0100 GMT December 11, 2017
The tournament will be held in Pantai Batu Buruk, Kuala Terengganu, in Malaysia during March 4-11, the-afc.com reported.
Reigning champion Oman was drawn in Group B and will begin the defense of its title against Lebanon, Uzbekistan, and Thailand.
Japan, runner-up to Oman in 2015, is looking to claim a third title following its wins in 2009 and 2011, and has been drawn in Group C alongside 2007 and 2008 champion the UAE, Iraq and Qatar.
Meanwhile, 2013 champion, Islamic Republic of Iran will meet Bahrain, China PR, Malaysia and Afghanistan in Group A.
AFC Beach Soccer Championship Malaysia 2017 Groups
Group A: Iran, Bahrain, China PR, Malaysia, Afghanistan
Group B: Oman, Lebanon, Uzbekistan, Thailand
Group C: Japan, UAE, Iraq, Qatar
The group winners and the best second-placed team from the three groups will qualify for the semifinals, the winners of which will advance to the final.
The top three teams will fly the Asian flag at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas which is scheduled to begin on April 27.