India has been positioned in the West Zone alongside UAE, Oman and the Kyrgyz Republic in Group E of the AFC U23 Asian Cup group stage on Friday. The West Zone involves six groups in the whole – five groups of four teams and one group of three teams.
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The competition will be played from Oct 23-31, 2021.
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India will privilege for the finals if they end up as a group toppers or if they can survive to discover a spot amongst the best four second-placed teams.
The qualifiers which are programmed for October 23 to 31 of this year will be organised by Group E in UAE. The main event will be carried from June 1 to 19 in 2022 where a total of 16 teams will contend.
The 42 teams were drawn into 11 groups which had 15 spots available at the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 tournament with Uzbekistan who had already confirmed their spot as hosts. The teams got divided into two regions by the draw. One is the western region which includes 23 west, south and central participating teams and the other is the east region that includes 19 east and ASEAN contributing teams.
The qualification for the final is based on the 11 group winners and four best second-placed teams. The tournament will be organized in the Central Zone for the first time.