2015 AFC Asian Cup

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2015 AFC Asian Cup
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). For the first time in its history, the tournament will be hosted outside the continent of Asia, by AFC member nation Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015.[1] The winner of the tournament will earn the right to compete for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which is to be hosted by Russia.

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]

Match Ball[edit]

The official match ball will be the Nike Ordem.

Qualification[edit]

The teams finishing first, second and third in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, and the host nation for the 2015 competition, receive automatic byes to finals. Should the host nation finish in the top three of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the fourth-placed team does not receive an automatic bye.[3] The AFC Challenge Cup acts as a further 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 qualify automatically to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup finals.[4] The remaining spots are 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 Hosts2 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.
2 Australia also obtained 2011 AFC Asian Cup runner-up qualifying position

Venues[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 venues to be used.[6]

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
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Melbourne
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Capacity: 30,050
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Final draw[edit]

The draw for the final tournament was held at the Sydney Opera House on 26 March 2014.[7] The 16 participating teams were drawn into the four groups of the group stage.[8] 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.[9] 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)

Squads[edit]

Each country will have a final squad of 23 players which must be submitted before the deadline of 30 December 2014.[10]

Group stage[edit]

The Sydney Opera House, location for the final draw.

The match schedule was announced on 27 March 2013.[6][11] 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:[10]

  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
Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the knockout stage

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Oman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Uzbekistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 China PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Iran 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Qatar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Bahrain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Iraq 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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.[10]

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

Organisation[edit]

The tournament will be held from 9 to 31 January, during Australia's summer. The 2014–15 season of the A-League, the national league competition of Australia, is expected to be suspended for three weeks during the tournament.[12] In addition, the inaugural season of the FFA Cup, the national cup tournament of Australia, was brought forward to avoid a clash with Asian Cup match dates played in January 2015.[13]

Oficial Song[edit]

For marketing of the event, the organisers opted for the slogan "One Of Asia" with a song sung by Australians Singers Luke Kennedy and Dami Im.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Territory Channel Ref
 Australia Fox Sports [14]
 Brazil SporTV
 China CCTV
 Colombia Win Sports
 Europe EuroSport
 France
 Hong Kong
 India
 Indonesia
 Iran IRIB
 Japan NHK
 South Korea KBS
Latin America Fox Sports
 New Zealand Sky Sport
 United Kingdom
 United States
 Uzbekistan SPORT-UZ
 Philippines
 South Africa SABC
 Thailand
Arab League Arabic World

References[edit]

External links[edit]