Draw sets stage for exciting IR Iran 2019 Finals


2019 hosts and title holders of the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship Islamic Republic of Iran will face Afghanistan and Hong Kong in Group A, following the official draw ceremony that took place at the AFC House on Thursday.

The Group A tie will be a rematch between the two Central Asian sides, having met previously in the Central Zone Qualifiers last December with Iran emerging as 4-2 victors. They are also joined by Hong Kong, who will be making their first-ever appearance in the tournament.

Thailand, hosts of the inaugural edition and third place finishers two years ago, will be joined by 2017 quarter-finalists Lebanon and Kyrgyz Republic in Group B.

For Japan, Vietnam and Tajikistan, who were drawn into Group C, it will be a meeting of familiar foes, as the three teams played against one another in the inaugural edition of the tournament, with the Samurai Blue eventually claiming a top eight finish.

Iraq, the 2017 runners-up, will aim to outdo their previous best as they go up against Indonesia, as well as Chinese Taipei, who booked their spot in the 2019 Finals as the East Zone Group B winners.

The second edition of the AFC U-20 Futsal Championship will be held in the city of Tabriz from June 14 to 22.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.