Iran as well as the other twenty nations learned their opponents for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifiers when the official draw was held in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday.
Iran women football national team has been drawn in Group D of the meet along with host Vietnam, Myanmar, Syria and Singapore.
The squads to take part in the tourney are the Korea Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, India, Palestine, DPR Korea, Guam, Iraq, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan and the UAE, the-afc.com reported.
Groups are as follows
Group A: A1. Jordan, A2. Philippines, A3. Bahrain A4. Iraq, A5. UAE, A6. Tajikistan (host)
Group B: B1. Korea Republic, B2. Uzbekistan, B3 Hong Kong, B4. India, B5. DPR Korea (host)
Group C: C1. Thailand, C2. Chinese Taipei, C3. Lebanon, C4. Palestine (host), C5. Guam
Group D: D1. Vietnam (host), D2. Myanmar, D3. IR Iran, D4. Syria, D5. Singapore
The three highest-ranked women’s national teams from the last AFC Women’s Asian Cup — Japan, Australia and China PR — received automatic qualification into the eight-team finals. The group winners of each of the four qualifying groups will qualify for the finals in Jordan.
Jordan as host also received automatic qualification, but it has expressed interest to participate in the qualifiers. Therefore, in case it finishes top of its qualifying group, the runner-up team will also advance to the final competition. The qualifiers will kick off on April 3, 2017.
The finals, which will be held from April 7 to 22, 2018, will also serve as the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.