National team appearances in the AFC Asian Cup

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This article lists the performances of each of the 30 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the AFC Asian Cup finals.

Debut of teams[edit]

Most of the AFC Asian Cup has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Only in 1992 and 2011 there was no team who qualified for the first time. Teams in parentheses are considered successor teams by FIFA.

Year Debutants Total
1956  Hong Kong
 Israel
 South Korea
 South Vietnam
4
1960  Chinese Taipei 1
1964  India 1
1968  Burma
 Iran
2
1972  Cambodia
 Iraq
 Kuwait
 Thailand
4
1976  China PR
 Malaysia
 South Yemen
3
1980  Bangladesh
 North Korea
 Qatar
 United Arab Emirates
4
1984  Singapore 1
1988  Bahrain
 Japan
2
1996  Indonesia
 Uzbekistan
2
2000  Lebanon 1
2004  Jordan
 Oman
 Turkmenistan
3
2007  Australia
( Vietnam)
1 (+1)

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • 5th – Fifth place (1968 only)
  • QF – Quarter-finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the AFC Asian Cup / Banned
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1956
Hong Kong
(4)
1960
South Korea
(4)
1964
Israel
(4)
1968
Iran
(5)
1972
Thailand
(6)
1976
Iran
(6)
1980
Kuwait
(8)
1984
Singapore
(8)
1988
Qatar
(8)
1992
Japan
(8)
1996
United Arab Emirates
(12)
2000
Lebanon
(12)
2004
China
(16)
2007
Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Vietnam
(16)
2011
Qatar
(16)
2015
Australia
(16)
Years
 Australia Part of Oceania Football Confederation QF R/U q 3
 Bahrain not a member of AFC × •• × GS × 4th GS GS q 4
 Bangladesh Part of  Pakistan × × GS × 1
 Cambodia × × 4th × × × × × × × × 1
 China PR × × × × × 3rd GS R/U 4th 3rd QF 4th R/U GS GS q 10
 Chinese Taipei 3rd × 4th × × × × × 2
 Hong Kong 3rd 4th 5th 3
 India R/U GS GS 3
 Indonesia × × × GS GS GS GS 4
 Iran not a member of AFC × W W W 3rd 4th 3rd GS 3rd QF 3rd QF QF q 12
 Iraq not a member of AFC GS 4th × × × × QF QF QF W QF q 7
 Israel R/U R/U W 3rd •• Part of UEFA 4
 Japan × × × × × × GS W QF W W 4th W q 8
 Jordan not a member of AFC × × × QF QF q 2
 Kuwait not a member of AFC × × GS R/U W 3rd GS 4th QF GS GS q 9
 Lebanon not a member of AFC × × × × × × GS × 1
 Malaysia GS GS GS 3
 Myanmar × × × R/U × × × × × × × 1
 North Korea × × × × × •• 4th × GS × × GS q 4
 Oman not a member of AFC × × × GS GS q 2
 Qatar not a member of AFC × GS GS GS GS QF GS GS QF q 8
 Saudi Arabia × × × × × •• W W R/U W R/U GS R/U GS q 8
 Singapore × × × GS × 1
 South Korea W W 3rd R/U R/U GS R/U QF 3rd QF 3rd 3rd q 13
 South Vietnam 4th 4th •• Part of  Vietnam 2
 South Yemen × × × × × GS × × Part of  Yemen 1
 Syria not a member of AFC × GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Thailand × × × 3rd •• GS GS GS GS GS 6
 Turkmenistan Part of  Soviet Union GS 1
 United Arab Emirates not a member of AFC × × GS GS GS 4th R/U GS GS GS q 8
 Uzbekistan Part of  Soviet Union GS GS QF QF 4th q 5
 Vietnam See  South Vietnam × × × × QF 1

Results of host nations[edit]

Year Host nation Finish
1956  Hong Kong Third Place
1960  South Korea Champions
1964  Israel Champions
1968  Iran Champions
1972  Thailand Third Place
1976  Iran Champions
1980  Kuwait Champions
1984  Singapore Group Stage
1988  Qatar Group Stage
1992  Japan Champions
1996  United Arab Emirates Runners-up
2000  Lebanon Group Stage
2004  China PR Runners-up
2007  Indonesia Group Stage
 Malaysia Group Stage
 Thailand Group Stage
 Vietnam Quarter-finalist
2011  Qatar Quarter-finalist
2015  Australia TBD

Results of defending champions[edit]

Year Defending champions Finish
1960  South Korea Champions
1964  South Korea Third Place
1968  Israel Third Place
1972  Iran Champions
1976  Iran Champions
1980  Iran Third Place
1984  Kuwait Third Place
1988  Saudi Arabia Champions
1992  Saudi Arabia Runners-up
1996  Japan Quarter-finalist
2000  Saudi Arabia Runners-up
2004  Japan Champions
2007  Japan Fourth Place
2011  Iraq Quarter-finalist
2015  Japan TBD

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