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Uzbekistan were drawn to face Iran and Turkmenistan in Asia's preliminary qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup in November.

The White Wolves will also take on the winners of a playoff between Hong Kong and Bhutan, to be held over two legs on Oct. 12 and 17.

FIFA's decision to increase the size of the World Cup to 48 nations means Asia has been granted eight guaranteed berths plus a possible ninth spot at the finals available through a series of intercontinental playoffs.

Teams finishing in the top two positions in the nine groups drawn in Kuala Lumpur will advance to the third preliminary round, where three groups of six teams will compete for the World Cup spots.


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