The qualifying journey for the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 will be revealed on Thursday, when the official draw ceremony takes place at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
A total of 43 teams have submitted their interest to compete in the Qualifiers for the sixth edition of the tournament, which will be held from September 4 to 12 this year.
The teams will be divided into 11 groups - 10 groups will comprise four teams each, with the last group to contain three.
Each group will be played at a centralized 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.
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
Saudi Arabia won their maiden U23 title in June last year after defeating hosts Uzbekistan in the final of an engrossing tournament that set new records in digital engagement.