Pakistan are placed in Group E of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2024 Asian Qualifiers Round 1 after the draw on Thursday.
The other teams in Pakistan’s group include Philippines, Hong Kong and Tajikistan.
The matches will be played between April 3-11 this year in a one-round league format at a centralised venue.
“The winners of each group in this round will then advance to Round 2 where they will be joined by the five highest seeded teams – DPR Korea, Japan, Australia, China PR, and Korea Republic,” the AFC said in a press release.
“The seeds for the Round 1 draw are based on the latest FIFA Women’s World Ranking released on December 9, 2022, while the participants who do not feature in the ranking table are listed as non-ranked teams.
“Four teams from Round 2 – three group winners and the best-ranked runners-up – then face off in Round 3 where they play two pairs of home and away matches with the two eventual winners qualifying for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Paris in 2024.”
Based on their respective rankings, the names of 26 teams were drawn from four seeding pots, as below:
Pot 1 (teams ranked 6-12): Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Philippines, India.
Pot 2 (13-19): Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia
Pot 3 (20-26): Palestine, Singapore, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste.
Pot 4 (27-30 + 1 non-ranked team): Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan.
The Pakistan women’s team is currently participating in a four-nation tournament in Saudi Arabia, where they won, 1-0, their opening match against Comoros on Wednesday.
Their second match is against Mauritius on January 15, meanwhile their final encounter is against Saudi Arabia on 19 of the same month.