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Asia (AFC): 4.5 spots. 46 teams will compete for 4 direct places. The winner of the other 0.5 place would progress to the Inter-confederation playoff.

 
                                           
                                           
  FIRST ROUND: Playoff Format  
                                           
                                           

A total of 12 teams (teams ranked 35–46) will play home-and-away over two legs. 

The first round draw has been scheduled to take place on 10 February 2015

 
     
     
 
Ranked
Flag
Team
35
  India
36
  Sri Lanka
37
  Yemen
38
  Cambodia
39
  Chinese-Taipei
40
  Timor-Leste
41
  Nepal
42
  Macau
43
  Pakistan
44
  Mongolia
45
  Brunei
46
  Bhutan
 
     
     
  Schedule  
     
     
 
12 Mar 15
India
2-0
Nepal
12 Mar 15
Yemen
3-1
Pakistan
12 Mar 15
Timor-Leste
4-1
Mongolia
12 Mar 15
Cambodia
3-0
Macau
12 Mar 15
Chinese Taipei
0-1
Brunei
12 Mar 15
Sri Lanka
0-1
Bhutan
     
     
 
17 Mar 15
Nepal
0-0
India
23 Mar 15
Pakistan
0-0
Yemen
17 Mar 15
Mongolia
0-1
Timor-Leste
17 Mar 15
Macau
1-1
Cambodia
17 Mar 15
Brunei
0-2
Chinese Taipei
17 Mar 15
Bhutan
1-2
Sri Lanka
     
 
India won 2-0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.
Timor-Leste won 5-1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.
Bhutan won 3-1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.
Cambodia won 4-1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.
China-Taipei won 2-1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.
Yemen won 3-1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.
 
     
                                           
  SECOND ROUND: Round-robin Format  
                                           
     

A total of 40 teams will be divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up will advance to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the AFC Asian Cup finals

 
   
Pot 1
Pos
Rank
Flag
Team
1
40
 Iran
2
50
 Japan
3
57
 South Korea
4
63
 Australia
5
68
 United Arab Emirates
6
73
 Uzbekistan
7
82
 China PR
8
86
 Iraq
Pot 2
Pos
Rank
Flag
Team
9
95
 Saudi Arabia
10
97
 Oman
11
99
 Qatar
12
103
 Jordan
13
108
 Bahrain
14
125
 Vietnam
15
126
 Syria
16
127
 Kuwait
Pot 3
Pos
Rank
Flag
Team
17
135
 Afghanistan
18
139
 Philippines
19
140
 Palestine
20
141
 Maldives
21
142
 Thailand
22
143
 Tajikistan
23
144
 Lebanon
24
147
 India
 
         
         
Pot 4
Pos
Rank
Flag
Team
25
152
 Timor-Leste
26
153
 Kyrgyzstan
27
157
 North Korea
28
158
 Myanmar
29
159
 Turkmenistan
30
159
 Indonesia
31
161
 Singapore
32
163
 Bhutan
 
Pot 5
Pos
Rank
Flag
Team
33
164
 Malaysia
34
167
 Hong Kong
35
167
 Bangladesh
36
170
 Yemen
37
175
 Guam
38
178
 Laos
39
179
 Cambodia
40
179
 Chinese-Taipei
 
         
 
The draw for the second round was held on 14 April 2015, at the AFC House in Malaysia.
 
         
         
Group A
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Saudi Arabia
8
6
2
0
28
4
24
20
2
 UAE
8
5
2
1
25
4
21
17
3
 Palestine
8
4
3
2
22
6
16
12
4
 Malaysia
8
1
1
6
3
30
-27
4
5
 Timor-Leste
8
0
2
6
2
36
-34
2
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
Palestine
2-3
Saudi Arabia
11 Jun 15
Malaysia
1-1
Timor-Leste
     
 
16 Jun 15
Timor-Leste
0-1
UAE
16 Jun 15
Malaysia
0-6
Palestine
     
 
3 Sep 15
UAE
10-0
Malaysia
3 Sep 15
Saudi Arabia
7-0
Timor-Leste
     
 
8 Sep 15
Malaysia
0-3*
Saudi Arabia
8 Sep 15
Palestine
0-0
UAE
     
 
8 Oct 15
Timor-Leste
1-1
Palestine
8 Oct 15
Saudi Arabia
2-1
UAE
     
 
13 Oct 15
Saudi Arabia
0-0*
Palestine
13 Oct 15
Timor-Leste
0-1
Malaysia
     
 
12 Nov 15
UAE
8-0
Timor-Leste
12 Nov 15
Palestine
6-0
Malaysia
     
 
17 Nov 15
Malaysia
1-2
UAE
17 Nov 15
Timor-Leste
0-10
Saudi Arabia
     
 
24 Mar 16
Saudi Arabia
2-0
Malaysia
24 Mar 16
UAE
2-0
Palestine
     
 
29 Mar 16
Palestine
7-0
Timor-Leste
29 Mar 16
UAE
1-1
Saudi Arabia
     
 

* Saudi Arabia an UAE qualified for the next stage.

* The Malaysia v Saudi Arabia match was abandoned during the 87th minute after a group of supporters threw objects onto the pitch. At the time of the abandonment the score was 2–1 to Saudi Arabia. On 5 October 2015, FIFA decided that the match should be declared as lost by forfeit by Malaysia (0–3).

 
* The postponed match between Palestine and Saudi Arabia was played in the neutral venue of Amman, Jordan on 9 November. 
 
     
         
Group B
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Australia
8
7
0
1
29
4
25
21
2
 Jordan
8
5
1
2
21
7
14
16
3
 Kyrgyzstan
8
4
2
2
10
8
2
14
4
 Tajikistan
8
1
2
5
9
20
-11
5
5
 Bangladesh
8
0
1
7
2
32
-30
1
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
Tajikistan
1-3
Jordan
11 Jun 15
Bangladesh
1-3
Kyrgyzstan
     
 
16 Jun 15
Kyrgyzstan
1-2
16 Jun 15
Bangladesh
1-1
Tajikistan
     
 
3 Sep 15
5-0
Bangladesh
3 Sep 15
Jordan
0-0
Kyrgyzstan
     
 
8 Sep 15
Bangladesh
0-4
Jordan
8 Sep 15
Tajikistan
0-3
     
 
8 Oct 15
Kyrgyzstan
2-2
Tajikistan
8 Oct 15
Jordan
2-0
     
 
13 Oct 15
Jordan
3-0
Tajikistan
13 Oct 15
Kyrgyzstan
2-0
Bangladesh
     
 
12 Nov 15
3-0
Kyrgyzstan
12 Nov 15
Tajikistan
5-0
Bangladesh
     
 
17 Nov 15
Bangladesh
0-4
17 Nov 15
Kyrgyzstan
1-0
Jordan
     
 
24 Mar 16
Jordan
8-0
Bangladesh
24 Mar 16
7-0
Tajikistan
     
 
29 Mar 16
Tajikistan
0-1
Kyrgyzstan
29 Mar 16
5-1
Jordan
     
     
 
*Australia qualified for the next stage.
 
     
         
Group C
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Qatar
8
7
0
1
29
4
25
21
2
 China PR
8
5
2
1
27
1
26
17
3
 Hong Kong
8
4
2
2
13
5
8
14
4
 Maldives
8
2
0
6
8
20
-12
6
5
 Bhutan
8
0
0
8
5
52
-47
0
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
Maldives
0-1
Qatar
11 Jun 15
Hong Kong
7-0
Bhutan
     
 
16 Jun 15
Bhutan
0-6
China PR
16 Jun 15
Hong Kong
2-0
Maldives
     
 
3 Sep 15
China PR
0-0
Hong Kong
3 Sep 15
Qatar
15-0
Bhutan
     
 
8 Sep 15
Hong Kong
2-3
Qatar
8 Sep 15
Maldives
0-3
China PR
     
 
8 Oct 15
Bhutan
3-4
Maldives
8 Oct 15
Qatar
1-0
China PR
     
 
13 Oct 15
Qatar
4-0
Maldives
13 Oct 15
Bhutan
0-1
Hong Kong
     
 
12 Nov 15
China PR
12-0
Bhutan
12 Nov 15
Maldives
0-1
Hong Kong
     
 
17 Nov 15
Hong Kong
0-0
China PR
17 Nov 15
Bhutan
0-3
Qatar
     
 
24 Mar 16
Qatar
2-0
Hong Kong
24 Mar 16
China PR
4-0
Maldives
     
 
29 Mar 16
Maldives
4-2
Bhutan
29 Mar 16
China PR
2-0
Qatar
     
     
 
*Qatar and China PR qualified for the next stage.
 
         
Group D
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Iran
8
6
2
0
26
3
23
20
2
 Oman
8
4
2
2
11
7
4
14
3
 Turkmenistan
8
4
1
3
10
11
-1
13
4
 Guam
8
2
1
5
4
15
-11
7
5
 India
8
1
0
7
5
18
-13
3
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
India
1-1
Oman
11 Jun 15
Guam
1-0
Turkmenistan
     
 
16 Jun 15
Turkmenistan
1-1
16 Jun 15
Guam
2-1
India
     
 
3 Sep 15
6-0
Guam
3 Sep 15
Oman
3-1
Turkmenistan
     
 
8 Sep 15
Guam
0-0
Oman
8 Sep 15
India
0-3
     
 
8 Oct 15
Turkmenistan
2-1
India
8 Oct 15
Oman
1-1
     
 
13 Oct 15
Oman
3-0
India
13 Oct 15
Turkmenistan
1-0
Guam
     
 
12 Nov 15
3-1
Turkmenistan
12 Nov 15
India
1-0
Guam
     
 
17 Nov 15
Guam
0-6
17 Nov 15
Turkmenistan
2-1
Oman
     
 
24 Mar 16
Oman
1-0
Guam
24 Mar 16
4-0
India
     
 
29 Mar 16
India
1-2
Turkmenistan
29 Mar 16
2-0
Oman
     
         
 
* Iran qualified for the next stage.
 
         
Group E
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Japan
8
7
1
0
27
0
27
22
2
 Syria
8
6
0
2
26
11
15
18
3
 Singapore
8
3
1
4
9
9
0
10
4
 Afghanistan
8
3
0
5
8
25
-17
9
5
 Cambodia
8
0
0
8
1
26
-25
0
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
Afghanistan
0-6
Syria
11 Jun 15
Cambodia
0-4
Singapore
     
 
16 Jun 15
Singapore
0-0
16 Jun 15
Cambodia
0-1
Afghanistan
     
 
3 Sep 15
3-0
Cambodia
3 Sep 15
Syria
1-0
Singapore
     
 
8 Sep 15
Cambodia
0-6
Syria
8 Sep 15
Afghanistan
0-6
     
 
8 Oct 15
Singapore
1-0
Afghanistan
8 Oct 15
Syria
0-3
     
 
13 Oct 15
Syria
5-2
Afghanistan
13 Oct 15
Singapore
2-1
Cambodia
     
 
12 Nov 15
3-0
Singapore
12 Nov 15
Afghanistan
3-0
Cambodia
     
 
17 Nov 15
Cambodia
0-2
17 Nov 15
Singapore
1-2
Syria
     
 
24 Mar 16
Syria
6-0
Cambodia
24 Mar 16
5-0
Afghanistan
     
 
29 Mar 16
Afghanistan
2-1
Singapore
29 Mar 16
5-0
Syria
     
         
 
*Japan and Syria qualified for the next stage.
 
         
Group F
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Thailand
6
4
2
0
14
4
10
14
2
 Iraq
6
3
3
0
13
6
7
12
3
 Vietnam
6
2
1
3
7
8
-1
7
4
 Chinese-Taipei
6
0
0
6
5
19
-14
0
5
 Indonesia
Disqualified due to FIFA suspension
         
     
 
24 May 15
Thailand
1-0
Vietnam
     
 
16 Jun 15
Chinese-Taipei
0-2
Thailand
     
 
3 Sep 15
Iraq
5-1
Chinese-Taipei
     
 
8 Sep 15
Chinese-Taipei
1-2
Vietnam
8 Sep 15
Thailand
2-2
Iraq
     
 
8 Oct 15
Vietnam
1-1
Iraq
     
 
13 Oct 15
Vietnam
0-3
Thailand
     
 
12 Nov 15
Thailand
4-2
Chinese-Taipei
     
 
17 Nov 15
Chinese-Taipei
0-2
Iraq
     
 
24 Mar 16
Vietnam
4-1
Chinese-Taipei
24 Mar 16
Iraq
2-2
Thailand
     
 
29 Mar 16
Iraq
1-0
Vietnam
     
         
 
*Thailand and Iraq qualified for the next stage.
 
         
Group G
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 South Korea
7
7
0
0
24
0
24
21
2
 Lebanon
8
3
2
3
12
6
6
11
3
 Kuwait
6
3
1
2
12
4
8
10
4
 Myanmar
8
2
2
4
9
21
-12
8
5
 Laos
7
0
1
6
3
29
-26
1
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
Lebanon
0-1
Kuwait
11 Jun 15
Laos
2-2
Myanmar
     
 
16 Jun 15
Myanmar
0-2
16 Jun 15
Laos
0-2
Lebanon
     
 
3 Sep 15
8-0
Laos
3 Sep 15
Kuwait
9-0
Myanmar
     
 
8 Sep 15
Laos
0-2
Kuwait
8 Sep 15
Lebanon
0-3
     
 
8 Oct 15
Myanmar
0-2
Lebanon
8 Oct 15
Kuwait
0-1
     
 
13 Oct 15
Kuwait
0-0
Lebanon
13 Oct 15
Myanmar
3-1
Laos
     
 
12 Nov 15
4-0
Myanmar
12 Nov 15
Lebanon
7-0
Laos
     
 
17 Nov 15
Laos
0-5
17 Nov 15
Myanmar
3-0*
Kuwait
     
 
Kuwait
0-3*
Laos
24 Mar 16
1-0
Lebanon
     
 
29 Mar 16
Lebanon
1-1
Myanmar
3-0*
Kuwait
     
 

* South Korea qualified for the next stage.

* On 13 January 2016, FIFA decided that the match scheduled for 17 November 2015 should be forfeited by Kuwait (and awarded as a 3–0 win for Myanmar) as it did not take place due to a suspension of the Kuwait Football Association.

* On 6 April 2016, FIFA decided that the match scheduled for 24 March 2016 should be forfeited by Kuwait (and awarded as a 3–0 win for Laos) as it did not take place due to a suspension of the Kuwait Football Association.

* On 6 April 2016, FIFA decided that the match scheduled for 29 March 2016 should be forfeited by Kuwait (and awarded as a 3–0 win for South Korea) as it did not take place due to a suspension of the Kuwait Football Association.

 
         
         
Group H
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Uzbekistan
8
7
0
1
20
7
13
21
2
 North Korea
8
5
1
2
14
8
6
16
3
 Philippines
8
3
1
4
8
12
-4
10
4
 Bahrain
8
3
0
5
10
10
0
9
5
 Yemen
8
1
0
7
2
17
-15
3
         
     
 
11 Jun 15
Philippines
2-1
Bahrain
11 Jun 15
Yemen
0-3*
North Korea
     
 
16 Jun 15
North Korea
4-2
Uzbekistan
16 Jun 15
Yemen
0-2
Philippines
     
 
3 Sep 15
Uzbekistan
1-0
Yemen
3 Sep 15
Bahrain
0-1
North Korea
     
 
8 Sep 15
Yemen
0-4
Bahrain
8 Sep 15
Philippines
1-5
Uzbekistan
     
 
8 Oct 15
North Korea
0-0
Philippines
8 Oct 15
Bahrain
0-4
Uzbekistan
     
 
13 Oct 15
Bahrain
2-0
Philippines
13 Oct 15
North Korea
1-0
Yemen
     
 
12 Nov 15
Uzbekistan
3-1
North Korea
12 Nov 15
Philippines
0-1
Yemen
     
 
17 Nov 15
Yemen
1-3
Uzbekistan
17 Nov 15
North Korea
2-0
Bahrain
     
 
24 Mar 16
Bahrain
3-0
Yemen
24 Mar 16
Uzbekistan
1-0
Philippines
     
 
29 Mar 16
Philippines
3-2
North Korea
29 Mar 16
Uzbekistan
1-0
Bahrain
     
 

* Uzbekistan qualified for the next stage.

* FIFA awarded North Korea a 3–0 win as a result of Yemen fielding the ineligible player Mudir Al-Radaei, after North Korea had defeated Yemen by 1–0.

     
     
Ranking of runners-up team
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Iraq
6
3
3
0
13
6
6
12
2
 Syria
6
4
0
2
14
11
3
12
3
 UAE
6
3
2
1
16
4
12
11
4
 China PR
6
3
2
1
9
1
8
11
5
 North Korea
6
3
1
2
10
8
2
10
6
 Jordan
6
3
1
2
9
7
2
10
7
 Oman
6
2
2
2
6
6
0
8
8
 Lebanon
6
1
1
3
3
6
-3
4
                                           
 

The first four teams advanced to the next stage.

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified due to FIFA suspension, Group F contains only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team are not counted when determining the ranking of the fourth-placed teams.

 
                                           
                                           
  THIRD ROUND: Round-robin Format  
                                           
     

The winners of each group and the four best runners-up across all groups will advance to the third round. The 12 teams will be divided into two groups of six to play home-and-away round-robin matches. Dependent on the number of qualifiers from the AFC, the top two teams of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the two third placed teams will advance to the fourth round.

The draw for the third round will be held on 12 April 2016, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia The following are the teams qualified for the third round:

 
     
Pot 1
Pos
Rank
Flag
Team
1
44
 Iran
2
56
 Japan
3
57
 South Korea
4
60
 Saudi Arabia
5
64
 United Arab Emirates
6
67
 Australia
7
74
 Uzbekistan
8
80
 Qatar
9
91
 Iraq
10
96
 China PR
11
118
 Thailand
12
123
 Syria
 
                                           
                                           
 
The draw for the third round was held on 12 April 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
         
         
Group A
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Iran
7
5
2
0
6
0
6
17
2
 South Korea
7
4
1
2
9
7
2
13
3
 Uzbekistan
7
4
0
3
6
4
2
12
4
 Syria
7
2
2
3
2
3
-1
8
5
 China PR
7
1
2
4
3
7
-4
5
6
 Qatar
7
1
1
5
3
8
-5
4
         
     
 
1 Sep 16
2-0
Qatar
1 Sep 16
3-2
China PR
1 Sep 16
Uzbekistan
1-0
Syria
     
 
6 Sep 16
Qatar
0-1
 Uzbekistan
6 Sep 16
Syria
0-0
 South Korea
6 Sep 16
China PR
0-0
 Iran
     
 
6 Oct 16
Uzbekistan
0-1
 Iran
6 Oct 16
China PR
0-1
Syria
6 Oct 16
3-2
Qatar
     
 
11 Oct 16
Qatar
1-0
Syria
11 Oct 16
Uzbekistan
2-0
China PR
11 Oct 16
1-0
 South Korea
     
 
15 Nov 16
China PR
0-0
Qatar
15 Nov 16
Syria
0-0
 Iran
15 Nov 16
2-1
 Uzbekistan
     
 
23 Mar 17
Qatar
0-1
 Iran
23 Mar 17
China PR
1-0
 South Korea
23 Mar 17
Syria
1-0
 Uzbekistan
     
 
28 Mar 17
Uzbekistan
1-0
Qatar
28 Mar 17
1-0
Syria
28 Mar 17
1-0
China PR
     
 
13 Jun 17
 
 Uzbekistan
13 Jun 17
Syria
 
China PR
13 Jun 17
Qatar
 
 South Korea
     
 
31 Aug 17
Syria
 
Qatar
31 Aug 17
China PR
 
 Uzbekistan
31 Aug 17
 
 Iran
     
 
5 Sep 17
Qatar
 
China PR
5 Sep 17
 
Syria
5 Sep 17
Uzbekistan
 
 South Korea
     
         
Group B
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Japan
7
5
1
1
14
5
9
16
2
 Saudi Arabia
7
5
1
1
12
4
8
16
3
 Australia
7
3
4
0
11
6
5
13
4
 United Arab Emirates
7
3
0
4
7
10
-3
9
5
 Iraq
7
1
1
5
7
10
-3
4
6
 Thailand
7
0
1
6
3
19
-16
1
                                           
     
 
1 Sep 16
2-0
Iraq
1 Sep 16
1-2
United Arab Emirates
1 Sep 16
Saudi Arabia
1-0
Thailand
     
 
6 Sep 16
Iraq
1-2
Saudi Arabia
6 Sep 16
Thailand
0-2
Japan
6 Sep 16
United Arab Emirates
0-1
Australia
     
 
6 Oct 16
Saudi Arabia
2-2
Australia
6 Oct 16
United Arab Emirates
3-1
Thailand
6 Oct 16
2-1
Iraq
     
 
11 Oct 16
Iraq
4-0
Thailand
11 Oct 16
Saudi Arabia
3-0
United Arab Emirates
11 Oct 16
1-1
Japan
     
 
15 Nov 16
United Arab Emirates
2-0
Iraq
15 Nov 16
Thailand
2-2
Australia
15 Nov 16
2-1
Saudi Arabia
     
 
23 Mar 17
Iraq
1-1
Australia
23 Mar 17
United Arab Emirates
0-2
Japan
23 Mar 17
Thailand
0-3
Saudi Arabia
     
 
28 Mar 17
Saudi Arabia
1-0
Iraq
28 Mar 17
4-0
Thailand
28 Mar 17
2-0
United Arab Emirates
     
 
8 Jun 17
 
Saudi Arabia
13 Jun 17
Thailand
 
United Arab Emirates
13 Jun 17
Iraq
 
Japan
     
 
31 Aug 17
Thailand
 
Iraq
31 Aug 17
United Arab Emirates
 
Saudi Arabia
31 Aug 17
 
Australia
     
 
5 Sep 17
Iraq
 
United Arab Emirates
5 Sep 17
 
Thailand
5 Sep 17
Saudi Arabia
 
Japan
     
                                           
  FOURTH ROUND: Playoff Format  
                                           
     

The two third-placed teams in each group from the third round will play against each other home-and-away over two legs to determine which team will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs.

 
                                           
 
 
  GOALSCORERS  
   
   
   
 
   
 
 
  TOURNAMENT STATISTICS  
   
   
   
Round
Matches played
Goals scored
Average
First round
12
24
2.00
Second round
152
507
3.38
Third round
42
84
2.00
Fourth round
Total
206
615
2.99
 
   
   

Notes and References

Indonesia was disqualified due to FIFA suspension
 
   
   
  
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