The next edition of the tournament is scheduled to be played in 2022 in Uzebekistan.

Watch: AFC U23 Asian Cup qualifiers draw live

1:00 Final Group E is UAE, Oman, India and Kyrgyz Republic.

12:59 Bangladesh in Group D. Oman joins Group E, Palestine joins Group F.

12:58 India is picked for Group E with UAE and Kyrgyz Republic.

12:57 Yemen is drawn in Group A. Lebanon gets in Group B, Afghanistan picked for Group C.

12:56 Maldives join Bahrain in Group C, Uzebekistan goes with Kuwait in Group D, Kyrgyz Republic join Group E with Jordan.

12:55 Nepal join Tajikistan in Group C.

12:54 Sri Lanka joins Qatar in Group A.

12:51 Kuwait in Group D, UAE in Group E, Jordan in Group F of western zone.

12:50 Tajikistan gets in Group B, Bahrain is draw in Group C of western zone.

12:50 Qatar is drawn in Group A of western zone.

12:46 India is in pot 3 of West zone with Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Lebanon and Yemen.

12:45 Pakistan is suspended. Bhutan and Macau have withdrawn from the competition.

12:40 42 teams will be participating in the qualifiers. The format for the tournament will be centralised groups (nine groups of four teams and two groups of three teams). Group winners and runners up teams (total 11) will advance to the quarter finals.

12:35 The draw is starting, the participants will be divided in two zones in this year’s qualification – west and east.


The AFC U-23 Asian Cup, which will be organized between June 1-22, 2022 in Uzbekistan, will be the fifth edition of the tournament. South Korea, the defending champions will be participating in the tournament, along with 15 other teams.

India have never qualified for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup in their history. The closest they came to qualify for the tournament was in 2013, when they finished at the fourth place in qualification Group A, behind Iraq, UAE and Oman with 7 points.

The Indian football team had won two games, against Lebanon and Turkmenistan, during the qualifications in 2013. Apart from those two wins, the Blue Tigers have been able to win only one game in the next three editions of qualifying rounds, beating Turkmenistan in 2017.

The draw for the 2022 edition of the AFC U-23 Asian Cup will be taking place on June 9. Watch it with Khel Now.

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