The AFC has announced the seeding for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. The format of the qualifying tournament will mirror that of the 2010 edition, meaning Palestine’s campaign could last anywhere from two to twenty-four games (if they qualify through the intercontinental playoff spot). Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR, and Bahrain have all been given byes into the third round.
The first round of qualifying will be played over two matches, home and away on the June 29th and July 3rd. Here are Palestine’s possible opponents:
6. Saudi Arabia, 7. Iran, 8. Qatar, 9. Uzbekistan, 10. UAE, 11. Syria, 12. Oman, 13. Jordan, 14. Iraq, 15. China, 16. Singapore, 17. Kuwait, 18. Turkmenistan, 19. Thailand, 20. Lebanon, 21. Yemen, 22. Tajikistan, 23. Hong Kong, 24. Indonesia.
Palestine is ranked 36th, which means no matter what the result of the other first round matches, they will participate in the second round of qualifying on the 23rd and 28th of July.
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