The Football Association of Hong Kong, China


Event Background

There are five rounds in total to determine the eight direct slots that Asia has been awarded at the FIFA World Cup 26, with an additional nation progressing to the FIFA play-off tournament.

In the first round, 20 nations will meet in a two-legged, home-and-away, clash with the 10 winners advancing to the second round.

Those 10 nations join the remaining 26 in the second round, which will feature nine groups of four nations, with the winners and runners-up then progressing through to the third round.

The 18 nations that reach the third round will be divided into three groups of six, via a draw conducted at a later date, with the top two nations in each group qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.

The fourth round consists of the half-dozen nations that finished third and fourth in the third round being slotted into two groups of three, with the winner of both groups also receiving a direct ticket to the FIFA World Cup.

Finally, the fifth round features the two runners-up from the fourth round clashing in a two-legged, home-and-away tie to determine Asia’s representative in the FIFA play-off tournament.

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This year’s FIFA World Cup qualification has been more successful than ever, also for us, combining our over 10 years experience covering major sporting events with our proven live broadcast technology. Our Live broadcast Solution worked flawlessly throughout the tournament, showing its capabilities for live sports coverage in the most challenging conditions.