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Asian Football Confederation
It is the Asian confederation, who will have a record presence in 2002. The dual hosts Japan and Korea qualify as of right. They will be joined by two - possibly three - other teams.

THE QUALIFYING COMPETITION
Of the 44 Asian Football Confederation members, 42 made themselves available for the 2002 World Cup. Afghanistan and Korea DPR did not enroll.

2 or 3 teams plus the hosts Korea Republic and Japan will play in the finals.

40 teams will compete in the qualifying competition which is made up of three rounds. In the first round there are 10 groups of four teams. Each team will play another in its group twice, home and away. The group winners will advance to the second round where they will be drawn into two groups of five.

Again, the league system is in place with the two group winners qualifying for the World Cup. The two runners-up will play in a two-leg, home-and-away, play-off, the third round, with the winner competing in another play-off with a country from UEFA for a spot in the 2002 finals.

In the UEFA qualifying competition, the nine group runners-up will be drawn from a pot. Eight teams will play in a UEFA play-off the remaining team will play the AFC third round play-off winner. The victors will earn a berth in the finals.

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