- Draw for the first round of AFC qualifiers took place on Wednesday
- The event was live streamed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- The June qualifiers will feature six home and away matches
A milestone on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ took place on Wednesday 17 April when the draw for the first round of AFC qualifiers was conducted at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The June qualifiers will feature six home and away matches, with part of the overall campaign to double as 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying.
Malaysia, Cambodia, Macau, Laos, Bhutan and Mongolia were seeded as the draw’s top six sides who have the challenging task of facing possible opponents – Bangladesh, Guam, Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for a place in the next qualifying round.
“For only the second time in history, the world’s biggest footballing stage returns to Asia in Qatar 2022," said AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. "As we have seen in the last year, Qatar is leaving nothing to chance in staging a truly magnificent spectacle.
“And what better way to kick-start this exciting journey, than right here in our great Continent. On behalf of the Asian football family, I wish all our teams the very best of luck and I am confident we will witness another thrilling qualifying campaign.”
You can relive the draw and watch how it all unfolded in the video below.