January 19 – Hosts Thailand will face 2006 champions Bahrain, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia in Group A of the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup 2023.
In the group stage draw conducted today at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, defending champions and three-time winners Japan, were drawn with Lebanon, China PR and Indonesia in Group C.
The top three teams from the AFC championship qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup UAE 2023.
The UAE, two-times winner of the AFC finals, were the top seeds in Group B and were drawn with Iran – also a two-time winner – Malaysia and Uzbekistan.
Group D will feature 2015 winners Oman, Palestine, Kuwait and Kyrgyz Republic.
Group winners and runners-up will qualify for the knockout rounds, starting with quarter finals. The World Cup qualifiers will be the two finalists plus the winners of the third-placed play-off.
The finals in Pattaya (March 16-26) will be the 10th edition of the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup which is returning after a four-break due to the covid-forced cancellation of the 2021 championship that had initially been scheduled for Thailand.
Group A: Thailand, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia
Group B: UAE, IR Iran, Malaysia, Uzbekistan
Group C: Japan, Lebanon, China PR, Indonesia
Group D: Oman, Palestine, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic
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