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Asia ready for first step on road to Russia

(FIFA.com)

10 Feb 2015

The draw for the first round of 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers threw up some intriguing ties, as the 12 lowest-ranked Asian Football Confederation (AFC) teams discovered who they will face in their first step on the road to Russia.

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All the ties will be played over two legs, home and away, with the first match taking place on 12 March and the return game on 17 March. The winners will progress to Round 2 of AFC qualifying, joining the remaining 34 teams in the confederation.

The second round, which begins in June, will see eight groups of five teams play off in a round-robin format. The AFC World Cup qualifiers also double as a qualifying competition for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, with the eight group winners and four best runners-up progressing to the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying, and securing an automatic place at the 2019 continental showpiece.

Those latter stages seem a long way off for the 12 teams drawn in Round 1, but every journey begins with a single step.

AFC 2018 World Cup / 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying Round 1

Ties to be played Thursday 12 March & Tuesday 17 March:

India v Nepal

Yemen v Pakistan

Timor-Leste v Mongolia

Cambodia v Macau

Chinese Taipei v Brunei Darussalam

Sri Lanka v Bhutan

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FIFA: Zimbabwe expelled from 2018 World Cup qualifying

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has expelled Zimbabwe from 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay its national team coach.

FIFA's disciplinary committee says it took the action "as a result of the non-payment of an outstanding debt" by Zimbabwe's football federation to coach Jose Claudinei Georgini.

FIFA says Zimbabwe failed to make the payments despite a grace period.

As a result, Zimbabwe has been kicked out of the preliminary qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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http://news.yahoo.com/fifa-zimbabwe-expelled-2018-world-cup-qualifying-103358116.html

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FIFA: Zimbabwe expelled from 2018 World Cup qualifying

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has expelled Zimbabwe from 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay its national team coach.

FIFA's disciplinary committee says it took the action "as a result of the non-payment of an outstanding debt" by Zimbabwe's football federation to coach Jose Claudinei Georgini.

FIFA says Zimbabwe failed to make the payments despite a grace period.

As a result, Zimbabwe has been kicked out of the preliminary qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

AP

http://news.yahoo.com/fifa-zimbabwe-expelled-2018-world-cup-qualifying-103358116.html

Wow; FIFA finally did something ethically right. Will wonders never cease??

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British Virgin Isands 2-3 Dominica (1st leg match)

US Virgin Isands 0-4 Barbados (Agg 1-4 Barbados advanced to 2nd round against Aruba)

Turks and Caicos Isl. 2-6 St Kitts and Nevis (Agg 4-12 St Kitts and Nevis advanced to 2nd round against El Salvador)

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Bermuda 3-0 Bahamas (agg. 8-0, Bermuda advanced to 2nd round against Guatemala)

Anguilla 0-3 Nicaragua (agg. 0-8, Nicaragua to play Suriname in 2nd round)

Dominica 0-0 British Virgin Isl. (agg 3-2, Dominica wil play Canada in 2nd round)

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Montserrat 2-2 Curacao (agg 3-4)

CONCACAF second round (8-16 june 2015)

St Vincent and Grenadines v Guyana

Antigua and Barbuda v Saint Lucia

Puerto Rico v Grenada

Dominica v Canada

Dominican Rep v Belize

Guatemala v Bermuda

Aruba v Barbados

St Kitts and Nevis v El Salvador

Curacao v Cuba

Nicaragua v Suriname

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Draw: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Preliminary Qualification Round 2

Kuala Lumpur: Asia's 2018 FIFA World Cup hopefuls learned their fate on Tuesday when the draw for the second round draw of continental qualifiers was held in the Malaysian capital.

Some 40 sides were placed in eight groups of five teams each for the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Draw:

Group A: 1. UAE 2. Saudi Arabia 3. Palestine 4. Timor-Leste 5. Malaysia

Group B: 1. Australia 2. Jordan 3. Tajikistan 4. Kyrgyzstan 5. Bangladesh

Group C: 1. China 2. Qatar 3. Maldives 4. Bhutan 5. Hong Kong

Group D: 1. Iran 2. Oman 3. India 4. Turkmenistan 5. 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

What Next:

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.

http://www.the-afc.com/asian-cup-2019-2018-world-cup/draw-2018-fifa-world-cup-russia-preliminary-qualification-round-2

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Draw: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Preliminary Qualification Round 2

The Draw:

Group A: 1. UAE 2. Saudi Arabia 3. Palestine 4. Timor-Leste 5. Malaysia

Group B: 1. Australia 2. Jordan 3. Tajikistan 4. Kyrgyzstan 5. Bangladesh

Group C: 1. China 2. Qatar 3. Maldives 4. Bhutan 5. Hong Kong

Group D: 1. Iran 2. Oman 3. India 4. Turkmenistan 5. 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

Interesting. Guam??? But no Pakistan; no Sri Lanka; no Mongolia?? :blink:

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Draw: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Preliminary Qualification Round 2

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

Indonesia disqualified from 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers

Indonesia will not compete in the joint 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers following a decision taken at the extraordinary meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015.

The Executive decided to suspend the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) until the PSSI would be able to comply with its obligations under arts. 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes. This decision resulted from the effective “take over” of the activities of PSSI by the Indonesian authorities.

In agreement with the Asian Football Confederation, the PSSI have been advised of the national team’s disqualification from the joint qualifiers as detailed above. All of Indonesia’s matches from Group F of the joint qualifying competition are thus deleted.

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http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=indonesia-disqualified-from-2018-fifa-world-cup-russia-and-afc-asian-c-2617809.html

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Indonesia disqualified from 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers

Indonesia will not compete in the joint 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers following a decision taken at the extraordinary meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee on 30 May 2015.

The Executive decided to suspend the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) until the PSSI would be able to comply with its obligations under arts. 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes. This decision resulted from the effective “take over” of the activities of PSSI by the Indonesian authorities.

In agreement with the Asian Football Confederation, the PSSI have been advised of the national team’s disqualification from the joint qualifiers as detailed above. All of Indonesia’s matches from Group F of the joint qualifying competition are thus deleted.

FIFA

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2015/m=6/news=indonesia-disqualified-from-2018-fifa-world-cup-russia-and-afc-asian-c-2617809.html

How does this impact Indonesia's duties as the 2018 Asian Games' host? They do have football in the Asian Games, do they??

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