Asia redesigns 48-team qualifying format for 2026 World Cup

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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) asianbookie has confirmed a new qualifying format to expand its direct participation to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup.

Asian football’s governing body said in a statement on Monday that a four-round qualifying system had been devised in preparation for the expanded World Cup’s eight direct seats and one intercontinental playoff seat allocated to the AFC.

The AFC explains the path to the 2026 FIFA World Cup, bk8 which will take place from June 8 to July 3 in 16 cities in three countries: Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Combined Qualifier Round 1:

The 22 teams ranked 26th to 47th will face off at home and away, with the 11 winners advancing to the second qualifying round.

Preliminary Combined Qualification Round 2:

The 36 teams – ranked from 1 to 25 and the 11 winning teams from the first round – will be divided into nine groups of four teams, each group will play a round-robin match, home and away games, with the top two teams each. The group of 18 will advance to the AFC Asian Qualifiers.

AFC Asian Qualifiers:

Subsequently, the 18 teams that also automatically qualified for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup will be divided into three groups of 6 teams, and will compete in a round-robin, bk8 malaysia home and away format, with the top two teams in each group—6 teams Overall – direct promotion to the tournament.

Asian playoffs:

The final round will feature the third and fourth-placed teams from all groups in the AFC Asian Qualifiers – a total of six teams. The six teams will be divided into two groups of three teams in a single round robin format.

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