2018 AFC U-23 Championship - China
Of the 47 AFC member associations, a total of 42 teams entered the competition. They are divided into two zones
- West: 22 teams, to be drawn into five groups: two groups of five teams and three groups of four teams.
- East: 20 teams, to be drawn into four groups: five groups of four teams.
The draw will be held on 17 March 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The teams are seeded according to their performance in the previous season in 2016.
Qualifiers to be played from July 15-23 July, 2017.
Pot 1 - Iraq, Qatar, UAE, Iran & Jordan.
Pot 2 - Uzbekistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Oman.'
Pot 3 - Tajikistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Bahrain & India.
Pot 4 - Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka.
Pot 5 - Nepal & Turkmenistan
East Asia :
Pot 1 - Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Australia & Thailand.
Pot 2 - China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar & Laos.
Pot 3 - Malaysia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste , Chinese Taipei & Singapore.
Pot 4 - Mongolia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Brunei & Macau.
Pot 5 - Guam
Player Eligibility :
Players born on or after 1 January 1995 are eligible to compete in the tournament.