2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates 6 February 2013 – 5 March 2014
Teams 20 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 60
Goals scored 161 (2.68 per match)
Attendance 672,607 (11,210 per match)
Top scorer(s) Iran Reza Ghoochannejhad
United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout
(5 goals each)
2011
2019

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification was a qualification process organized by the AFC to determine the participating teams for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. The 2015 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by Australia, will feature 16 teams.

In the initial scheme, ten places are determined by qualification matches, while six places are reserved for the following:

As the host nation Australia also finished as runners-up in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, the initial 6 automatic qualification spots were reduced to 5, with a total of 11 spots eventually determined by the qualification matches, in which 20 AFC members compete.[1]

Qualified teams[edit]

Current qualification status
  Country qualified for Asian Cup
  Country failed to qualify
Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 Australia Hosts1 5 January 2011 3rd 2011 Runners-up (2011)
 Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup winners 25 January 2011 8th 2011 Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
 South Korea 2011 AFC Asian Cup 3rd place 28 January 2011 13th 2011 Winners (1956, 1960)
 North Korea 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners 19 March 2012 4th 2011 Fourth place (1980)
 Bahrain Group D winners 15 November 2013 5th 2011 Fourth place (2004)
 United Arab Emirates Group E winners 15 November 2013 9th 2011 Runners-up (1996)
 Saudi Arabia Group C winners 15 November 2013 9th 2011 Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)
 Oman Group A winners 19 November 2013 3rd 2007 Group Stage (2004, 2007)
 Uzbekistan Group E runners-up 19 November 2013 6th 2011 Fourth place (2011)
 Qatar Group D runners-up 19 November 2013 9th 2011 Quarterfinals (2000, 2011)
 Iran Group B winners 19 November 2013 13th 2011 Winners (1968, 1972, 1976)
 Kuwait Group B runners-up 19 November 2013 10th 2011 Winners (1980)
 Jordan Group A runners-up 4 February 2014 3rd 2011 Quarter-finals (2004, 2011)
 Iraq Group C runners-up 5 March 2014 8th 2011 Winners (2007)
 China PR Best third-placed team 5 March 2014 11th 2011 Runners-up (1984, 2004)
 Palestine 2014 AFC Challenge Cup winners 30 May 2014 1st N/A N/A
1 Australia also obtained 2011 AFC Asian Cup runner-up qualifying position

Qualification process[edit]

The preliminary draw was held in Melbourne on 9 October 2012, 18:00 UTC+11.[2] The twenty teams involved in the qualifiers were drawn into five groups of four teams each, with each group containing one team from each of the following seeding pots. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team from among all the groups qualified for the finals.[3]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Uzbekistan
 Qatar
 Jordan
 Iran
 Iraq

 China PR
 Bahrain
 Syria
 United Arab Emirates
 Kuwait

 Saudi Arabia
 Oman
 Thailand
 Yemen
 Vietnam

 Malaysia
 Singapore
 Indonesia
 Lebanon
 Hong Kong

The following teams did not enter the main qualifying draw, as categorized as "emerging countries" they compete separately. The teams were eligible to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup by winning either the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup or the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.

Entrants to 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification
Entrants to 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualification

Schedule[edit]

The following matchdays have been assigned by the AFC for 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification. As 15 and 19 November 2013 are also the dates of the inter-confederation playoffs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup,[4] a number of alternative matchdays have been allocated.

Year Matchday Date
2013[5] Matchday 1 6 February
Matchday 2 22 March
Matchday 3 15 October
Matchday 4 15 November
Matchday 5 19 November
2014[6] Alternative 11, 18, 25, 31 January
4 February
Matchday 6 5 March

Groups[edit]

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners, runners-up, and best third-placed team qualified for the finals
Tiebreakers

In each group, the teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[7]

  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 (Away goals do not apply)
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play
  7. Drawing of lots

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Oman 6 4 2 0 7 1 +6 14
 Jordan 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12
 Syria 6 1 1 4 7 7 0 4
 Singapore 6 1 0 5 4 17 −13 3
  Jordan Oman Singapore Syria
Jordan  0–0 4–0 2–1
Oman  0–0 3–1 1–0
Singapore  1–3 0–2 2–1
Syria  1–1 0–1 4–0
6 February 2013
17:15 UTC+4
Oman  1–0  Syria
Al-Muqbali Goal 39' Report
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat
Attendance: 15,252
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
6 February 2013
17:00 UTC+3
Jordan  4–0  Singapore
Abdallah Deeb Goal 18'
Bani Attiah Goal 52'
Hayel Goal 55'74'
Report

14 August 2013[note 1]
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  0–2  Oman
Report Said Goal 15'
Al-Farsi Goal 45'
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 5,849
Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)
15 August 2013[note 1]
19:00 UTC+4:30
Syria  1–1  Jordan
Sahyouni Goal 49' Report Al-Laham Goal 57'

15 October 2013
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  2–1  Syria
Amri Goal 62'
Quak Goal 82'
Report Rafe Goal 89'
15 October 2013
18:00 UTC+3
Jordan  0–0  Oman
Report
King Abdullah Stadium, Amman
Attendance: 6,423
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

15 November 2013
14:00 UTC+3:30
Syria  4–0  Singapore
Malki Goal 10'
Al Douni Goal 83'
Jafal Goal 86'
Al Agha Goal 90+1'
Report

19 November 2013
14:00 UTC+3:30
Syria  0–1  Oman
Report Al-Farsi Goal 90+1'

31 January 2014[note 3]
18:30 UTC+4
Oman  0–0  Jordan
Report

4 February 2014[note 3]
19:30 UTC+8
Singapore  1–3  Jordan
Amri Goal 84' (pen.) Report Bawab Goal 44'
Hayel Goal 58'
Al-Rawashdeh Goal 90+2'
Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Attendance: 2,371
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

5 March 2014
17:30 UTC+4
Oman  3–1  Singapore
Al Hosni Goal 19'
Said Goal 51'
Al-Hasani Goal 69'
Report Ishak Goal 78'
5 March 2014
16:00 UTC+2
Jordan  2–1  Syria
Bawab Goal 24'61' Report Khribin Goal 80'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Iran 6 5 1 0 18 5 +13 16
 Kuwait 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9
 Lebanon 6 2 2 2 12 14 −2 8
 Thailand 6 0 0 6 7 21 −14 0
  Iran Kuwait Lebanon Thailand
Iran  3–2 5–0 2–1
Kuwait  1–1 0–0 3–1
Lebanon  1–4 1–1 5–2
Thailand  0–3 1–3 2–5
6 February 2013
15:30 UTC+3:30
Iran  5–0  Lebanon
Ghoochannejhad Goal 26'62'
Nekounam Goal 45+1' (pen.)61' (pen.)80'
Report
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 19,733
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
6 February 2013
19:00 UTC+7
Thailand  1–3  Kuwait
Chanathip Goal 76' Report Theeraton Goal 25' (o.g.)
Fadel Goal 59'
Aman Goal 65'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

22 March 2013
17:30 UTC+2
Lebanon  5–2  Thailand
Chaito Goal 6'22'
Haidar Goal 31'
Maatouk Goal 72'
Onika Goal 90+1'
Report Thitipan Goal 49'85'
26 March 2013
19:35 UTC+3
Kuwait  1–1  Iran
Awadh Goal 76' (pen.) Report Shojaei Goal 45'

15 October 2013
17:30 UTC+3
Lebanon  1–1  Kuwait
Ghaddar Goal 50' Report Nasser Goal 26'
15 October 2013
19:00 UTC+3:30
Iran  2–1  Thailand
Hosseini Goal 67'
Ghoochannejhad Goal 70'
Report Teerasil Goal 80'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 17,330
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)

15 November 2013
19:00 UTC+7
Thailand  0–3  Iran
Report Dejagah Goal 28'
Ghoochannejhad Goal 42'
Jahanbakhsh Goal 90+5'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
15 November 2013
18:35 UTC+3
Kuwait  0–0  Lebanon
Report

19 November 2013
17:30 UTC+2
Lebanon  1–4  Iran
Haidar Goal 79' Report Sadeghi Goal 39'
Dejagah Goal 51'
Nekounam Goal 55' (pen.)
Ghoochannejhad Goal 65'
19 November 2013
18:35 UTC+3
Kuwait  3–1  Thailand
Nasser Goal 19'71'
Awadh Goal 56' (pen.)
Report Mongkol Goal 68'

3 March 2014
17:30 UTC+3:30
Iran  3–2  Kuwait
Karimi Goal 2'
Fadel Goal 61' (o.g.)
Ansarifard Goal 90+1'
Report Ali Goal 18'
Al Rashidi Goal 89'
Enghelab Stadium, Karaj
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Dmitriy Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)
5 March 2014
21:00 UTC+7
Thailand  2–5  Lebanon
Teeratep Goal 23' (pen.)
Adisak Goal 76'
Report Ghaddar Goal 2'
Maatouk Goal 18'46'
Saad Goal 45+1'
Antar Goal 63'
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Saudi Arabia 6 5 1 0 9 3 +6 16
 Iraq 6 3 0 3 7 6 +1 9
 China PR 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
 Indonesia 6 0 1 5 2 8 −6 1
  China Indonesia Iraq Saudi Arabia
China PR  1–0 1–0 0–0
Indonesia  1–1 0–2 1–2
Iraq  3–1 1–0 0–2
Saudi Arabia  2–1 1–0 2–1
6 February 2013
17:30 UTC+4
Iraq  1–0  Indonesia
Younis Mahmoud Goal 66' Report
6 February 2013
20:15 UTC+3
Saudi Arabia  2–1  China PR
Al-Muwallad Goal 23'
Hazazi Goal 77'
Report Zhao Xuri Goal 29'

22 March 2013
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  1–0  Iraq
Yu Dabao Goal 90+3' Report
Helong Stadium, Changsha
Attendance: 31,621
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
23 March 2013
19:00 UTC+7
Indonesia  1–2  Saudi Arabia
Boaz Goal 5' Report Al-Salem Goal 14'55'

15 October 2013
19:00 UTC+7
Indonesia  1–1  China PR
Boaz Goal 67' Report Wu Xi Goal 36'
15 October 2013
19:30 UTC+3
Iraq  0–2  Saudi Arabia
Report Hawsawi Goal 34'
Al-Shamrani Goal 78'

15 November 2013
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  1–0  Indonesia
Wu Lei Goal 45+1' Report
Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an
Attendance: 33,217
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
15 November 2013
19:30 UTC+3
Saudi Arabia  2–1  Iraq
Al-Jassim Goal 18'
Al-Shamrani Goal 60'
Report Younis Mahmoud Goal 45+1'

19 November 2013
19:35 UTC+8
China PR  0–0  Saudi Arabia
Report
19 November 2013
19:00 UTC+7
Indonesia  0–2  Iraq
Report Ahmad Goal 27'
Karrar Goal 32' (pen.)

5 March 2014
18:00 UTC+4
Iraq  3–1  China PR
Younis Mahmoud Goal 23'43'
Adnan Goal 58'
Report Zhang Xizhe Goal 73' (pen.)

Group D[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Bahrain 6 4 2 0 7 1 +6 14
 Qatar 6 4 1 1 13 2 +11 13
 Malaysia 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7
 Yemen 6 0 0 6 3 18 −15 0
  Bahrain Malaysia Qatar Yemen
Bahrain  1–0 1–0 2–0
Malaysia  1–1 0–1 2–1
Qatar  0–0 1–0 6–0
Yemen  0–2 1–2 1–4
6 February 2013
19:15 UTC+4
Yemen  0–2  Bahrain
Report Aaish Goal 49'
Al Amer Goal 85'
6 February 2013
18:30 UTC+3
Qatar  2–0  Malaysia
Ibrahim Goal 55'
Ahmed Goal 90+3'
Report
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 7,320
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)

22 March 2013
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  2–1  Yemen
Azamuddin Goal 27'
Khyril Muhymeen Goal 80'
Report Al Hagri Goal 12'
Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
22 March 2013
18:45 UTC+3
Bahrain  1–0  Qatar
Aaish Goal 20' Report

13 October 2013
19:30 UTC+3
Qatar  6–0  Yemen
Ibrahim Goal 4' (pen.)61'76'
Al Haidos Goal 24'
Soria Goal 70'
Afif Goal 90+1'
Report
15 October 2013
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  1–1  Bahrain
Norshahrul Goal 70' Report Saleh Goal 45+1'
Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

15 November 2013
16:00 UTC+4
Yemen  1–4  Qatar
Al-Sasi Goal 26' Report Soria Goal 3'
Hassan Goal 32'
Kasola Goal 54'
Jeddo Goal 68'
15 November 2013
17:45 UTC+3
Bahrain  1–0  Malaysia
Abdul-Latif Goal 72' Report
Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

19 November 2013
20:45 UTC+8
Malaysia  0–1  Qatar
Report Al-Ali Goal 65'
Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam
Attendance: 4,079
Referee: Kim Sang-Woo (South Korea)
19 November 2013
17:45 UTC+3
Bahrain  2–0  Yemen
Salmeen Goal 2'
Aaish Goal 88'
Report

5 March 2014
18:00 UTC+4
Yemen  1–2  Malaysia
Al-Sarori Goal 60' Report Amri Goal 16'
Fakri Goal 77'
5 March 2014
18:25 UTC+3
Qatar  0–0  Bahrain
Report

Group E[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 United Arab Emirates 6 5 1 0 18 3 +15 16
 Uzbekistan 6 3 2 1 10 4 +6 11
 Hong Kong 6 1 1 4 2 13 −11 4
 Vietnam 6 1 0 5 5 15 −10 3
  Hong Kong United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Vietnam
Hong Kong  0–4 0–2 1–0
United Arab Emirates  4–0 2–1 5–0
Uzbekistan  0–0 1–1 3–1
Vietnam  3–1 1–2 0–3
6 February 2013
16:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  0–0  Hong Kong
Report
6 February 2013
18:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  1–2  United Arab Emirates
Huỳnh Quốc Anh Goal 59' Report Khalil Goal 6' (pen.)
Fardan Goal 67'

22 March 2013
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  1–0  Vietnam
Chan Wai Ho Goal 87' Report
Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 6,639
Referee: Abdulrahman Abdou (Qatar)
22 March 2013
17:45 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  2–1  Uzbekistan
Khalil Goal 58'
Mabkhout Goal 61'
Report Gadoev Goal 16'
Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 21,357
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

15 October 2013
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  0–4  United Arab Emirates
Report Mabkhout Goal 30'55'90'
Abbas Goal 90+5'
15 October 2013
18:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  3–1  Vietnam
Rashidov Goal 69'
Âu Văn Hoàn Goal 74' (o.g.)
Sergeev Goal 90+2'
Report Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng Goal 77'

15 November 2013
19:00 UTC+7
Vietnam  0–3  Uzbekistan
Report Shodiev Goal 40'
Sergeev Goal 46'
Rashidov Goal 89'
15 November 2013
19:30 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  4–0  Hong Kong
Saleh Goal 27'
Abbas Goal 40'
Abdulrahman Goal 80'
Al Hammadi Goal 88'
Report

19 November 2013
20:00 UTC+8
Hong Kong  0–2  Uzbekistan
Report Shodiev Goal 84'
Ahmedov Goal 89'
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Attendance: 5,679
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
19 November 2013
19:30 UTC+4
United Arab Emirates  5–0  Vietnam
Abbas Goal 19'
Matar Goal 25'
Mabkhout Goal 31'
Fardan Goal 37'
Khalil Goal 90+2'
Report

5 March 2014
17:00 UTC+5
Uzbekistan  1–1  United Arab Emirates
Sergeev Goal 85' Report Al Hammadi Goal 67'
Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Kim Sang-Woo (South Korea)

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

To determine the best third-placed team, the following criteria were used:[7]

  1. Number of points obtained in the group matches
  2. Goal difference in the group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches
  4. Fewer points calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  5. Drawing of lots
Group
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
C  China PR 6 2 2 2 5 6 −1 8
B  Lebanon 6 2 2 2 12 14 −2 8
D  Malaysia 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7
A  Syria 6 1 1 4 7 7 0 4
E  Hong Kong 6 1 1 4 2 13 −11 4

Goalscorers[edit]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Singapore v Oman and Syria v Jordan matches on Matchday 2 were rescheduled from the original date of 22 March 2013 on the request of the football associations of Oman and Jordan so that their respective national teams can prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Fourth Round matches on 26 March 2013.[8][9]
  2. ^ a b c Syria played their home matches at neutral venues due to security concerns.[10]
  3. ^ a b The Oman v Jordan match on Matchday 4 and Singapore v Jordan match on Matchday 5 were rescheduled from the original dates of 15 and 19 November 2013 due to Jordan's qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification inter-confederation play-off matches on 14 and 20 November 2013.[11]
  4. ^ a b c Iraq played their home matches at neutral venues due to security concerns.
  5. ^ a b c Yemen played their home matches at neutral venues due to security concerns.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Automatic bye to 2015 Finals for top-three". the-afc.com. 24 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Giants to know foes on Tuesday". the-afc.com. 8 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ preliminary draw results". the-afc.com. 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "2014 FWC Asian qualifiers format". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 13 August 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2013" (PDF). AFC. 
  6. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2014" (PDF). AFC. 
  7. ^ a b "AFC Asian Cup 2015 Qualifiers Regulations" (PDF). AFC.com. 
  8. ^ "FAS appoints caretaker national team coach". Football Association of Singapore. January 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "المنتخب الوطني يلاقي اندونيسيا وديا والاتحاد الاسيوي يوافق على تأجيل مباراة الاردن وسوريا" (in Arabic). Jordan Football Association. January 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "ایران میزبان بازی‌های سوریه شد" (in Persian). روزنامه شرق. June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jordan’s AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifiers to be rescheduled". Asian Football Confederation. 11 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "رئيس الاتحاد: حظر اللعب في اليمن بسبب المخاوف الأمنية" (in Arabic). Yemen Football Association. January 23, 2013. 

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