2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification – Third Round
The third round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification was played from 26 March 2017 to 27 March 2018.
A total of 24 teams (16 teams which advanced from the second round and eight teams which advanced from the play-off round) compete in the third round to compete for the final 12 slots in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Since the hosts United Arab Emirates advanced to the third round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, the automatic slot for the hosts is no longer necessary.
The 24 teams were divided into six groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where they are joined by the 12 teams which qualified directly from the second round.
- Teams qualified from second round
|Group||Runners-up (Worst 4)||Third place||Fourth place (Best 4)|
- Guam withdrew from the tournament due to financial constraints. The All Nepal Football Association announced on 27 December 2016 that they accepted an offer from the AFC to replace Guam.
- The Kuwait Football Association was suspended by FIFA. Kuwait had a deadline of 11 January 2017 for lifting of the suspension, but they were unable to do so and were replaced by Macau.
- Teams qualified from play-off round
- Teams qualified from Solidarity Cup
Due to the withdrawal of Guam and the suspension of Kuwait, the AFC invited both Nepal and Macau, the top two teams of the 2016 AFC Solidarity Cup, to re-enter 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification as replacements in order to maintain 24 teams in the third round of the competition.
|Nepal (replaced Guam)|
|Macau (replaced Kuwait)|
The national teams which eventually qualified are presented in bold.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
|Matchday 1||28 March 2017||1 v 4, 3 v 2|
|Matchday 2||13 June 2017||4 v 3, 2 v 1|
|Matchday 3||5 September 2017||4 v 2, 1 v 3|
|Matchday 4||10 October 2017||2 v 4, 3 v 1|
|Matchday 5||14 November 2017||4 v 1, 2 v 3|
|Matchday 6||27 March 2018||1 v 2, 3 v 4|
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- If more than two teams are tied, and after applying criteria 1 to 4, a subset of teams are still tied, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Goals scored in all group matches;
- Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
- Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
- Drawing of lots.
|1||India||6||4||1||1||11||5||+6||13[a]||2019 AFC Asian Cup||—||1–0||2–2||4–1|
- Head-to-head results: India 1–0 Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyzstan 2–1 India (India won on away goals).
|1||Lebanon||6||5||1||0||14||4||+10||16||2019 AFC Asian Cup||—||5–0||2–0||2–1|
|Hong Kong||1–1||North Korea|
|North Korea||2–0||Hong Kong|
|1||Jordan||6||3||3||0||16||5||+11||12||2019 AFC Asian Cup||—||1–1||4–1||7–0|
|1||Oman||6||5||0||1||28||5||+23||15[a]||2019 AFC Asian Cup||—||1–0||5–0||14–0|
- Head-to-head results: Palestine 2–1 Oman, Oman 1–0 Palestine (Oman won on away goals).
|1||Bahrain||6||4||1||1||15||3||+12||13||2019 AFC Asian Cup||—||4–0||5–0||0–0|
|1||Philippines||6||3||3||0||13||8||+5||12||2019 AFC Asian Cup||—||2–2||2–1||4–1|
There were 243 goals scored in 72 matches, for an average of 3.38 goals per match.
- Jabar Sharza
- Abdulla Yaser
- Hilal El-Helwe
- Balwant Singh
- Yaseen Al-Bakhit
- Mirlan Murzaev
- Vitalij Lux
- Niki Torrão
- Safawi Rasid
- Ali Fasir
- Sithu Aung
- Jong Il-gwan
- Sami Al-Hasani
- Mohsin Al-Khaldi
- Ahmad Maher Wridat
- Yashir Pinto
- Mahmoud Yousef
- Dilshod Vasiev
- Myrat Ýagşyýew
- Wahyt Orazsähedow
- Nguyễn Anh Đức
- Nguyễn Văn Quyết
- Hassan Amin
- Khaibar Amani
- Zohib Islam Amiri
- Zubayr Amiri
- Ali Jaafar Mohamed Madan
- Ismail Abdullatif
- Komail Al-Aswad
- Mohamed Al Romaihi
- Sayed Reda Issa
- Jamal Rashid
- Chencho Gyeltshen
- Karma Shedrup Tshering
- Prak Mony Udom
- Chan Vathanaka
- Khoun Laboravy
- Chen Chao-an
- Chu En-le
- Xavier Chen
- Alessandro Ferreira Leonardo
- Jaimes McKee
- Tan Chun Lok
- Jordi Tarrés
- Rowllin Borges
- Mohannad Al-Souliman
- Musa Al-Taamari
- Saeed Murjan
- Ahmed Samir
- Azamat Baymatov
- Viktor Maier
- Bekzhan Sagynbaev
- Islam Shamshiev
- Ali Hamam
- Mohammed Ghaddar
- Nour Mansour
- Samir Ayass
- Chan Pak Chun
- Carlos Fernandes
- Mahali Jasuli
- Syafiq Ahmad
- Syazwan Zainon
- Ahmed Abdulla
- Hamza Mohamed
- Hussain Sifaau Yoosuf
- Ibrahim Waheed Hassan
- Aung Thu
- Min Min Thu
- Kyi Lin
- Yan Naing Oo
- Bimal Gharti Magar
- Bishal Rai
- Nawayug Shrestha
- Kim Yong-il
- Ri Yong-jik
- Said Al-Ruzaiqi
- Jameel Al-Yahmadi
- Salaah Al-Yahyaei
- Raed Ibrahim Saleh
- Nadir Mabrook
- Ahmad Abu Nahyeh
- Abdullah Jaber
- Mohammad Natour
- Khaled Salem
- Tamer Seyam
- Kevin Ingreso
- Mike Ott
- Iain Ramsay
- Daisuke Sato
- James Younghusband
- Irfan Fandi
- Shakir Hamzah
- Hariss Harun
- Nuriddin Davronov
- Akhtam Nazarov
- Ruslan Mingazow
- Đinh Thanh Trung
- Mạc Hồng Quân
- Nguyễn Công Phượng
- Nguyễn Quang Hải
- Nguyễn Văn Toàn
- Ala Al-Sasi
- Mudir Al-Radaei
- Tawfiq Ali Mansour
1 own goal
- Since the Government of Kyrgyzstan had advised them that the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Final Round Group A qualifying match between Kyrgyz Republic and Myanmar should not take place in Bishkek as scheduled on 5 September 2017 due to increased security concerns following Myanmar military clearance operations against Rohingya in August-September 2017, the AFC decided to postpone the match. On 24 November 2017, the AFC announced that the match will be played on 22 March 2018 at a neutral venue, with the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic covering all the costs of the Myanmar team and of the match organisation, including airfares and accommodation. The two Member Associations will be requested to agree on the neutral venue, and if they fail to reach a consensus the AFC will make the appointment. On 12 February 2018, the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic announced that the match is to be played in Incheon, South Korea.
- Due to the death of Kim Jong-nam that led to a diplomatic crisis between Malaysia and North Korea, the Malaysian government decided to disallow the Malaysian football team from playing in North Korea for safety reasons. On 10 March 2017, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that North Korea's home match against Malaysia, originally scheduled for 28 March at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang, would be postponed, with the AFC announcing on 15 March 2017 that the match would be played on 8 June. On 17 May 2017, the AFC announced that the match was postponed for a second time, to 5 October, due to "geo-political tension on the Korean Peninsula". On 28 September 2017, the AFC announced that the match was again postponed after the Malaysian government announced a travel ban on Malaysian nationals visiting North Korea. On 20 October 2017, the AFC announced that both matches between North Korea and Malaysia would be played at a neutral venue in the interests of competition fairness, with North Korea's "home" match played on 10 November 2017 and Malaysia's "home" match played on 13 November 2017.
- On 15 March 2017, the AFC announced that should diplomatic relations between the two countries not return to normal, the match between North Korea and Malaysia would be played at a neutral venue, and Malaysia's home match against North Korea would also be moved to a neutral venue to preserve sporting values and the spirit of fair play. After the AFC received confirmation that Malaysians were allowed to travel to North Korea, the AFC agreed that the match would be played in Pyongyang. However, at the announcement of the second postponement, the AFC said the venue would be decided after monitoring the safety and security of the AFC Cup and AFC U-23 Championship qualifying matches taking place in North Korea in the coming months. On 20 October 2017, the AFC announced that both matches between North Korea and Malaysia would be played at a neutral venue in the interests of competition fairness, with North Korea's "home" match played on 10 November 2017 and Malaysia's "home" match played on 13 November 2017, which were later confirmed to be played at Thailand.
- Afghanistan played their home matches in Tajikistan due to security concerns from the war in Afghanistan.
- The Singapore - Chinese Taipei match, originally scheduled for 13 June 2017 at the Singapore National Stadium, was brought forward at the request of the Football Association of Singapore to accommodate a possible Singapore - Argentina friendly at the same location on 13 June. In addition, the game will be held away from the Singapore National Stadium due to the venue hosting a rugby test match between Scotland and Italy on the new date.
- Yemen played their home matches in Qatar due to security concerns from the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.
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