2015 AFC Asian Cup

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2015 AFC Asian Cup
2015 AFC Asian Cup crest.png
Tournament details
Host country  Australia
Dates 9–31 January
Teams 16
Venue(s) 5 (in 5 host cities)
2011
2019

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup will be the 16th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, an international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is scheduled to be held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015.[1] The winners of the tournament will earn the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which is to be hosted by Russia.

Australia was chosen as the host on 5 January 2011, after being the sole bidder for the right to host the 2015 tournament. The matches will be played in five different stadia in five cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle. It will be the first time that Australia hosts the tournament, and it will also be the first time the Asian Cup will be hosted outside the continent of Asia. As hosts, Australia have automatically qualified for the final tournament, while the remaining 15 finalists (with the exception of Japan and South Korea who qualified via their position in the previous Asian Cup) were decided through a qualification process, featuring 44 teams, from February 2013 to March 2014.

Host selection[edit]

Australia was the sole bidder for the hosting rights and was officially named host on 5 January 2011.

"Considering the efforts of the Football Federation Australia in developing the game on their territory and considering also all the achievements that have been made towards the development of football in Australia and to encourage Australia to take steps towards developing the game, I am happy and honoured to announce that the executive committee of the Asian Football Confederation has approved Australia as the host nation of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup," said then-AFC President, Mohammed Bin Hammam.[2]

Qualification[edit]

  Qualified for Asian Cup
  Failed to qualify

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification process determined the 16 participating teams for the tournament. In the initial scheme, ten places were determined by qualification matches, while six places were reserved for the 2015 host nation, top three finishers in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, and the two winners of the AFC Challenge Cup. Though, as the host nation Australia also finished as runners-up in the 2011 Asian Cup, the initial six automatic qualification spots were reduced to five, with a total of 11 spots eventually determined by the qualification matches, in which 20 AFC members competed.[3]

There were two main competitive paths to the 2015 Asian Cup. The AFC Challenge Cup acted as a qualification competition for eligible countries within the emerging and developing category of member associations. The winners of the AFC Challenge Cup competitions in 2012 and 2014 qualified automatically to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals.[4] The remaining spots were available for the teams competing in the main Asian Cup preliminaries. The AFC decided that the 20 teams involved in the qualifiers would be drawn into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and one best third-placed team from among all the groups would qualify for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[5]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following sixteen teams qualified for the tournament.

Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearance in tournament1
 Australia Hosts 5 January 2011 2 (2007, 2011)
 Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup winners 25 January 2011 7 (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 South Korea 2011 AFC Asian Cup 3rd place 28 January 2011 12 (1956, 1960, 1964, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 North Korea 2012 Challenge Cup winners 19 March 2012 3 (1980, 1992, 2011)
 Bahrain Group D winners 15 November 2013 4 (1988, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 United Arab Emirates Group E winners 15 November 2013 8 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 Saudi Arabia Group C winners 15 November 2013 8 (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 Oman Group A winners 19 November 2013 2 (2004, 2007)
 Uzbekistan Group E runners-up 19 November 2013 5 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 Qatar Group D runners-up 19 November 2013 8 (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 Iran Group B winners 19 November 2013 12 (1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 Kuwait Group B runners-up 19 November 2013 9 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2011)
 Jordan Group A runners-up 4 February 2014 2 (2004, 2011)
 Iraq Group C runners-up 5 March 2014 7 (1972, 1976, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 China PR Best third-placed team 5 March 2014 10 (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011)
 Palestine 2014 Challenge Cup winners 30 May 2014 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year.

Final draw[edit]

The Sydney Opera House, location for the final draw.

The draw for the final tournament was held at the Sydney Opera House on 26 March 2014.[6] The 16 participating teams were drawn into the four groups of the group stage.[7] In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots using the March 2014 FIFA World Rankings (rankings beside the qualified teams), with the host nation Australia automatically occupying the A1 position of Pot 1.[8] At the time of the draw, the identity of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners was not known yet, and they were automatically placed into Pot 4.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Australia (63) (hosts)
 Iran (42)
 Japan (48)
 Uzbekistan (55)

 South Korea (60)
 United Arab Emirates (61)
 Jordan (66)
 Saudi Arabia (75)

 Oman (81)
 China PR (98)
 Qatar (101)
 Iraq (103)

 Bahrain (106)
 Kuwait (110)
 North Korea (133)
 Palestine (167)

Venues[edit]

Stadiums[edit]

The five host cities for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, were announced on 27 March 2013, with a total five stadia to be used.[9]

Sydney Newcastle Brisbane
Stadium Australia Newcastle Stadium Brisbane Stadium
Capacity: 84,000 Capacity: 33,000 Capacity: 52,500
Sydney-Galaxy-homebush.jpg Ausgrid Stadium.jpg Suncorpstadium071006a.JPG
Canberra
Canberra Stadium
Capacity: 25,011
BruceStadium19032005.JPG
Melbourne
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Capacity: 30,050
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium interior 2.jpg

Ticketing[edit]

Tickets for the venues were sold directly by AFC via its website, or distributed by the football associations of the 16 finalists. 500,000 tickets were available for the 31 tournament matches.[10] Over 45,000 international visitors were forecast to visit Australia during the tournament.[11] Prices varied from $15 (for a seat behind the goals at a group match) to $150 (for a seat in the main stand at the final). In addition to individual match tickets, fans could buy packages to see all matches played at one specific venue.[12]

Team base camps[edit]

Each team had a "team base camp" for its stay between the matches. From an initial list of 27 potential locations, the national associations chose their locations in 2014.[13] The teams will train and resided in these locations throughout the tournament, travelling to games staged away from their bases.[14]

Team Arrival Last match Base camp Group stage venues QF venues SF venues Final venue
 Australia 29 December Sydney Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane
 Bahrain 22 December Ballarat[15] Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney
 China PR 29 December Adelaide Brisbane & Canberra
 Iran 31 December Sydney Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane
 Iraq 1 January Canberra Brisbane & Canberra
 Japan 3 January Cessnock Newcastle, Brisbane & Melbourne
 Jordan 23 December Newcastle Brisbane & Melbourne
 Kuwait 18 December Queanbeyan Melbourne, Canberra & Newcastle
 North Korea 15 December Canberra Sydney, Melbourne & Canberra
 Oman 28 December Sydney Canberra, Sydney & Newcastle
 Palestine 2 January Brisbane Newcastle, Melbourne & Canberra
 Qatar 28 December Canberra Canberra & Sydney
 Saudi Arabia 26 December Brisbane Brisbane & Melbourne
 South Korea 27 December Brisbane Canberra & Brisbane
 United Arab Emirates 26 December Gold Coast Canberra & Brisbane
 Uzbekistan 3 January Melbourne Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne

Broadcasting[edit]

The tournament will be broadcast live by around 100 TV channels covering the whole world.[16] 800,000,000 people were expected to watch matches,[10] with the tournament reaching a potential TV audience of more than 2.5 billion people.[17] Below is the list of confirmed broadcasting right holders for 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Territory Channel Ref
 Arab League beIN Sports [16]
Asia-Pacific Fox International Channels [16]
 Australia Fox Sports, ABC [18]
 Brazil SporTV [16]
 China CCTV [19]
 Europe Eurosport [16]
 Hong Kong Now TV [19]
 Indonesia RCTI [16]
 Iran IRIB [19]
 Japan NHK, TV Asahi [16]
 Malaysia Media Prima [16]
 New Zealand Sky Sport [19]
North America ONE World Sports [16]
 South Africa SABC [19]
 South Korea SBS, MBC [16]
 Thailand Channel 7 [16]
 Philippines ABS-CBN [16]
 Uzbekistan SPORT-UZ [19]

Match ball[edit]

Main article: Nike Ordem 2
Nike Ordem 2, the official match ball of the tournament

The Nike Ordem 2 was announced as the official 2015 Asian Cup match ball on 1 October 2014. The ball features the traditional colors of the tournament. The mainly white ball has a distinctive design with a mainly red graphic pattern and yellow details for better visibility. It shows the official 2015 AFC Asian Cup logo as well as a black Swoosh. The ball was designed for true flight, accuracy and control, and features Nike Aerowtrac grooves and a micro-textured casing. Nike RaDaR (Rapid Decision and Response) technology with a unique graphic upper is also utilised in its design to see the ball faster, while the three layer synthetic upper is made for optimal touch.[20]

Match officials[edit]

In December 2014, AFC will name 12 referees and 24 assistant referee for the tournament.

Squads[edit]

Each country will have a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) which must be submitted before the deadline of 30 December 2014.[21]

Group stage[edit]

Result of countries participating in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup

The match schedule was announced on 27 March 2013.[9][22]

The winners and runners-up from each group advance to the knockout stage.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[21]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Oman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 9 January 2015. Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host.
9 January 2015
Australia  Match 1  Kuwait Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
10 January 2015
South Korea  Match 2  Oman Canberra Stadium, Canberra
13 January 2015
Kuwait  Match 9  South Korea Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Oman  Match 10  Australia Stadium Australia, Sydney
17 January 2015
Australia  Match 17  South Korea Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Oman  Match 18  Kuwait Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uzbekistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  China PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 January 2015. Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
10 January 2015
Uzbekistan  Match 3  North Korea Stadium Australia, Sydney
Saudi Arabia  Match 4  China PR Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
14 January 2015
North Korea  Match 11  Saudi Arabia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
China PR  Match 12  Uzbekistan Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
18 January 2015
Uzbekistan  Match 19  Saudi Arabia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
China PR  Match 20  North Korea Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Qatar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 January 2015. Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
11 January 2015
United Arab Emirates  Match 6  Qatar Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Iran  Match 5  Bahrain Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
15 January 2015
Bahrain  Match 13  United Arab Emirates Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Qatar  Match 14  Iran Stadium Australia, Sydney
19 January 2015
Iran  Match 21  United Arab Emirates Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Qatar  Match 22  Bahrain Stadium Australia, Sydney

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Iraq 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 January 2015. Source: Asian Cup Australia 2015
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
12 January 2015
Japan  Match 7  Palestine Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle
Jordan  Match 8  Iraq Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
16 January 2015
Palestine  Match 15  Jordan Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Iraq  Match 16  Japan Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
20 January 2015
Japan  Match 23  Jordan Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Iraq  Match 24  Palestine Canberra Stadium, Canberra

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[21]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
22 January – Melbourne        
 Winner Group A  
26 January – Sydney
 Runner-up Group B    
 Winner Match 25  
23 January – Canberra
     Winner Match 27    
 Winner Group C  
31 January – Sydney
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner Match 29  
22 January – Brisbane    
   Winner Match 30  
 Winner Group B  
27 January – Newcastle
 Runner-up Group A    
 Winner Match 26   Third place
23 January – Sydney
     Winner Match 28     30 January – Newcastle
 Winner Group D  
 Loser Match 29  
 Runner-up Group C    
 Loser Match 30  
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

22 January 2015
18:30 UTC+11
Winner Group A Match 25 Runner-up Group B
Report

22 January 2015
20:30 UTC+10
Winner Group B Match 26 Runner-up Group A
Report

23 January 2015
17:30 UTC+11
Winner Group C Match 27 Runner-up Group D
Report

23 January 2015
20:30 UTC+11
Winner Group D Match 28 Runner-up Group C
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

26 January 2015
20:00 UTC+11
Winner Match 25 Match 29 Winner Match 27
Report

27 January 2015
20:00 UTC+11
Winner Match 26 Match 30 Winner Match 28
Report

Third place match[edit]

30 January 2015
20:00 UTC+11
Loser Match 29 Match 31 Loser Match 30
Report

Final[edit]

31 January 2015
20:00 UTC+11
Winner Match 29 Match 32 Winner Match 30
Report


Marketing[edit]

Trophy tour[edit]

The Trophy Tour commenced in China in September 2014, it then travelled to Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Korea Republic and Japan before arriving in Australia in December, where it was taken to all five AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 host cities.[23]

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup will take place on 9 January, at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, before the opening match of the tournament between hosts Australia and Kuwait.[24] The ceremony will be produced by a consortium of sport event specialists Twenty3 Sports + Entertainment and creative technology firm Spinifex Group. The consortium has worked on major international sporting events including the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. [25] The opening ceremony for the Asian Cup will feature Australian DJ, singer and dancer Havana Brown and Australian indie pop band Sheppard. It will also feature 80 children from local junior football clubs and a performing cast of more than 120 Australian dancers, acrobats, Indigenous performers and football freestylers.[26]

Logo and mascot[edit]

The official logo for the tournament was unveiled at a special event in Melbourne, in October 2012. Designed by Sydney agency, WiteKite.[27] The logo depicts a stylised player, kicking a football from the east coast of Australia across country towards Asia. The ball also represents the Australian summer sun arcing west from Australia to Asia. The four golden bands forming the map of Australia represent the four host cities. The design is embraced by the AFC holding device.[28]

The mascot of the tournament, Nutmeg the wombat, was unveiled at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, on 11 November 2014.[29]

Nutmeg the wombat, mascot of the cup at Federation Square

Sponsorship[edit]

AFC announced ten official sponsors and six official supporters as shown below.

Official sponsors Official supporters

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