76 days to go to the AFC Asian Cup, UAE 2019

Oceania targets AFC as route to future World Cup finals

Frank van Hattum

By Andrew Warshaw
November 29 – Oceania, by far the weakest confederation in world football and predominantly made up of tiny island nations, wants to give itself a better chance of World Cup qualification by combining its playoff pathway with that of the Asian Football Confederation. The AFC is currently allocated four automatic qualifying slots, with the fifth-placed Asian team going into an intercontinental playoff. Oceania, by contrast, has no direct route to the finals, with one single playoff berth for its regional champion.

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