Qatar Football AssociationNews
14.04.2015 13:15 in :

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Qatar was drawn in Group C alongside China, Maldives, Bhutanand Hong Kong in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Preliminary qualification draw held in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The draw saw 40 teams divided into eight groups of five in this phase of qualifying.

The Draw:

Group A: 1. UAE 2. Saudi Arabia 3. Palestine 4. Timor-Leste5. Malaysia

Group B: 1. Australia 2. Jordan 3. Tajikistan 4. Kyrgyzstan5.Bangladesh

Group C:1. China 2. Qatar 3. Maldives 4. Bhutan5. Hong Kong

Group D: 1. Iran 2. Oman 3. India 4. Turkmenistan5. Guam

Group E: 1. Japan 2. Syria 3. Afghanistan 4. Singapore 5. Cambodia

Group F: 1. Iraq 2. Vietnam 3. Thailand 4. Indonesia 5. Chinese Taipei

Group G: 1. Korea Republic 2. Kuwait 3. Lebanon 4. Myanmar 5. Laos

Group H: 1. Uzbekistan 2. Bahrain 3. Philippines 4. DPR Korea 5. Yemen

The teams will compete according to a double round robin format, and the Round 2 qualification matches will be held from June 11, 2015 to March 29, 2016.

The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) will advance to the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.