2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Second Round

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The second round of AFC matches for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification) was played from 24 May 2015 to 29 March 2016.[1]

Format

A total of 40 teams (teams ranked 1–34 in the AFC entrant list and six first round winners) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The eight group winners and the four best group runners-up advanced to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals.

A total of 24 teams eliminated from World Cup qualification in the second round competed in the third round of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification (which was separated from the third round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification), where they were divided into six groups of four teams and competed for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The 24 teams consisted of the 16 highest ranked teams eliminated in the second round, and the eight teams that advance from the play-off round of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification which are contested by the remaining 12 teams eliminated in the second round.[2]

Seeding

The draw for the second round was held on 14 April 2015, at 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3][4]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of April 2015 (shown in parentheses below).[5] The 40 teams were seeded into five pots:[6]

  • Pot 1 contained the teams ranked 1–8.
  • Pot 2 contained the teams ranked 9–16.
  • Pot 3 contained the teams ranked 17–24.
  • Pot 4 contained the teams ranked 25–32.
  • Pot 5 contained the teams ranked 33–40.

Each group contained one team from each of the five pots. The fixtures of each group were automatically decided based on the respective pot of each team.

As the seeding order was based on the most recent FIFA Rankings prior to the draw, it differed from the order in the AFC entrant list, which was based on the FIFA World Rankings of January 2015. Among the six first round winners, three were seeded higher than pot 5 (India in pot 3, Timor-Leste and Bhutan in pot 4), on the basis of ranking points gained from the first round matches, while the other three (Yemen, Cambodia and Chinese Taipei) were seeded in pot 5.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the third round.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3
  1.  Iran (40)
  2.  Japan (50)
  3.  South Korea (57)
  4.  Australia (63)
  5.  United Arab Emirates (68)
  6.  Uzbekistan (73)
  7.  China PR (82)
  8.  Iraq (86)
  1.  Saudi Arabia (95)
  2.  Oman (97)
  3.  Qatar (99)
  4.  Jordan (103)
  5.  Bahrain (108)
  6.  Vietnam (125)
  7.  Syria (126)
  8.  Kuwait (127)
  1.  Afghanistan (135)
  2.  Philippines (139)
  3.  Palestine (140)
  4.  Maldives (141)
  5.  Thailand (142)
  6.  Tajikistan (143)
  7.  Lebanon (144)
  8.  India (147)
Pot 4 Pot 5
  1.  Timor-Leste (152)
  2.  Kyrgyzstan (153)
  3.  North Korea (157)
  4.  Myanmar (158)
  5.  Turkmenistan (159)
  6.  Indonesia (159)
  7.  Singapore (162)
  8.  Bhutan (163)
  1.  Malaysia (164)
  2.  Hong Kong (167)
  3.  Bangladesh (167)
  4.  Yemen (170)
  5.  Guam (175)
  6.  Laos (178)
  7.  Cambodia (179)
  8.  Chinese Taipei (179)

Groups

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Saudi Arabia 8 6 2 0 28 4 +24 20 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 3–2 2–0 7–0
2  United Arab Emirates 8 5 2 1 25 4 +21 17 1–1 2–0 10–0 8–0
3  Palestine 8 3 3 2 22 6 +16 12 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–0 0–0 6–0 7–0
4  Malaysia 8 1 1 6 3 30 −27 4 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3[a] 1–2 0–6 1–1
5  Timor-Leste 8 0 2 6 2 36 −34 2 0–10 0–1 1–1 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Malaysia v Saudi Arabia match, on 8 September 2015, was abandoned during the 87th minute after a group of supporters threw objects onto the pitch. At the time of the abandonment the score was 2–1 to Saudi Arabia. On 5 October 2015, FIFA decided that this match was forfeited by Malaysia and the result to be declared as a 3–0 win awarded for Saudi Arabia.[8][9]

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  1–1
Forfeited[10]
 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)[note 1]
21:00 UTC+3
Saudi Arabia  3–2  Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
16:00 UTC+8
Timor-Leste  0–1
Forfeited[10]
 United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  0–6  Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:15 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  10–0  Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
20:40 UTC+3
Saudi Arabia  7–0
Forfeited[10]
 Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  0–3
Awarded[note 3]
 Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
17:00 UTC+3
Palestine  0–0  United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
16:00 UTC+9
Timor-Leste  1–1
Forfeited[10]
 Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Dili Municipal Stadium, Dili
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:00 UTC+3
Saudi Arabia  2–1  United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
16:00 UTC+9
Timor-Leste  0–1
Forfeited[10]
 Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Dili Municipal Stadium, Dili
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)

9 November 2015 (2015-11-09)[note 1]
16:00 UTC+2
Palestine  0–0  Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
16:00 UTC+2
Palestine  6–0  Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
18:15 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  8–0  Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 7,870
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
16:00 UTC+9
Timor-Leste  0–10  Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Dili Municipal Stadium, Dili
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Alan Milliner (Australia)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  1–2  United Arab Emirates
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:00 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  2–0  Palestine
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
20:30 UTC+3
Saudi Arabia  2–0  Malaysia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
17:00 UTC+3
Palestine  7–0  Timor-Leste
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
19:00 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  1–1  Saudi Arabia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup 5–1 3–0 7–0 5–0
2  Jordan 8 5 1 2 21 7 +14 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–0 0–0 3–0 8–0
3  Kyrgyzstan 8 4 2 2 10 8 +2 14 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–0
4  Tajikistan 8 1 2 5 9 20 −11 5 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 1–3 0–1 5–0
5  Bangladesh 8 0 1 7 2 32 −30 1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
17:00 UTC+6
Bangladesh  1–3  Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
20:00 UTC+5
Tajikistan  1–3  Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
17:00 UTC+6
Bangladesh  1–1  Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
20:00 UTC+6
Kyrgyzstan  1–2  Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:00 UTC+8
Australia  5–0  Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Perth Oval, Perth
Attendance: 19,495
Referee: Võ Minh Trí (Vietnam)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:00 UTC+3
Jordan  0–0  Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
17:00 UTC+6
Bangladesh  0–4  Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
18:00 UTC+5
Tajikistan  0–3  Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (Bahrain)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
17:00 UTC+3
Jordan  2–0  Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Amman International Stadium, Amman
Attendance: 11,462
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:00 UTC+6
Kyrgyzstan  2–2  Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 17,600
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
20:00 UTC+6
Kyrgyzstan  2–0  Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Spartak Stadium, Bishkek
Attendance: 12,001
Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (Bahrain)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
19:00 UTC+3
Jordan  3–0  Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
20:00 UTC+11
Australia  3–0  Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 19,412
Referee: Kim Sang-woo (South Korea)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
17:00 UTC+5
Tajikistan  5–0  Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Ali Sabah Adday Al-Qaysi (Iraq)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
17:30 UTC+6
Bangladesh  0–4  Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 19,730
Referee: Wang Di (China)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
20:00 UTC+6
Kyrgyzstan  1–0  Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:30 UTC+10:30
Australia  7–0  Tajikistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Attendance: 35,439
Referee: Fahad Al-Marri (Qatar)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
14:30 UTC+2
Jordan  8–0  Bangladesh
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
20:00 UTC+11
Australia  5–1  Jordan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
18:00 UTC+5
Tajikistan  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar 8 7 0 1 29 4 +25 21 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 2–0 4–0 15–0
2  China PR 8 5 2 1 27 1 +26 17 2–0 0–0 4–0 12–0
3  Hong Kong 8 4 2 2 13 5 +8 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–3 0–0 2–0 7–0
4  Maldives 8 2 0 6 8 20 −12 6 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–1 0–3 0–1 4–2
5  Bhutan 8 0 0 8 5 52 −47 0 0–3 0–6 0–1 3–4
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  7–0  Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
21:00 UTC+5
Maldives  0–1  Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
National Football Stadium, Malé
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
18:00 UTC+6
Bhutan  0–6  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (India)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  2–0  Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 6,370
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  0–0  Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bao'an Stadium, Shenzhen
Attendance: 26,173
Referee: Strebre Delovski (Australia)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:00 UTC+3
Qatar  15–0  Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 2,022
Referee: Mohammad Abu Loum (Jordan)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
19:35 UTC+8
Maldives  0–3  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  2–3  Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 6,396
Referee: Kim Sang-woo (South Korea)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
18:00 UTC+6
Bhutan  3–4  Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
18:30 UTC+3
Qatar  1–0  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
18:00 UTC+6
Bhutan  0–1  Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu
Attendance: 7,280
Referee: Aziz Asimov (Uzbekistan)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
18:30 UTC+3
Qatar  4–0  Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 4,006
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
15:50 UTC+5
Maldives  0–1  Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  12–0  Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Helong Stadium, Changsha
Attendance: 27,358
Referee: Marai Al-Awaji (Saudi Arabia)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
18:00 UTC+6
Bhutan  0–3  Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  0–0  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 6,071
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  4–0  Maldives
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:00 UTC+3
Qatar  2–0  Hong Kong
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
20:15 UTC+8
China PR  2–0  Qatar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
21:00 UTC+5
Maldives  4–2  Bhutan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 8 6 2 0 26 3 +23 20 Third round and Asian Cup 2–0 3–1 6–0 4–0
2  Oman 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0
3  Turkmenistan 8 4 1 3 10 11 −1 13 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1
4  Guam 8 2 1 5 3 16 −13 7 0–6 0–0 1–0 2–1
5  India 8 1 0 7 5 18 −13 3 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3[a] 1–2 1–2 1–0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ FIFA awarded Iran a 3–0 win as a result of India fielding the ineligible player Eugeneson Lyngdoh.[21] The match initially ended 3–0 to Iran.

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
16:15 UTC+10
Guam  1–0  Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
19:00 UTC+5:30
India  1–2  Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
16:15 UTC+10
Guam  2–1  India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
18:00 UTC+5
Turkmenistan  1–1  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:00 UTC+4:30
Iran  6–0  Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 11,232
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:00 UTC+4
Oman  3–1  Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
16:00 UTC+10
Guam  0–0  Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
19:00 UTC+5:30
India  0–3
Awarded[note 6]
 Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
18:00 UTC+5
Turkmenistan  2–1  India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat
Attendance: 20,100
Referee: Masoud Tufayelieh (Syria)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
18:30 UTC+4
Oman  1–1  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
18:00 UTC+5
Turkmenistan  1–0  Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
18:30 UTC+4
Oman  3–0  India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
15:00 UTC+3:30
Iran  3–1  Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 35,800
Referee: Kim Dong-jin (South Korea)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
19:00 UTC+5:30
India  1–0  Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
15:30 UTC+10
Guam  0–6  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
18:00 UTC+5
Turkmenistan  2–1  Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat
Attendance: 23,100
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:00 UTC+4:30
Iran  4–0  India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 29,160
Referee: Võ Minh Trí (Vietnam)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:00 UTC+4
Oman  1–0  Guam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
18:00 UTC+5:30
India  1–2  Turkmenistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi
Attendance: 3,111
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
19:00 UTC+4:30
Iran  2–0  Oman
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 33,850
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 8 7 1 0 27 0 +27 22 Third round and Asian Cup 5–0 0–0 5–0 3–0
2  Syria 8 6 0 2 26 11 +15 18 0–3 1–0 5–2 6–0
3  Singapore 8 3 1 4 9 9 0 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–1
4  Afghanistan 8 3 0 5 8 24 −16 9 0–6 0–6 2–1 3–0
5  Cambodia 8 0 0 8 1 27 −26 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–6 0–4 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
18:30 UTC+7
Cambodia  0–4  Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Attendance: 63,000
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
20:00 UTC+4:30
Afghanistan  0–6  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)[note 8]
19:30 UTC+9
Japan  0–0  Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
18:30 UTC+7
Cambodia  0–1  Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Marai Al-Awaji (Saudi Arabia)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:26 UTC+9
Japan  3–0  Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
Attendance: 54,716
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
20:00 UTC+4
Syria  1–0  Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
18:30 UTC+7
Cambodia  0–6  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Wang Di (China)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
16:55 UTC+4:30
Afghanistan  0–6  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Azadi Stadium, Tehran (Iran)[note 7]
Attendance: 8,650
Referee: Khamis Al-Kuwari (Qatar)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:00 UTC+8
Singapore  1–0  Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
National Stadium, Kallang
Attendance: 5,400
Referee: Ng Chiu Kok (Hong Kong)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
17:00 UTC+4
Syria  0–3  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
20:00 UTC+8
Singapore  2–1  Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
National Stadium, Kallang
Attendance: 6,650
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (South Korea)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
20:00 UTC+4
Syria  5–2  Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)[note 8]
19:15 UTC+8
Singapore  0–3  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
National Stadium, Kallang
Attendance: 33,868
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
15:00 UTC+3:30
Afghanistan  3–0  Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Takhti Stadium, Tehran (Iran)[note 7]
Attendance: 2,585
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
20:00 UTC+8
Singapore  1–2  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
National Stadium, Kallang
Attendance: 7,468
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
19:14 UTC+7
Cambodia  0–2  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Attendance: 29,871
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:34 UTC+9
Japan  5–0  Afghanistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
20:00 UTC+4
Syria  6–0  Cambodia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb (Oman)[note 9]
Attendance: 100
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
15:00 UTC+4:30
Afghanistan  2–1  Singapore
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Takhti Stadium, Tehran (Iran)[note 7]
Attendance: 24,500
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
19:34 UTC+9
Japan  5–0  Syria
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama
Attendance: 57,475
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Thailand 6 4 2 0 14 6 +8 14 Third round and Asian Cup 2–2 1–0 4–2
2  Iraq 6 3 3 0 13 6 +7 12 2–2 1–0 5–1
3  Vietnam 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–1 4–1
4  Chinese Taipei 6 0 0 6 5 19 −14 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–2 0–2 1–2
5  Indonesia (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Disqualified due to FIFA suspension[a]
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(D) Disqualified.
Notes:
  1. ^ On 30 May 2015, FIFA announced that the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) was suspended with immediate effect for governmental interference.[25] On 3 June 2015, the AFC confirmed that Indonesia have been excluded from the qualifying competition, and all matches involving them have been cancelled.[26]

24 May 2015 (2015-05-24)[note 10]
19:00 UTC+7
Thailand  1–0  Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 40,500
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
19:30 UTC+8
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei
Attendance: 18,168
Referee: Ali Shaban (Kuwait)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
17:00 UTC+4:30
Iraq  5–1  Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
PAS Stadium, Tehran (Iran)[note 11]
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
19:00 UTC+8
Chinese Taipei  1–2  Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
19:00 UTC+7
Thailand  2–2  Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 43,572
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  1–1  Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  0–3  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
19:00 UTC+7
Thailand  4–2  Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
19:00 UTC+8
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Iraq
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
National Stadium, Kaohsiung
Attendance: 11,960
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  4–1  Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
18:30 UTC+4:30
Iraq  2–2  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
18:30 UTC+4:30
Iraq  1–0  Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
PAS Stadium, Tehran (Iran)[note 11]
Attendance: 2,160
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 8 8 0 0 27 0 +27 24 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 3–0[a] 4–0 8–0
2  Lebanon 8 3 2 3 12 6 +6 11 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 0–1 1–1 7–0
3  Kuwait[a] 8 3 1 4 12 10 +2 10 0–1 0–0 9–0 0–3[a]
4  Myanmar 8 2 2 4 9 21 −12 8 0–2 0–2 3–0[a] 3–1
5  Laos 8 1 1 6 6 29 −23 4 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–5 0–2 0–2 2–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c d On 16 October 2015, the Kuwait FA was suspended by FIFA with immediate effect, after Kuwait had failed to comply with a decision from the FIFA Executive Committee that sports law of the country had to be changed before 15 October. The three remaining matches involving Kuwait (away v Myanmar, home v Laos, away v South Korea) were not played as originally scheduled, and were later awarded as 3–0 wins for Kuwait's opponents.

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
19:00 UTC+7
Laos  2–2  Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Tan Hai (China)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
17:00 UTC+3
Lebanon  0–1  Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
19:00 UTC+7
Myanmar  0–2  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
19:00 UTC+7
Laos  0–2  Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
20:00 UTC+9
South Korea  8–0  Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong
Attendance: 30,205
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
20:00 UTC+3
Kuwait  9–0  Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
19:00 UTC+7
Laos  0–2  Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
17:00 UTC+3
Lebanon  0–3  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
19:00 UTC+7
Myanmar  0–2  Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
17:55 UTC+3
Kuwait  0–1  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
19:00 UTC+7
Myanmar  3–1  Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
19:30 UTC+3
Kuwait  0–0  Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
20:00 UTC+9
South Korea  4–0  Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon
Attendance: 24,270
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
17:00 UTC+2
Lebanon  7–0  Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
19:00 UTC+7
Laos  0–5  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Not played[note 14]
Myanmar  3–0
Awarded[note 15]
 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
20:00 UTC+9
South Korea  1–0  Lebanon
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Ansan Wa~ Stadium, Ansan
Attendance: 30,532
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Not played[note 16]
Kuwait  0–3
Awarded[note 17]
 Laos
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
15:00 UTC+3
Lebanon  1–1  Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Saida International Stadium, Sidon
Attendance: 3,470
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Not played[note 18]
South Korea  3–0
Awarded[note 19]
 Kuwait
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uzbekistan 8 7 0 1 20 7 +13 21 Third round and Asian Cup 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
2  North Korea 8 5 1 2 14 8 +6 16 Asian Cup qualifying third round 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–0
3  Philippines 8 3 1 4 8 12 −4 10 1–5 3–2 2–1 0–1
4  Bahrain 8 3 0 5 10 10 0 9 0–4 0–1 2–0 3–0
5  Yemen 8 1 0 7 2 17 −15 3 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 1–3 0–3[a] 0–2 0–4
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ FIFA awarded North Korea a 3–0 win as a result of Yemen fielding the ineligible player Mudir Al-Radaei, after North Korea had defeated Yemen 1–0. Al-Radaei failed to serve an automatic one match suspension for receiving two yellow cards earlier in the First Round of the competition.[34]

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
20:00 UTC+8
Philippines  2–1  Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Philippine Sports Stadium, Bocaue
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
19:00 UTC+3
Yemen  0–3
Awarded[note 20]
 North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
17:00 UTC+9
North Korea  4–2  Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

16 June 2015 (2015-06-16)
19:00 UTC+3
Yemen  0–2  Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
19:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  1–0  Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

3 September 2015 (2015-09-03)
18:40 UTC+3
Bahrain  0–1  North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
20:00 UTC+8
Philippines  1–5  Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Philippine Sports Stadium, Bocaue
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)

8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
19:00 UTC+3
Yemen  0–4  Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
16:00 UTC+8:30
North Korea  0–0  Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
18:00 UTC+3
Bahrain  0–4  Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
16:00 UTC+8:30
North Korea  1–0  Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)

13 October 2015 (2015-10-13)
18:00 UTC+3
Bahrain  2–0  Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
20:00 UTC+8
Philippines  0–1  Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
Attendance: 6,478
Referee: Kim Hee-gon (South Korea)

12 November 2015 (2015-11-12)
18:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  3–1  North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
15:30 UTC+8:30
North Korea  2–0  Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

17 November 2015 (2015-11-17)
18:30 UTC+3
Yemen  1–3  Uzbekistan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
18:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  1–0  Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)
18:30 UTC+3
Bahrain  3–0  Yemen
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
20:00 UTC+8
Philippines  3–2  North Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

29 March 2016 (2016-03-29)
18:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  1–0  Bahrain
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Ranking of runner-up teams

To determine the four best runner-up teams, the following criteria were used:

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Fair play points
  5. Drawing of lots

As a result of Indonesia being disqualified by FIFA suspension, Group F contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team were not counted when determining the ranking of the runner-up teams.[36]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D