Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2023

Beach Football Asian Cup 2023

Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2023.

The AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup™ is set to return when the 16 participating teams learn of their opponents at the AFC Beach Soccer Asian Cup Thailand 2023™ draw ceremony which will take place at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The competition, last held in 2019, is set to make a comeback after being cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 related challenges.

The top five seeded teams in the 2023 edition of the highly anticipated contest comprise hosts Thailand as the top seed, with three-time champions Japan and two-time winners United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the second and third places respectively, followed by Oman in the fourth place and Palestine in the fifth.

Team seedings were determined by the final ranking of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019.

The champions, along with the runners-up and winners of the third-place tie will earn themselves places in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2023.

Pot 1, containing the top four seeds, will thus be home to Thailand, defending champions Japan, 2019 finalists UAE and 2019 semi-finalists Oman.

Pot 2, consisting of teams ranked between five and eight, will be host to fifth ranked Palestine, alongside two-time semi-finalists Lebanon, two-time champions the Islamic Republic of Iran, and champions of the inaugural edition of the competition, Bahrain.

Meanwhile, Pot 3 will include those teams who are ranked between nine and 12, namely 2017 hosts Malaysia and two-time semi-finalists China PR who will be joined by Kuwait, and Afghanistan.

Finally, teams ranked 13 and below which include the Kyrgyz Republic, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan will be drawn from Pot 4.

Country Pots

Pot 1: Thailand, Japan, UAE, Oman

Pot 2: Palestine, Lebanon, Islamic Republic of Iran, Bahrain

Pot 3: Malaysia, China PR, Kuwait, Afghanistan

Pot 4: Kyrgyz Republic, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan

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