India was drawn alongside Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan in Group G of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2024 Asian Qualifiers Round 1 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
Twenty-six teams are divided into five groups of four and two groups of three, with matches to be played in a one-round league format in a centralized venue from April 3 to 11, 2023.
Round 1 Draw
Group A: Uzbekistan, Jordan, Timor-Leste, Bhutan
Group B: Myanmar, Iran, Bangladesh, Maldives
Group C: Vietnam, Nepal, Palestine, Afghanistan
Group D: Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Group E: Philippines, Hong Kong, Tajikistan, Pakistan
Group F: Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Lebanon
Group G: India, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan
How can India qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics?
The winners from the seven groups will advance to Round 2.
India will, therefore, have to top Group G, and the group winners will face the five highest-seeded teams next, namely Japan, North Korea, Australia, China and South Korea.
Four teams from Round 2 – the three group winners and the best-ranked runners-up – will then lock horns in Round 3 in two games, in home and away format, with the winner qualifying for the Paris 2024 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.