of three teams. These teams will have a single match against each other at a neutral venue.
    • The 2 group winners will earn direct spot in the World Cup, while the second-placed teams in each group will move on to the fifth round.
  5. Fifth Round:
    • The 2nd placed teams in the fourth round groups will play home-and-away competition over two legs to decide the Asian representative for the inter-confederation play-offs.

Inter-Confederations Play-offs

What is the Inter confederation play-offs in FIFA World Cup Qualification?

The Inter-Confederation play-offs is the final matches to decide the last two spots in the 32-team tournament.

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FAQs

1. How many AFC teams will secure slots in the 2026 FIFA World Cup?

There are a total of 46 teams, out of those teams only 8 teams will directly qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2026 and one team will participate in a play-off for their spot.

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