The results of the draw for the Asian region preliminary group of Korean women’s soccer, which is challenging to advance to the Olympic finals for the first time in history, will be released on the 18th.
The Asian Football Confederation안전놀이터 (AFC) is scheduled to hold a draw ceremony for the 2024 Paris Olympics in Asia at noon on the 18th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
According to the port allocation announced by the AFC, Australia (10th), Japan (11th), and China (13th) were assigned to pot 1 based on the FIFA rankings, while Korea, 17th, Vietnam (33rd), It entered pot 2 with Taiwan (37th).
Port 3 consisted of Thailand (44th), Philippines (49th) and Uzbekistan (50th), while Port 4 was India (61st), Iran (67th) and North Korea.
North Korea has no recent international competition history, so there is no ranking.
The second round of qualifiers will be held in October this year, and these 12 countries will be divided into three groups for a group stage.
The first place in each group advances to the final qualifying round, and the best-performing team among the second-placed countries in the group advances to the final round.
The final qualifier, scheduled for February 2024, is a home-and-away match in which four countries are classified into two, and the owners of the two Olympic tickets are determined.
Australia, China and Uzbekistan have been chosen as the venues for the second qualifying round, and these three countries will play in different groups.
Korean women’s soccer, led by coach Colin Bell, has yet to advance to the Olympic finals.
During the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, we played a home-and-away match against China, but after losing 1-2 in the first leg at home, we failed to maintain a 2-0 lead in the second leg of the away game, and failed to advance to the finals after drawing 2-2 after extra time.
In the group stage, the No. 1 pot country must be defeated, and if North Korea, which belongs to the No. 4 seed, is included in the group, it is expected that a ‘group of death’ will be formed.
Olympic soccer has no age limit for women. Only players under the age of 23 can compete in men’s Olympic soccer, and only three players over the age of 23 per country can participate.