TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran has been placed in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Palestine, and Afghanistan in the AFC U-23 Championship 2016.
The draw held at the AFC House in the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
Ten group winners and five best-second placed teams from all groups (total 15 teams) will qualify for the final competition where host Qatar awaits.
The qualifiers will be held from March 23 to 31, 2015 while the tournament proper will be played in January 2016.
The AFC U-23 Championship 2016 will serve as the Olympic Games qualifiers in every alternate edition. The top three teams from the 2016 edition will represent Asia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Groups for the AFC U-23 Championship 2016 Qualifiers
Iraq, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Maldives
Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Nepal, Palestine, Afghanistan
UAE, Yemen, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka
Syria, Uzbekistan, India Bangladesh
Australia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei
DPR Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines
Korea Republic, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Brunei Darussalam
Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Macau
China, Laos, Singapore, Mongolia
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