(i) 2019 Asian Cup is to increase from 16 to 24 teams
(ii) Challenge Cup is to be abolished
(iii) WC & Asian Cup qualifiers are to be combined
http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/asian-cu ... o-24-teamsTeams will be divided into eight groups with the pool winners and four best-placed second sides reaching both the Asian Cup and the final World Cup qualifiers.
The next 24 best teams will be split into six groups of four to battle it out for the remaining Asian Cup spots
This should add a bit more spice to the Asian Cup qualifiers! It will be interesting to see how they resolve the issue of the host.