2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round

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2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC First Round
Tournament details
Dates6 June – 11 June 2019
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played11
Goals scored32 (2.91 per match)
Attendance87,632 (7,967 per match)
Top scorer(s)Malaysia Shahrel Fikri
(4 goals)
2018
2026

The AFC first round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification was also the first round of 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification. It was played from 6 to 11 June 2019.[1]

Format[change | change source]

A total of twelve teams (teams ranked 35–46 in the FIFA World Rankings) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.

The six losers would have qualified to the 2020 AFC Solidarity Cup, but it was cancelled.

Timor-Leste were banned from qualifying to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, so this only acts as FIFA World Cup qualification for them.[2][3]

Seeding[change | change source]

The draw for the first round was held on 17 April 2019 at 11:00 MST (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[4]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of April 2019.[5] Pot A teams hosted the first leg and Pot B teams hosted the second leg.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the second round. Note: FIFA World Rankings at the time of the draw is shown in (parenthesis).

Pot A Pot B
  1.  Malaysia (168)
  2.  Cambodia (173)
  3.  Macau (183)
  4.  Laos (184)
  5.  Bhutan (186)
  6.  Mongolia (187)
  1.  Bangladesh (188)
  2.  Guam (193)
  3.  Brunei (194)
  4.  Timor-Leste (195)
  5.  Pakistan (200)
  6.  Sri Lanka (202)

Summary[change | change source]

The first legs were played on 6–7 June, and the second legs on 11 June 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mongolia  3–2  Brunei 2–0 1–2
Macau  1–3[note 1]  Sri Lanka 1–0 0–3 (awd.)
Laos  0–1  Bangladesh 0–1 0–0
Malaysia  12–2  Timor-Leste 7–1 5–1
Cambodia  4–1  Pakistan 2–0 2–1
Bhutan  1–5  Guam 1–0 0–5

Matches[change | change source]

Mongolia 2–0 Brunei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Brunei 2–1 Mongolia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Mongolia won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Macau 1–0 Sri Lanka
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Sri Lanka won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Laos 0–1 Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bangladesh 0–0 Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 7,453
Referee: Timur Faizullin (Kyrgyzstan)

Bangladesh won 1–0 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Malaysia 7–1 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Timor-Leste 1–5 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Malaysia won 12–2 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Cambodia 2–0 Pakistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 33,706
Referee: Shaun Evans (Australia)
Pakistan 1–2 Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 300
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

Cambodia won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.


Bhutan 1–0 Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Guam 5–0 Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Guam won 5–1 on aggregate and advanced to the second round.

Goalscorers[change | change source]

There were 32 goals scored in 11 matches, for an average of 2.91 goals per match.

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Macau did not go to Sri Lanka for the second leg due to safety concerns from the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings.[6] FIFA announced on 27 June 2019, that this match would be a 3–0 forfeit win to Sri Lanka.[7][8]
  2. Macau played their home game against Sri Lanka in Zhuhai, China, because their stadium, Estádio Campo Desportivo was under construction.[9]
  3. Malaysia's home game against Timor-Leste was originally planned to be played on 6 June 2019. The game was postponed a day later after FIFA accepted the Football Association of Malaysia's request because Malaysia was celebrating Eid Al-fitr.[10]
  4. Timor-Leste played their home game against Malaysia in Malaysia because there weren't any stadiums good enough in Timor-Leste.[11]
  5. Pakistan played their home game against Cambodia in Qatar.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. "AFC Competitions Calendar 2019". Asian Football Confederation. 21 March 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 July 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  2. AFC (20 January 2017). "Federacao Futebol Timor-Leste expelled from AFC Asian Cup 2023". LawInSport (Press release).
  3. "Road to Qatar 2022: Asian teams discover Round 1 opponents". Asian Football Confederation. 17 April 2019. Archived from the original on 20 July 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. "Draw sets out path for Asian aspirants". FIFA. 17 April 2019.
  5. "FIFA Men's Ranking – April 2019 (AFC)". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019.
  6. "Football - Macau not sending team to Sri Lanka due to security concerns". Reuters. 8 June 2019.
  7. "AFC Statement". Asian Football Confederation. 10 June 2019. Archived from the original on 1 September 2019.
  8. "FIFA Disciplinary Committee sanctions Macau Football Association". FIFA. 27 June 2019.
  9. "RAEM recorre a estádio de Zhuhai para receber Sri Lanka". Tribuna de Macau. 24 May 2019.
  10. "Venue for Malaysia-Timor Leste second leg confirmed". Goal. 10 May 2019.
  11. "Timor-Leste yet to confirm venue for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers game against Malaysia – AFC". Fox Sports Asia. 3 May 2019. Archived from the original on 12 May 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  12. "Pakistan name preliminary squad for Qatar 2022 Qualifiers". Ghana Soccernet. 28 April 2019.

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