AFC had to drop their beloved performance based seeding and will use the July FIFA ranking for the group stage draw.
Using the simulation results to determine the teams qualified for the group stage, let's see the teams affected by this change in the seeding procedure.
Pots using the AFC performance based seeding:
Pot 1: Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, Korea DPR, Bahrain
Pot 2: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates
Pot 3: Syria, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Singapore
Pot 4: China PR, Kuwait, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Lebanon
Pots using the FIFA ranking:
Pot 1: Australia, China PR, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic
Pot 2: Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan
Pot 3: Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Syria, United Arab Emirates
Pot 4: Korea DPR, Lebanon, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan
3 - China PR
1 - Iran, Jordan, Kuwait
-3 - Korea DPR
-1 - Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Singapore