According to the draw held at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, June 5, 2015, a total of 43 member associations are drawn into 10 groups dividing into two zones – the West Zone (25 teams) and the East Zone (18 teams).
Group A: Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (hosts), Bhutan
Group B: Yemen, Saudi Arabia (hosts), Turkmenistan, Syria
Group C: UAE, Palestine (hosts), India, Afghanistan
Group D: Qatar (hosts), Oman, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan
Group E: Iran (hosts), Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal
Group F: Iraq, Bahrain, Maldives, Tajikistan (hosts)
Group G: Myanmar, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Brunei, Timor-Leste
Group H: Thailand, Korea Republic, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Northern Mariana Islands
Group I: DPR Korea, China, Malaysia, Macau
Group J: Japan, Australia, Philippines, Laos
The winners of each group and five best second-place nations will qualify for the final round of the championship. Among the 16 finalists, Bahrain will qualify for the final as host nation.
The draw seeding was based on the rankings from the AFC U-19 Championship 2014. Qatar had won the title defeating DPR Korea 1-0.
Similarly, Nepal is pitted along Oman, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan in the AFC U-16 Qualifiers 2016 scheduled to kick off from September 12 to 20 in India.
Group A: Uzbekistan, Yemen, Palestine (hosts), Maldives
Group B: Nepal, Oman, Kyrgyzstan (hosts), Jordan
Group C: Qatar (hosts), Tajikistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan
Group D: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, Bangladesh (hosts)
Group E: Iran (hosts), Bahrain, India, Lebanon
Group F: Syria, Kuwait (hosts), Afghanistan, Sri Lanka
Group G: Malaysia, Laos, Philippines, Northern Mariana Islands, Timor-Leste
Group H: DPR Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia
Group I: Korea Republic, China, Chinese Taipei, Macau
Group J: Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Guam
Group K: Japan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Mongolia
The 11 group winners and four best second-place teams will qualify for the next round of final 16.