Nepal U23 football team was drawn with the same team Japan, Vietnam and Pakistan in Group D. The re-draw of Asian Games 2018 was conducted as two new entrants, UAE and Palestine joined the event. They are placed in Group E and group A.
Group A: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Chinese Taipei, Palestine
Group B: Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Qatar
Group C: Iraq, China PR, Timor-Leste, Syria
Group D: Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal
Group E: Korea Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Bahrain, UAE
Group F: DPR Korea, Saudi Arabia, IR Iran, Myanmar