The Australian Women’s Under-19 team have been placed in Group A of the AFC Women’s U19 qualifying round following the official draw this afternoon.

Australia, who missed out on third place in 2017 after a 3-0 loss to China PR, will face Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Lebanon and newcomers Mongolia in Group A.

Thailand will host India, Pakistan, Nepal and Singapore in Group B.

Malaysia will make a return to the AFC qualifiers since their last participation in 2006, and are grouped alongside Vietnam, Jordan and Northern Mariana Islands in Group E.

Group F hosts Myanmar will be up against Islamic Republic of Iran, Palestine and tournament debutants Laos.

Japan, DPR Korea and China PR, who were the top three teams in the 2017 edition, received direct qualification to the 2019 Finals.

The qualifying campaign will consist of two rounds.

In Round 1, the group winners and two best second-placed teams will progress to Round 2, where the top four teams would then advance to the Finals.

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