2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
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Iran vs South Korea
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Uzbekistan vs Bahrain
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Uzbekistan vs Japan 2009

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) section of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification was allocated four assured qualifying berths for the final tournament in South Africa, and one place in a play-off. 43 teams were in the running for these spots; Laos, Brunei and the Philippines did not attempt to qualify. This was the first time Timor-Leste competed in World Cup qualification and the first time Australia attempted to qualify for the World Cup as a member of the AFC, having moved from the Oceania Football Confederation at the start of 2006.

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Asia's four automatic qualifying berths were taken by Australia, Japan and both North and South Korea, all of them from East Asia. Bahrain failed to become a fifth Asian representative in the World Cup after losing their AFC/OFC playoff against New Zealand. No Middle East nation qualified for the World Cup, the first time since 1974.

Seeding

The initial seeding (used in the draw for the first two rounds) was based on each team's performance during the qualification stage for the previous World Cup. [1] The admission of Australia to the AFC complicated matters slightly (as they had not taken part in the previous AFC qualification cycle, but had progressed to the World Cup finals in Germany - and had advanced further than the AFC qualifiers).

Initially, the AFC placed Australia as the first seed even though this contradicted the letter of the seeding - past practice (such as adopted by the AFC in the draw for the qualification to the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament) would have seeded Australia last.

By the time of the main qualification draw in Durban (which included the AFC third round), the seeding had been adjusted to rank the top 5 AFC nations according to their performance in the World Cup Final Tournament (of 2006). This resulted in minor changes to the seeding at that point.

Seeding for the first two rounds

Teams ranked 1–5 received a bye from the first two knockout rounds and are entered into the third round.
Teams ranked 6–43 entered at the first round, with teams ranked from 6–24 drawn against teams ranked from 25–43.
Of the first round winners, the eight lowest remaining seeds would go on to play in the second round. The other teams would receive a bye to the third round. [2]

Top Seeds
(Ranked 1st to 5th)
Pot A
(Ranked 6th to 24th)
Pot B
(Ranked 25th to 43rd)

First round

The official draw took place on 6 August 2007 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Teams from Pot A were randomly paired with a team from Pot B.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Pakistan  Flag of Pakistan.svg07Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg  Iraq 07 00 1
Uzbekistan  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg110Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei 90 20
Thailand  Flag of Thailand.svg132Flag of Macau.svg  Macau 61 71
Sri Lanka  Flag of Sri Lanka.svg06Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 01 05
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg110Flag of Myanmar (1974-2010).svg  Myanmar 70 40 4
Bhutan  Flag of Bhutan.svg w/o 2 Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan  Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg22
(56 pens)
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 20 02 (aet)
Vietnam  Flag of Vietnam.svg06Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 01 05
Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg41Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 41 00
Timor-Leste  Flag of East Timor.svg311Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 23 5 18
Syria  Flag of Syria.svg51Flag of Afghanistan (2004-2013).svg  Afghanistan 30 21 1
Yemen  Flag of Yemen.svg32Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 30 02
Bangladesh  Flag of Bangladesh.svg16Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 11 05
Mongolia  Flag of Mongolia.svg29Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 14 15
Oman  Flag of Oman.svg40Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 20 20
Palestine  Flag of Palestine.svg07Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 04 1 03 6
Lebanon  Flag of Lebanon.svg63Flag of India.svg  India 41 22
Cambodia  Flag of Cambodia.svg15Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 01 14
Guam  Flag of Guam.svg w/o 3 Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
  1. ^ For security reasons, Iraq played their home leg in Syria, Palestine played their home leg in Qatar and Afghanistan played their home leg in Tajikistan. [3]
  2. ^ Bhutan withdrew. [4]
  3. ^ Guam withdrew. [5]
  4. ^ FIFA decided to move Myanmar home match to Malaysia. [6]
  5. ^ Timor-Leste elected to play their home leg in Indonesia.
  6. ^ Palestine failed to appear; Singapore was awarded a 30 win. The Palestine Football Federation appealed to have the match rescheduled on the grounds that its players did not receive permits to leave the Gaza Strip, but FIFA dismissed the appeal. [7]

Second round

Of the nineteen teams that progressed from the first round, the eight lowest seeded teams by FIFA rankings were required to play in the second round (the other eleven teams received a bye to the third round). As with the first round the draw took place on 6 August 2007 at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As the teams involved were not known at the time, the draw placed teams ranked 16-19 against teams ranked 12-15. The ties drawn were

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Hong Kong  Flag of Hong Kong.svg03Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 00 03
Indonesia  Flag of Indonesia.svg111Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 14 07
Singapore  Flag of Singapore.svg31Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan 20 11
Yemen  Flag of Yemen.svg12Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 11 01

Third round

The top 5 seeds were joined by the eleven highest-ranked winners from the first round and the four second round winners.

Qualified teams

Byes to Round 3Top 11 Round 1 winnersRound 2 winners
  1. Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
  2. Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea
  3. Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
  4. Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
  5. Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
  1. Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
  2. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
  3. Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1
  4. Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
  5. Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
  6. Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan
  7. Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg  Iraq
  8. Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon
  9. Flag of Oman.svg  Oman
  10. Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
  11. Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar
  1. Flag of Syria.svg  Syria
  2. Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
  3. Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan
  4. Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore

1 On 30 October 2007, the Kuwait Football Association was suspended from international football competitions by FIFA. On 9 November 2007, Kuwait was conditionally reinstated to international football competitions by FIFA. [8]

Seeding

These 20 teams were drawn into five groups of four teams at the main group draw in Durban, South Africa on 25 November 2007. The seeding for the main draw was the same for the first two rounds, with the exception that the five seeded nations (those that qualified for the 2006 finals) were ordered on the basis of results in the 2006 finals tournament. [9] This saw Iran move from fifth to third, and Japan and Saudi Arabia ranked equal fourth.

The four seeding Pots used were:

Pot APot BPot CPot D

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia

Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR

Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan
Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg  Iraq
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates

Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore

Groups

The teams in each group played each other twice, once home and once away. The teams that finished first and second in their group qualified for the fourth round.

Group 1

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of Qatar.svg Flag of Iraq.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 631273+410 3–0 1–0 0–1
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 631256110 1–3 2–0 0–0
Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq 62134627 1–0 0–1 1–1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 61323416 0–0 0–1 1–2
Source: [ citation needed ]

On 26 May 2008, FIFA decided to suspend Iraq from international competition, after the Iraq Football Association was disbanded by the government on 20 May 2008. [10] The suspension was provisionally and conditionally lifted on 29 May 2008. [11]

Qatar fielded the ineligible player Emerson in the 2–0 defeat of Iraq on 26 March 2008, prompting world governing body FIFA controversially [12] to suspend the player but clear Qatar of any wrongdoing, in direct contradiction to its decisions against Singapore.

Iraq appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but it was rejected by the CAS, saying that Iraq submitted documents and the appeal fees too late. [13]

Group 2

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Oman.svg Flag of Thailand.svg
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6411123+913 1–0 3–0 4–1
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 632175+211 1–0 1–1 1–1
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 62225728 1–1 0–1 2–1
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 601551491 0–3 2–3 0–1
Source: [ citation needed ]

Group 3

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of North Korea.svg Flag of Jordan.svg Flag of Turkmenistan.svg
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 6330103+712 0–0 2–2 4–0
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 633040+412 0–0 2–0 1–0
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 62136607 0–1 0–1 2–0
Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan 6015112111 1–3 0–0 0–2
Source: [ citation needed ]

Group 4

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Lebanon.svg
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 6501177+1015 [lower-alpha 1] 3–0 3–0 [lower-alpha 2] 3–0
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 6501155+1015 [lower-alpha 1] 4–0 2–0 4–1
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 620471696 3–7 0–3 [lower-alpha 2] 2–0
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon 6006314110 0–1 1–2 1–2
Source: [ citation needed ]
Notes:
  1. 1 2 The positions of Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia are reversed from the original final standings after two matches were forfeited by Singapore.
  2. 1 2 Awarded as 3 – 0 Singapore defeats as a result of Singapore fielding an ineligible player.

Group 5

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Iran.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Flag of Syria.svg Flag of Kuwait.svg
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 633072+512 0–0 0–0 2–0
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 62227708 0–1 1–3 2–0
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 62227818 0–2 1–1 1–0
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 611481244 2–2 2–3 4–2
Source: [ citation needed ]

Fourth round

In the fourth round, the 10 remaining teams were drawn into 2 groups of 5 teams.

Qualified teams

Round 3Group winnerGroup runner-up
Group 1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar
Group 2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Group 3Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Group 4Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia *Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan *
Group 5Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates

* Positions based on original final standings

Seeding

The 10 qualifiers were drawn into two groups of five teams at the draw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 June 2008. The seeding for the fourth round was based on that used in the third round draw, but Saudi Arabia and Japan (seeded equal 4th in that draw) were separated by a random selection held at the start of the fourth round draw. [14]

The top 6 ranked qualifiers were split into 3 pots of 2 teams, with the bottom 4 ranked nations grouped together in a separate pot. Each group was allocated 1 team from each of Pots 1, 2 and 3, and 2 teams from Pot 4.

Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea

Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain

Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar

Groups

The teams in each group played each other twice, once home and once away. The top 2 teams in each group qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals in South Africa. The third-placed teams met in a play-off to determine who would play the OFC winner, New Zealand, in a separate playoff for a spot in the Finals.

Group A

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Qatar.svg Flag of Uzbekistan.svg
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 8620121+1120 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–0
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 8431116+515 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 831468210 0–1 2–3 1–0 1–0
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 813451496 0–0 0–3 1–1 3–0
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 811651054 0–1 0–1 0–1 4–0
Source: [ citation needed ]

Group B

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of North Korea.svg Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Flag of Iran.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 8440124+816 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–1
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 833275+212 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 833288012 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–2
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 825187+111 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 8017617111 0–2 1–2 1–2 1–1
Source: [ citation needed ]

Fifth round

Teams finishing 3rd in the fourth round groups played each other to determine a possible 5th qualifier from Asia. The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas. [15]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg22 (a)Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 00 22

Bahrain advanced to the Asia-Oceania play-off on the away goals rule.

Inter-confederation play-offs

The Fifth Round winner then played the winner of the OFC qualifying group, New Zealand, in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas. [15]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Bahrain  Flag of Bahrain.svg0–1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 0–0 0–1

Qualified teams

The following four teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament.

TeamQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in FIFA World Cup
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Fourth Round Group A winners6 June 20092 (1974, 2006)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Fourth Round Group B winners6 June 20097 (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 , 2006)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Fourth Round Group A runners-up6 June 20093 (1998, 2002 , 2006)
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea Fourth Round Group B runners-up17 June 20091 (1966)
1Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers

There were 374 goals scored in 144 games, for an average of 2.60 goals per game.

8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

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