Asia’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers drawn, features continent’s lowest ranked national teamsFIFA President Gianni Infantino is keen to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams; so the number of participating teams is still not clear.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service ZurichApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 12:17 IST The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2 of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September (Photo: @FIFAWorldCup)HIGHLIGHTSThe draw featured the region’s 12 lowest ranked national teamsThe 12 nations will contest over two legs scheduled for June 6 and June 11The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2, in SeptemberThe draw for the first phase of Asia’s qualifying round for the World Cup in 2022 was made on Wednesday, featuring the continent’s lowest ranked nations.FIFA is still not clear as to how many teams will participate in the tournament with president Gianni Infantino keen on his plan to expand the tournament from 32 to 48 teams.Infantino also wants to potentially share the hosting duties originally awarded to Qatar with other nations in the Middle East.Oman and Kuwait are the other likely candidates who want to host the showpiece event and a decision will be made at the FIFA congress in Paris on June 5 over the final number of participants and format of the competition.AFC Round 1 #WCQ draw:Mongolia v Brunei-Darussalam Macau v Sri Lanka Laos v Bangladesh Malaysia v Timor-Leste Cambodia v Pakistan Bhutan v Guam Matches to be scheduled to be played June 6 and 11Read more https://t.co/cTCtYApsK5 pic.twitter.com/rQzC431PV1 FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) April 17, 2019Despite the uncertainty, Asian football officials conducted the draw for the first round of the continent’s qualifying tournament.The draw featured the region’s 12 lowest ranked national teams.Guam will take on Bhutan, while Pakistan are slated to meet Cambodia.Malaysia will play East Timor, while Laos take on Bangladesh, Macau face Sri Lanka and Brunei face off against Mongolia.The 12 nations will contest over two legs scheduled for June 6 and June 11.The six respective winners will join Asia’s top 34 teams in Round 2, which will commence in September.advertisementThe six matches will be the first 2022 World Cup qualifiers to be played worldwide.Matches in Rounds 1 and 2 will double as part of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign.Qatar 2022 will be the second World Cup to be played in Asia following Korea/Japan 2002.AFC Round 1 draw:Mongolia v Brunei-Darussalam; Macau v Sri Lanka; Laos v Bangladesh; Malaysia v Timor-Leste; Cambodia v Pakistan; Bhutan v GuamAlso Read | Ajax knock out Juventus to enter first Champions League semifinal since 1997Also Read | Messi fires Barcelona into Champions League semis after 3-0 win vs Manchester UnitedAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World CupFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow FIFA World CupFollow World Cup qualifiersFollow Football World CupFollow Qatar 2022 World Cup Next
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