Asia begin planning for 2014 qualifiers

KUALA LUMPUR - The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is still six months away but Asia is already planning for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced they will start their qualifying process for 2014 in October next year.

The final dates and the process have yet to be decided but the first round of qualifying would start on October 14.

The AFC said in July they would use the same format for 2010 to decide their qualifiers for 2014 with the teams that qualified for the 2010 finals progressing automatically to the third of four rounds.

Australia, Japan and both Koreas qualified from Asia for South Africa, while Bahrain lost a play-off against Oceania's New Zealand for a fifth spot.