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Main article: 1956 AFC Asian Cup
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The qualification for the 1956 AFC Asian Cup consisted of 19 teams separated into three zones. The winner of each zone would join hosts Hong Kong in the final tournament. Qualification was done in a two-legged format, home and away games.

Central zone

First Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Indonesia 23x15px Bye
Westrailia 23x15px w/o 23x15px Singapore
South Vietnam 23x15px 9–1 23x15px Thailand 6–0 3–1
Malaya 23x15px 13–3 23x15px Cambodia 10–1 3–2

First leg

17 March 1956
Malaya 23x15px 10–1 23x15px Cambodia
Ghani Soccerball shade 14'25'30'35'40'45'48'
Pang Siang Hock Soccerball shade 20'49'8'
Reith Soccerball shade 71'
TPCA Stadium, Kuala Lumpur


17 March 1956
South Vietnam 23x15px 6–0 23x15px Thailand


Second leg

17 April 1956
Thailand 23x15px 1–3 23x15px South Vietnam


South Vietnam won 9-1 on aggregate


24 April 1956
Cambodia 23x15px 2–3 23x15px Malaya

Malaya won 13–3 on aggregate.

Second Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Indonesia 23x15px w/o 23x15px Westrailia
South Vietnam 23x15px 4–5 23x15px Malaya 3–1 1–4

First leg

3 May 1956
South Vietnam 23x15px 3–1 23x15px Malaya
Saigon

Second leg

24 May 1956
Malaya 23x15px 4–1 23x15px South Vietnam
Princes Road Stadium, Kuala Lumpur

Malaya won 5-4 on aggregate

Third Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Westrailia 23x15px 4–1 23x15px Malaya 2–0 2–1

First leg

15 June 1956
Westrailia 23x15px 2–0 23x15px Malaya
Perth

Second leg

29 June 1956
Malaya 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Westrailia
Princes Road Stadium, Kuala Lumpur

Westrailia won 4-1 on aggregate

Eastern Zone

First Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Korea 23x15px Bye
China PR 23x15px Bye
Japan 23x15px w/o 23x15px Taiwan
Philippines 23x15px w/o 23x15px Burma

Second Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Korea 23x15px w/o 23x15px China PR
Japan 23x15px 7–0 23x15px Philippines 4–0 3–0

First leg

25 February 1956
Japan Flag of Japan.svg 4–0 23x15px Philippines


Second leg

9 March 1956
Philippines 23x15px 0–3 Flag of Japan.svg Japan

Japan won 7-0 on aggregate

Third Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Korea 23x15px 5–3 23x15px Japan 3–1 2–2

First leg

26 August 1956
Korea 23x15px 3–1 23x15px Japan
Seoul

Second leg

2 September 1956
Japan 23x15px 3–1 23x15px Korea
Tokyo

Korea won 5-3 on aggregate

Western zone

First Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
India 23x15px Bye
Lebanon 23x15px w/o 23x15px Pakistan
Afghanistan 23x15px w/o 23x15px Syria
Iran 23x15px w/o 23x15px Israel

Second Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
India 23x15px w/o 23x15px Lebanon
Bye 23x15px Israel

Third Round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lebanon 23x15px 2–7 23x15px Israel 1–2 1–5

First leg

12 August 1956
Lebanon 23x15px 1–2 23x15px Israel


Second leg

26 August 1956
Israel 23x15px 5–1 23x15px Lebanon


Israel won 7-2 on aggregate

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