Today, the capital’s hotel “Olympic” became the venue for the drawing ceremony for the final part of the Asian Futsal Championship, which will be held next year in Ashgabat.
When there were demonstrated video clips, narrating the history of the AFC Futsal Championships and introducing the upcoming tournament, all attendees in the hall watched with great interest a short video about the development of sport in Turkmenistan.
16 teams reached the final part of the Asian Futsal Championship-2020, which were divided into four “baskets”. Thus, the tournament host – Turkmenistan – got into the first basket together with the strongest teams of Asia: Iran, Japan and Uzbekistan, and, accordingly, could not meet any of these teams at the group stage of the competition.
As a result of the drawing, the national teams of Oman, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Turkmenistan entered the group “A”. The quartet under the letter “B” consisted of Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Japan. Football teams from Indonesia, China, Bahrain and Uzbekistan were allotted the group “C”. And the company to the current champion of the Asian Football Confederation in Futsal – the national team of Iran – was born by Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Thailand in the group “D”.
Let me remind that the upcoming Asian Futsal Championship will be a qualifier for the 2020 World Cup in Lithuania, tickets for which will be won by the top five teams at the end of the tournament in Ashgabat.
From February 26 to March 2 next year, there will be matches of the group stage. On March 4, the quarterfinal teams will determine which of them will reach the next stage. On March 6, it will be the time for semi-final matches, and on March 8, we will find out not only the winner of the AFC Futsal Championship, but also the team, taken the third place in the tournament. On the same day, it will be determined a winner of the fifth place of the championship, which allows to perform at the World Championship in Lithuania.