1988 AFC Youth Championship

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The 1988 AFC Youth Championship finals were held between October 17 and October 28 in Doha, capital of Qatar. Eight teams enterd the final tournament, playing for the Asian Youth title and a spot at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship in Saudi Arabia.

Iraq won the tournament, beating Syria 4–3 after a penalty shootout. Hosts Qatar grabbed the third place.

The Iraqi team qualified for the World Cup Finals, whereas Syria and Qatar had to enter a play-off round against Australia and New Zealand. Syria won the tournament it hosted in January 1989 in Aleppo.

Teams[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Syria 6 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4
 Qatar 4 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5
 North Korea 2 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3
 China PR 0 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6
17 October 1988
China PR  0 – 1  Syria


17 October 1988
Qatar  4 – 1  North Korea


19 October 1988
North Korea  0 – 2  Syria


19 October 1988
Qatar  5 – 2  China PR


21 October 1988
Syria  1 – 0  Qatar


21 October 1988
North Korea  3 – 1  China PR

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Iraq 5 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 United Arab Emirates 4 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1
 South Korea 3 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
 Japan 0 3 0 0 3 3 7 −4
18 October 1988
Japan  1 – 3  South Korea


18 October 1988
Iraq  0 – 0  United Arab Emirates


20 October 1988
Japan  1 – 2  United Arab Emirates


20 October 1988
South Korea  0 – 1  Iraq


22 October 1988
Iraq  2 – 1  Japan


22 October 1988
United Arab Emirates  0 – 0  South Korea

Semi finals[edit]

25 October 1988
Iraq  1 – 1
5–4 (PSO)
 Qatar


25 October 1988
Syria  2 – 0  United Arab Emirates

Third place play-off[edit]

27 October 1988
Qatar  2 – 0  United Arab Emirates

Final[edit]

28 October 1988
Iraq  1 – 1
5–4 (PSO)
 Syria

Qualification to World Youth Championship[edit]

The following teams qualified for the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championship.

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