Kuala Lumpur, Dec 6 (UNI) India have been seeded 22nd ahead of Lebanon for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in the seedings and qualification format announced here today.
India are ranked 145th in the latest FIFA rankings, eight places below Lebanon, and they had recently lost to the west Asians in both the home and away 2010 World Cup qualifiers first round matches.
But, in the seedings based on the results of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 and its qualifiers, India are seeded ahead of Lebanon.
The qualification process will have two rounds. In Round One, eight teams seeded 20th to 27th -- Kuwait (20th), Singapore (21st), India (22nd), Lebanon (23rd), North Korea (24th), Myanmar (25th), Maldives (26th) and Turkmenistan (27th) -- will be paired by a draw to be conducted here on December 17.
The four victorious teams from Round One will join the 16 teams ranked fourth to 19th. These 20 teams shall be divided into five groups of four for the Round Two.
The top two teams from each group of Round Two will qualify for the tournament proper in 2011.
The ten qualifiers from Round Two will join the top three seeds who are the top three finishers of AFC Asian Cup 2007 -- Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Korea Republic -- in addition to hosts Qatar and the winners of the AFC Challenge Cup competitions in 2008 and 2010, bringing the total number of participating teams to 16.
The Seedings: 1. Iraq; 2. Saudi Arabia; 3. Korea Republic.; 4. Japan; 5. Australia; 6. Iran; 7. Uzbekistan; 8. Vietnam; 9. China; 10. Thailand; 11. Indonesia; 12. UAE; 13. Bahrain; 14. Oman; 15. Malaysia; 16. Jordan; 17. Syria; 18. Hong Kong; 19. Yemen; 20. Kuwait; 21. Singapore; 22. India; 23. Lebanon; 24. North Korea; 25. Myanmar; 26. Maldives; 27. Turkmenistan UNI XC PDS SSC KN1729