AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022 qualification draw slated for July 9 (Photo: AFC)

A total of 43 teams will compete at the competition, including 20 East Zone squads from East and Southeast Asia, which will be divided into five groups of four, according to the AFC.

Taiwan (China), Indonesia, Mongolia, Singapore and Thailand will be hosts of such groups.

Vietnam are in Pot 1 out of the four seeded groups in the East Zone, together with the Republic of Korea, Australia, Thailand and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Meanwhile, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates will be hosts in the West Zone.

The qualification will be held from October 23 to 31, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, in each group, teams play each other in a round-robin format. The eleven group winners and the four best runners-up qualify for the final tournament, slated for next June in Uzbekistan.

Source: VNA