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2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifiers Round 2: Groups & Fixtures

The 2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifiers Round 2 began on 13th November 2023 and will end in June 2024. Check out 2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifiers Round 2 Groups & Fixtures.

Last updated: 16.11.2023
2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifiers Round 2: Groups & Fixtures

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The second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifiers will have 36 teams participating divided into nine groups of four teams. Ten first-round winners joined the teams ranked 1 to 26 who have received direct entry to this round. The teams will play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The nine group winners and group runners-up advance to the third round of the World Cup qualifiers and also automatically qualify for the 2027 AFC Asian Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Due to an increase in the number of participating teams from the 2026 edition onwards held in Canada, USA and Mexico, the slots allotted for AFC nations in the tournament have also increased. Eight nations will be able to qualify directly to the World Cup with one more side entering the inter-confederation playoffs. The qualification process involves five rounds with the first round completed in October 2023. The draw for the first and second rounds of joint qualification took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27 July 2023.

Here is the full schedule of the 2026 FIFA World Cup AFC Qualifiers Round 2:  



Group A






Thursday, 16 November 2023

Qatar vs Afghanistan - Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan (21:15)

Kuwait vs India - Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City (22:00)

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

India vs Qatar - Kalinga Stadium, Odisha (19:00)

Afghanistan vs Kuwait - Abdullah Al-Dabal Stadium, Al Khobar (22:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Afghanistan vs India (TBD)  

Qatar vs Kuwait (TBD)  

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

India vs Afghanistan (TBD)  

Kuwait vs Qatar (TBD)  

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Afghanistan vs Qatar (TBD)

India vs Kuwait (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Qatar vs India (TBD)

Kuwait vs Afghanistan (TBD)   


Group B


North Korea




Thursday, 16 November 2023

Japan vs Myanmar - Panasonic Stadium, Suita (15:30)

Syria vs North Korea - Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah (22:30)

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Myanmar vs North Korea - Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon (15:00)

Syria vs Japan - Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah (20:15) 

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Japan vs North Korea (TBD)

Myanmar vs Syria (TBD)

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Syria vs Myanmar (TBD)

North Korea vs Japan (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Myanmar vs Japan (TBD)

North Korea vs Syria (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Japan vs Syria (TBD)

North Korea vs Myanmar (TBD)


Group C


South Korea





Thursday, 16 November 2023

South Korea vs Singapore - Sangam Stadium, Seoul (16:30)

Thailand vs China - Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok (18:00)

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Singapore vs Thailand - Singapore National Stadium, Kalang (17:30)

China vs South Korea - Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre, Shenzhen (17:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Singapore vs China (TBD)   

South Korea vs Thailand (TBD)   

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

China vs Singapore (TBD)

Thailand vs South Korea (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

China vs Thailand (TBD)

Singapore vs South Korea (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Thailand vs Singapore (TBD)

 South Korea vs China (TBD)


Group D

Chinese Taipei






Thursday, 16 November 2023

Malaysia vs Kyrgyzstan - Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur (18:30)

Oman vs Chinese Taipei - Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat (20:15) 

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Chinese Taipei vs Malaysia - Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei (16:30)

Kyrgyzstan vs Oman - Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek (19:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Chinese Taipei vs Kyrgyzstan (TBD)

Oman vs Malaysia (TBD)

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Malaysia vs Oman (TBD)

Kyrgyzstan vs Chinese Taipei (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Kyrgyzstan vs Malaysia (TBD)

Chinese Taipei vs Oman (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

Oman vs Kyrgyzstan (TBD)

Malaysia vs Chinese Taipei (TBD)


Group E

Hong Kong






Thursday, 16 November 2023

Turkmenistan vs Uzbekistan - Ashgabat Stadium (19:30)

Iran vs Hong Kong - Azadi Stadium, Tehran (20:00)  

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Hong Kong vs Turkmenistan - Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po (17:30)

Uzbekistan vs Iran - Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent (18:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Hong Kong vs Uzbekistan (TBD)

Iran vs Turkmenistan (TBD)

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Uzbekistan vs Hong Kong (TBD)

Turkmenistan vs Iran (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Uzbekistan vs Turkmenistan (TBD)

Hong Kong vs Iran (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024  

Turkmenistan vs Hong Kong (TBD)

Iran vs Uzbekistan (TBD)

Group F







Thursday, 16 November 2023

Philippines vs Vietnam - Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila (16:30)

Iraq vs Indonesia - Basra International Stadium, Basra (20:15) 

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Philippines vs Indonesia - Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila (16:30)

Vietnam vs Iraq - Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi (17:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Iraq vs Philippines (TBD)

Indonesia vs Vietnam (TBD)  

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Vietnam vs Indonesia (TBD)  

Philippines vs Iraq (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Vietnam vs Philippines (TBD)

Indonesia vs Iraq (TBD)


Group G



Saudi Arabia




Thursday, 16 November 2023

Tajikistan vs Jordan - Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe (18:30)

Saudi Arabia vs Pakistan - Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium, Al-Hasa (22:00)

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Pakistan vs Tajikistan - Jinnah Sports Stadium, Islamabad (14:30)

Jordan vs Saudi Arabia - Amman International Stadium, Amman (21:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Pakistan vs Jordan (TBD)

Saudi Arabia vs Tajikistan (TBD)

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Jordan vs Pakistan (TBD)    

Tajikistan vs Saudi Arabia (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Jordan vs Tajikistan (TBD)

Pakistan vs Saudi Arabia (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024  

Saudi Arabia vs Jordan (TBD)

Tajikistan vs Pakistan (TBD)  

Group H







Thursday, 16 November 2023

UAE vs Nepal - Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai (21:15)

Yemen vs Bahrain - Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha (23:30)

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Nepal vs Yemen - Dasarath Stadium, Kathmandu (18:45)

Bahrain vs UAE - Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa (21:15)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Nepal vs Bahrain (TBD)

UAE vs Yemen (TBD)

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Bahrain vs Nepal (TBD)

Yemen vs UAE (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Nepal vs UAE (TBD)

Bahrain vs Yemen (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024  

Yemen vs Nepal (TBD)

UAE vs Bahrain (TBD)

Group I







Thursday, 16 November 2023

Australia vs Bangladesh - Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne (14:30)

Lebanon vs Palestine - Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium, Sharjah (19:30)

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Bangladesh vs Lebanon - Bashundhara Kings Arena, Dhaka (17:15)

Palestine vs Australia - Jaber al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City (19:30)

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Australia vs Lebanon (TBD)  

Bangladesh vs Palestine (TBD)  

Tuesday, 24 March 2024

Palestine vs Bangladesh (TBD)  

Lebanon vs Australia (TBD)

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Bangladesh vs Australia (TBD)

Palestine vs Lebanon (TBD)

Tuesday, 11 June 2024  

Australia vs Palestine (TBD)

Lebanon vs Bangladesh (TBD)

Note: All Timings are in Indian Standard Time (IST)

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