Kuala Lumpur, October 23 (QNA) – Twelve Asian teams will continue their quest to reach Paris when the Asian Qualifiers resumes with Round 2 this Thursday.
Divided into three groups, the four sides within each will play a single round-robin league format in their respective centralised venues over three matchdays from October 26 to November 1, 2023.
The group winners and the best-ranked runners-up will advance to Round 3 – to be played in February 2024 – and will battle in two pairs of home and away matches, with the victors of each tie filling the two berths on offer for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at the 2024 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.
The tournament in France will mark the eighth occasion of a women’s football competition at the Olympic Games and this is the sixth time that the AFC is organising the Asian Qualifiers since first doing so in 2004.
Australia, China, Japan and DPR Korea are the only four Asian women’s football teams to have ever participated in the Olympics and the quartet will be in contention again, having all made it to the second round.