AFC clarify the rules as to how qualification to the World Cup will work
In a letter sent to all the 16 participating member associations, AFC has confirmed that in case Thailand finishes among the top four, the fifth ranked team will qualify for the World Cup. Thailand will be playing in the World Cup as hosts regardless of their position in the AFC Futsal Championship.
Teams who reach the quarter-final stage are entitled to be considered for ranking positions five to eight. The following criteria will be applied to determine the fifth ranked team.
- Greater goal difference in quarter-final match
- Greater number of goals scored in the quarter-final match
- Greater goal difference in the group matches
- Greater number of goals scored in the group matches
The participating countries in the AFC Futsal Championship 2012 are: Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Qatar, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and hosts UAE.