Malaysia, Cambodia, Macau, Laos, Bhutan and Mongolia have been seeded as the draw’s top six sides who have the challenging task of facing possible opponents – Bangladesh, Guam, Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste, Pakistan and Sri Lanka for a place in the next qualifying round.
AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “For only the second time in history, the world’s biggest footballing stage returns to Asia in Qatar 2022. As we have seen in the last year, Qatar is leaving nothing to chance in staging a truly magnificent spectacle.
“And what better way to kick-start this exciting journey, than right here in our great Continent. On behalf of the Asian football family, I wish all our teams the very best of luck and I am confident we will witness another thrilling qualifying campaign.”