Qantas Futsalroos in AFC Championships

Qantas Futsalroos setting off for the Asian Championships in Uzbekistan on the 15th May.

The Qantas Futsalroos are about to head to Uzbekistan to play in the AFC Asian Championships on the 15th May.

They have been placed alongside Iran, Kuwait and Tajikistan in Group B for the upcoming AFC Futsal Championship 2010 which will be held in Tashkent from 23-30 May.

Qantas Futsalroos Head Coach Steven Knight knows that it will be a difficult task to progress to the knock-out stage of the competition but he is optimistic about his team's chances.

They first face a strong Thai side in a pre-tournament warm-up game, to help the side's preparations for their first game a week later against Kuwait.

The second game sees the Australian team face one of the tournament favourites in the form of Iran. This is set to be the biggest test in the group, with Iran being touted as most likely side to top the group.

The tough schedule continues with the third game in as many days, when Australia's final group match sees them face Tajikistan.

In the other groups, host nation Uzbekistan has drawn Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Lebanon in Group A, whilst 2008 runner's up Thailand is drawn in Group C with three-time semi-finalists Kyrgyzstan, Korea Republic and Vietnam. Group D includes 2006 winners Japan with Turkmenistan, Iraq and China PR.

Should they progress, the quarters and semis are on the following days with the final being held on the 30th.

Fixtures: 23rd May: v Kuwait, group B match 24th May: v Iran, group B match 25th May: v Tajikistan, group B match