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2002 FIFA World Cup The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for List of men's national association football teams, men's national association football teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 200 ...
qualification Qualification is either the process of qualifying for an achievement, or a credential attesting to that achievement, and may refer to: * Professional qualification, attributes developed by obtaining academic degrees or through professional exper ...
rounds for
Asia Asia () is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern Hemisphere, Eastern and Northern Hemisphere, Northern Hemisphere of the Earth, Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the conti ...
. The Asian Football Confederation was allocated four and half qualifying berths for the
2002 FIFA World Cup The 2002 FIFA World Cup was the 17th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for List of men's national association football teams, men's national association football teams organized by FIFA. It was held from 31 May to 30 June 200 ...
,
South Korea South Korea (Korean language, Korean: /, Revised Romanization of Korean, RR: ''Hanguk''; literally /, Revised Romanization of Korean, RR: ''Namhan'', or /, McCune–Reischauer, MR: ''Namchosŏn'' in North Korean usage), officially the R ...
and
Japan , image_flag = Flag of Japan.svg , alt_flag = Centered deep red circle on a white rectangle , image_coat = Imperial Seal of Japan.svg , alt_coat = Golden circle subdiv ...
, the co-hosts, qualified automatically, leaving two and half spots open for competition between 40 teams.
Myanmar Myanmar (; my, မြန်မာ ) or Burma ( my, ဗမာ ), officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh and India to its northwest, China to its northeast, Laos a ...
withdrew from the tournament after being placed in Group 2 but before any matches had been played, therefore reducing the group to 3 teams. Afghanistan national football team, Afghanistan, Bhutan national football team, Bhutan and North Korea national football team, North Korea chose not to participate. Asia's two remaining automatic qualifying berths were taken by Saudi Arabia national football team, Saudi Arabia and China national football team, China. Iran national football team, Iran defeated United Arab Emirates national football team, United Arab Emirates for the chance to become the possible fifth Asian qualifier, but lost to Republic of Ireland national football team, Ireland in the intercontinental play-off.


Tournament structure

There were three rounds of play: *First Stage: The 39 teams were divided into 9 groups of 4 teams each, and 1 group of 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice, except in Group 2, where the teams played against each other once. The group winners would advance to the Final Round. *Second Stage: The 10 teams were divided into 2 groups of 5 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would advance to the AFC Play-off. *Play-off: The 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The winner would advance to the UEFA/AFC Intercontinental Play-off.


First round


Group 1


Group 2


Group 3


Group 4


Group 5


Group 6


Group 7


Group 8


Group 9


Group 10


Second round


Group A


Group B


Play-off

---- ''Iran win 4-0 on aggregate and qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA–AFC play-off)''


Intercontinental play-off


Qualified teams

The following four teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament. :
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. ''Italic'' indicates hosts for that year.


Goalscorers


External links


FIFA.com Reports


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