India to play Myanmar in Olympic qualifier

India to play Myanmar in Olympic qualifier

In all, 35 teams have entered the fray to grab the guaranteed three and possibly four slots reserved for the continent for the Olympics.

The 22 lowest-ranked teams, based on the qualifiers and final round of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, were drawn to play in a home-and-away format on February 23 and March 9, 2011, with the winners making it to round two.

The 11 winners from the first round will join the 13 highest-ranked teams in the second round, where they will again play in a home-and-away format on June 19 and 23, 2011.

The 12 winners will then be divided into three groups of four teams each in the third round. Again, a home-and-away format from September 21, 2011 to March 14, 2012, will determine the winners who will represent the continent in the Olympics.

Three second-placed teams from the third round will play in a play-off at a centralised venue from March 25 to 29, 2012, and the winners of this group will meet the representatives of CAF for a berth in the Olympics. The group stage will be played between March 20 to 31, 2011 and the hosts will be announced later.