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U17 Women’s Asia Cup draw to be held on Thursday

DOHA: The stage will be set for the AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup Indonesia 2024 on Thursday, when the official Final Draw ceremony takes place at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.

Eight teams will discover their Group Stage rivals for the ninth edition of the tournament that will be played from May 6 to 19, 2024 in Bali, Indonesia, who will hold it for the first time.

Half of the final cast was determined after two qualifying rounds, which began with 24 sides in April 2023 and concluded last September. Australia, Korea Republic, Thailand and the Philippines came through to join the three highest-seeded sides from the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 – defending champions Japan, DPR Korea and China PR – and Indonesia, who automatically qualified as hosts.

China PR, Japan, Korea Republic and Thailand are the only teams to reach the final tournament of every edition to date, while the Philippines will make their debut after becoming the 21st different side to qualify.

As the Host Association, Indonesia will be seeded first for the draw, with the remaining teams ranked by their performances at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019.

The teams will be divided equally into two groups to contest a single-round league format, with the top two finishers in each group qualifying to the semis.

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