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10/05/2010

Asian U-19 Championship draw announced

Japan will play against the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Jordan in the group stage of the AFC Under-19 Championship in October, it was announced at the draw in Zibo, China, on Sunday.

In the 16-team tournament, which also serves as a 2011 World Cup qualifier, Japan will play UAE on October 4, Vietnam on October 6 (both at Zibo Sports Center Stadium) and Jordan on October 8 (at Linzi Stadium) in Group C.
The top two finishers from the group will advance to the quarterfinals on October 11. The semifinals will be held on October 14 with the final scheduled for October 17 at Zibo Sports Center Stadium.
The semifinalists will earn a berth in next year’s U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
Japan reached the quarterfinals in the previous Asian Championship in 2008.

Draw:
Group A – China, Thailand, Syria, Saudi Arabia
Group B – Uzbekistan, Iraq, Bahrain, Korea DPR
Group C – United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Jordan, Japan
Group D – Korea Republic, Australia, Yemen, Iran