The qualifiers draw for AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™ will take place in Kuala Lumpur at AFC House on Thursday, 25 May 5:00pm AEST.
The Subway Olyroos have been placed in Pot 1 alongside Japan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, and United Arab Emirates, with the qualifiers set to take place between September 4 - 12 this year.
The draw will be streamed via AFC's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z59wZhI-B5M
The 43 participating teams will be divided into 11 groups, 10 groups will consist of four teams each, with the last group to comprise three.
Each group will be played at a centralised venue in a single round-robin format, with the 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams among all groups qualifying for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™.
They will join Qatar, who have received automatic qualification as Host, to form the final cast of 16 at the tournament, to be played between April 15 to May 3, 2024. All games involving Qatar will be considered as friendly matches and not taken into account when calculating the final group rankings.
To qualify for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™, Australia will need to finish as group winner or be one of the four best second placed teams among all eleven groups.
Should the Subway Olyroos qualify for the 16-team AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™, they need to finish in the top three to automatically qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics as the AFC representatives, while the fourth-best team will play an AFC-CAF play-off match for the final qualification spot.
Pot 1: Japan, Australia, Iraq, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates
Pot 2: Islamic Republic of Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Syria, India, Singapore
Pot 3: Kyrgyz Republic, Palestine, Yemen, Timor-Leste, Chinese Taipei, Lebanon, Laos, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, China, Maldives, Oman
Pot 4: Mongolia, Philippines, Afghanistan, Brunei Darussalam, DPR Korea, Guam, Macau, Pakistan, Qatar
Hosts Pot: Bahrain, China PR, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
More information can be found on the AFC website here.