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Asian (AFC) 2026 World Cup qualifying schedule, results, table

Asian qualifying for the 2026 World Cup will be a long journey, a gauntlet that will require — at a minimum — multiple group stages.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will put eight teams directly into the 2026 World Cup, with a ninth team going to the inter-confederation playoffs in hopes of making the tournament.

[ MORE: How will 48-team 2026 World Cup work? ]

Only Africa and Europe will put more teams in the 2026 World Cup.

Current Premier League players Heung-min Son (Spurs, South Korea), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton, Japan), and Saman Ghoddos (Brentford, Iran) are among those who will see their World Cup hopes rise and fall over the next three years — though all play on national teams favored to qualify for the tournament.

Below you’ll find the format, scores, and — eventually — tables, as dozens of nations bid to turn their World Cup dreams into reality.


Asian (AFC) 2026 World Cup qualification format

  • First round (Oct. 11-17, 2023): 20 teams, home-and-away
  • Second round (Nov. 2023 - June 2024): 36 teams, nine groups, top two from each group advance
  • Third round (begins Sept. 2024): 18 teams, three groups, top two from each group qualify for World Cup, third- and fourth-place teams to fourth round
  • Fourth round (begins Oct. 2025): Six teams, two groups, group winners qualify for World Cup, second-place teams to fifth round
  • Fifth round (November 2025): Two teams, winner goes to inter-confederation playoffs

Asian (AFC) 2026 World Cup qualification schedule — Next second round fixtures

June 6, 2024

Hong Kong 2-4 Iran
Jordan 3-0 Tajikistan
Chinese Taipei 0-3 Oman
Afghanistan 0-0 Qatar
Palestine 0-0 Lebanon
Bahrain 0-0 Yemen
Uzbekistan 3-1 Turkmenistan
Pakistan 0-3 Saudi Arabia
Kyrgyzstan 1-1 Malaysia
Indonesia 0-2 Iraq
Vietnam 3-2 Philippines
Singapore 0-7 South Korea
Bangladesh 0-2 Australia
Myanmar 0-5 Japan
India 0-0 Kuwait
Nepal 0-4 UAE
China 1-1 Thailand
North Korea 1-0 Syria

June 11, 2024

North Korea 4-1 Myanmar
Turkmenistan 0-0 Hong Kong
Oman 1-1 Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan 3-0 Pakistan
Australia 5-0 Palestine
Thailand 3-1 Singapore
Qatar 2-1 India
Lebanon 4-0 Bangladesh
Malaysia 3-1 Chinese Taipei
Indonesia 2-0 Philippines
Japan 5-0 Syria
South Korea 1-0 China
Kuwait 1-0 Afghanistan
Iran 0-0 Uzbekistan
Iraq 3-1 Vietnam
UAE 1-1 Bahrain
Yemen 2-2 Nepal
Saudi Arabia 1-2 Jordan


Asian (AFC) 2026 World Cup qualification tables — Second round groups

Group A

  1. Qatar — 5-1-0 — +15 GD — 16 points
  2. Kuwait — 2-1-3 — 0 GD — 7 points
  3. India — 1-2-3 — -4 GD — 5 points
  4. Afghanistan — 1-2-3 — -11 GD — 5 points

Group B

  1. Japan — 6-0-0 — +24 GD — 18 points
  2. North Korea — 3-0-3 — +4 GD — 9 points
  3. Syria — 2-1-3 — -3 GD — 7 points
  4. Myanmar — 0-1-5 — -25 GD — 1 point

Group C

  1. South Korea — 5-1-0 — +19 GD — 16 points
  2. China— 2-2-2 — 0 GD — 8 points* - China ahead of Thailand on head-to-head points
  3. Thailand — 2-2-2 — 0 GD — 8 points
  4. Singapore — 0-1-5 — -19 GD — 1 point

Group D

  1. Oman — 4-1-1 — +9 GD — 13 points
  2. Kyrgyzstan — 3-2-1 — +6 GD — 11 points
  3. Malaysia — 3-1-2 — 0 GD — 10 points
  4. Chinese Taipei — 0-0-6 — -15 GD — 0 points

Group E

  1. Iran — 4-2-0 — +12 GD — 14 points
  2. Uzbekistan — 4-2-0 — +9 GD — 14 points
  3. Turkmenistan — 0-2-4 — -10 GD — 2 points
  4. Hong Kong — 0-2-4 — -11 GD — 2 points

Group F

  1. Iraq — 6-0-0 — +15 GD — 18 points
  2. Indonesia — 3-1-2 — 0 GD — 10 points
  3. Vietnam — 2-0-4 — -4 GD — 6 points
  4. Philippines — 0-1-5 — -11 GD — 1 point

Group G

  1. Jordan — 4-1-1 — +12 GD — 13 points
  2. Saudi Arabia — 4-1-1 — +9 GD — 13 points
  3. Tajikistan — 2-2-2— +4 GD — 8 points
  4. Pakistan — 0-0-6 — -25 GD — 0 points

Group H

  1. United Arab Emirates — 5-1-0 — +14 GD — 16 points
  2. Bahrain — 3-2-1 — +8 GD — 11points
  3. Yemen — 1-2-3 — -4 GD — 5 points
  4. Nepal — 0-1-5 — -18 GD — 1 points

Group I

  1. Australia — 6-0-0 — +22 GD — 18 points
  2. Palestine — 2-2-2 — 0 GD — 8 points
  3. Lebanon — 1-3-2 — -3 GD — 6 points
  4. Bangladesh — 0-1-5 — -19 GD — 1 point

Asian (AFC) World Cup qualification schedule — First round fixtures, results

October 11

Afghanistan 1-0 Mongolia

Maldives 1-1 Bangladesh

Singapore 2-1 Guam

Yemen 3-0 Sri Lanka

Myanmar 5-1 Macau

Cambodia 0-0 Pakistan

Chinese Taipei 4-0 Timor-Leste

Indonesia 6-0 Brunei

Hong Kong 4-0 Bhutan

Nepal 1-1 Laos

October 17

Mongolia 0-1 (0-2 agg) Afghanistan

Bangladesh 2-1 (3-2 agg) Maldives

Guam 0-1 (1-3 agg) Singapore

Sri Lanka 1-1 (1-4 agg) Yemen

Macau 0-0 (1-5 agg) Myanmar

Pakistan 1-0 (1-0 agg) Cambodia

Timor-Leste 0-3 (0-7 agg) Chinese Taipei

Brunei 0-6 (0-12 agg) Indonesia

Bhutan 2-0 (2-4 agg) Hong Kong

Laos 0-1 (1-2 agg) Nepal

Asian (AFC) 2026 World Cup qualification schedule — Second round results

November 16

Australia 7-0 Bangladesh
Japan 5-0 Myanmar
South Korea 5-0 Singapore
Philippines 0-2 Vietnam
Thailand 1-2 China
Malaysia 4-3 Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan 1-1 Jordan
Turkmenistan 1-3 Uzbekistan
Lebanon 0-0 Palestine
Iran 4-0 Hong Kong
Iraq 5-1 Indonesia
Oman 3-0 Chinese Taipei
UAE 4-0 Nepal
Qatar 8-1 Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia 4-0 Pakistan
Kuwait 0-1 India
Syria 1-0 North Korea
Yemen 0-2 Bahrain

November 21

Pakistan 1-6 Tajikistan
Myanmar 1-6 North Korea
Philippines 1-1 Indonesia
Chinese Taipei 0-1 Malaysia
Bangladesh 1-1 Lebanon
Singapore 1-3 Thailand
Vietnam 0-1 Iraq
China 0-3 South Korea
Hong Kong 2-2 Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan 2-2 Iran
Nepal 0-2 Yemen
India 0-3 Qatar
Palestine 0-1 Australia
Kyrgyzstan 1-0 Oman
Syria 0-5 Japan
Bahrain 0-2 UAE
Jordan 0-2 Saudi Arabia
Afghanistan 0-4 Kuwait

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Pakistan 0-3 Jordan

Australia 2-0 Lebanon

Chinese Taipei 0-2 Kyrgyzstan

Japan 1-0 North Korea

South Korea 1-1 Thailand

Myanmar 1-1 Syria

Hong Kong 0-2 Uzbekistan

Singapore 2-2 China

Indonesia 1-0 Vietnam

Iran 5-0 Turkmenistan

Oman 2-0 Malaysia

UAE 2-1 Yemen

Qatar 3-0 Kuwait

Palestine 5-0 Bangladesh

Iraq 1-0 Philippines

Nepal 0-5 Bahrain

Saudi Arabia 1-0 Tajikistan

Afghanistan 0-0 India

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

North Korea vs Japan — Postponed

Lebanon 0-5 Australia

Bangladesh 0-1 Palestine

Philippines 0-5 Iraq

China 4-1 Singapore

Vietnam 0-3 Indonesia

Thailand 0-3 South Korea

India 1-2 Afghanistan

Kyrgyzstan 5-1 Chinese Taipei

Malaysia 0-2 Oman

Uzbekistan 3-0 Hong Kong

Turkmenistan 0-1 Iran

Tajikistan 1-1 Saudi Arabia

Bangladesh 0-1 Palestine

Yemen 0-3 UAE

Bahrain 3-0 Nepal

Kuwait 1-2 Qatar

Syria 7-0 Myanmar

Jordan 7-0 Tajikistan