2018 AFC Futsal Championship

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2018 AFC Futsal Championship
2018亞足聯室內五人制足球錦標賽
Tournament details
Host countryChinese Taipei
Dates1–11 February 2018
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Iran (12th title)
Runners-up Japan
Third place Uzbekistan
Fourth place Iraq
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored203 (6.34 per match)
Attendance14,418 (451 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iran Hossein Tayyebi (14 goals)
Best player(s)Iran Ali Hassanzadeh
Fair play award Iraq
2016
2020

The 2018 AFC Futsal Championship was the 15th edition of the AFC Futsal Championship, the biennial international futsal championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's national teams of Asia. The AFC appointed Chinese Taipei as hosts on 29 July 2017;[1] the tournament took place between 1 and 11 February 2018.[2] A total of 16 teams played in the tournament.

Defending champions Iran defeated Japan in the final to win their 12th title.

Qualification[edit]

Qualifying was played on 15 October – 12 November 2017.[3]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[4]

Team Qualified as Appearance Previous best performance
 Chinese Taipei Hosts 12th Quarter-finals (2003)
 Vietnam ASEAN Zone Group A winners 5th Fourth place (2016)
 Myanmar ASEAN Zone Group A runners-up 1st Debut
 Thailand ASEAN Zone Group B winners 15th Runners-up (2008, 2012)
 Malaysia ASEAN Zone Group B runners-up 12th Group stage (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016)
 Japan East Zone Group A winners 15th Champions (2006, 2012, 2014)
 South Korea East Zone Group B winners 13th Runners-up (1999)
 China East Zone play-off winners 12th Fourth place (2008, 2010)
 Uzbekistan South & Central Zone Group A winners 15th Runners-up (2001, 2006, 2010, 2016)
 Kyrgyzstan South & Central Zone Group A runners-up 15th Semi-finals (2005), Fourth place (2006, 2007)
 Iran South & Central Zone Group B winners 15th Champions (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016)
 Tajikistan South & Central Zone Group B runners-up 10th Quarter-finals (2007)
 Bahrain West Zone Group A winners 2nd Group stage (2002)
 Iraq West Zone Group A runners-up 11th Quarter-finals (2002, 2016)
 Lebanon West Zone Group B winners 11th Quarter-finals (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
 Jordan West Zone Group B runners-up 2nd Group stage (2016)

Venues[edit]

The competition was played in two venues in two cities.[5]

New Taipei City
Xinzhuang Gymnasium
Capacity: 7,125
Taipei
University of Taipei Gymnasium
Capacity: 1,000

Draw[edit]

The final draw was held on 12 December 2017, 11:00 TWT (UTC+8), at the Sherwood Taipei in Taipei.[6] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams.[7] The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2016 AFC Futsal Championship final tournament and qualification, with the hosts Chinese Taipei automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw.[8]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Squads[edit]

Each team must register a squad of 14 players, minimum two of whom must be goalkeepers (Regulations Articles 29.4 and 29.5).[9]

Match officials[edit]

The following referees were chosen for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship.

Referees

Group stage[edit]

The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 11.5):[9]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  8. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, TWT (UTC+8).[10]

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 1–2 February 2018 1 v 4, 2 v 3
Matchday 2 3–4 February 2018 4 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 3 5–6 February 2018 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Vietnam 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6 Knockout stage
2  Bahrain 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3  Chinese Taipei (H) 3 1 1 1 8 9 −1 4
4  Malaysia 3 1 0 2 7 9 −2 3
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Vietnam 1–2 Malaysia
Report
Attendance: 182
Referee: Azat Hajypolatov (Turkmenistan)
Chinese Taipei 2–2 Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Hasan Mousa Al-Gburi (Iraq)

Bahrain 1–2 Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 538
Referee: Tomohiro Kozaki (Japan)
Malaysia 4–5 Chinese Taipei
Report
Attendance: 2,477
Referee: Rey Ritaga (Philippines)

Chinese Taipei 1–3 Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Mohamad Chami (Lebanon)
Malaysia 1–3 Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 100
Referee: An Ran (China)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 13 6 +7 9 Knockout stage
2  Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 19 8 +11 6
3  Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 11 8 +3 3
4  South Korea 3 0 0 3 4 25 −21 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Uzbekistan 13–2 South Korea
Report
Attendance: 100
Referee: Fahad Al-Hosani (United Arab Emirates)
Japan 4–2 Tajikistan
Report
Attendance: 100
Referee: Yuttakon Maiket (Thailand)

Tajikistan 2–4 Uzbekistan
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Nurdin Bukuev (Kyrgyzstan)
South Korea 2–5 Japan
Report
Attendance: 683
Referee: Liu Jianqiao (China)

Uzbekistan 2–4 Japan
Report
Attendance: 96
Referee: Mahmoudreza Nasirloo (Iran)
Tajikistan 7–0 South Korea
Report
Attendance: 138
Referee: Darius Turner (Australia)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 3 3 0 0 30 4 +26 9 Knockout stage
2  Iraq 3 2 0 1 10 9 +1 6
3  China 3 1 0 2 8 18 −10 3
4  Myanmar 3 0 0 3 5 22 −17 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iraq 4–2 China
Report
Attendance: 100
Referee: Anatoliy Rubakov (Uzbekistan)
Iran 14–0 Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Lee Po-fu (Chinese Taipei)

Myanmar 2–3 Iraq
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Yuttakon Maiket (Thailand)
China 1–11 Iran
Report
Attendance: 216
Referee: Anatoliy Rubakov (Uzbekistan)

Iran 5–3 Iraq
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Hussain Ali Al-Bahhar (Bahrain)
China 5–3 Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 30
Referee: Darius Turner (Australia)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Lebanon 3 2 1 0 9 5 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  Thailand 3 2 0 1 15 7 +8 6
3  Kyrgyzstan 3 1 1 1 6 11 −5 4
4  Jordan 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Kyrgyzstan 2–2 Lebanon
Report
Attendance: 50
Referee: Helday Idang (Malaysia)
Thailand 5–1 Jordan
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Kim Jong-hee (South Korea)

Jordan 1–3 Kyrgyzstan
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Hasan Mousa Al-Gburi (Iraq)
Lebanon 5–2 Thailand
Report
Attendance: 280
Referee: Hussain Ali Al-Bahhar (Bahrain)

Thailand 8–1 Kyrgyzstan
Report
Attendance: 268
Referee: Rey Ritaga (Philippines)
Lebanon 2–1 Jordan
Report
Attendance: 15
Referee: Trương Quốc Dũng (Vietnam)

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where penalty shoot-out (no extra time) is used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 15.1).[9]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
8 February – U. of Taipei Gym.
 
 
 Lebanon2 (8)
 
9 February – Xinzhuang Gym.
 
 Iraq (p)2 (9)
 
 Iraq0
 
8 February – U. of Taipei Gym.
 
 Japan3
 
 Japan2
 
11 February – Xinzhuang Gym.
 
 Bahrain0
 
 Japan0
 
8 February – Xinzhuang Gym.
 
 Iran4
 
 Iran9
 
9 February – Xinzhuang Gym.
 
 Thailand1
 
 Iran7
 
8 February – Xinzhuang Gym.
 
 Uzbekistan1 Third place
 
 Vietnam1
 
11 February – Xinzhuang Gym.
 
 Uzbekistan3
 
 Iraq4 (1)
 
 
 Uzbekistan (p)4 (2)
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Lebanon 2–2 (a.e.t.) Iraq
Report
Penalties
8–9
Attendance: 200
Referee: Nurdin Bukuev (Kyrgyzstan)

Iran 9–1 Thailand
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Tomohiro Kozaki (Japan)

Japan 2–0 Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 266
Referee: Mahmoudreza Nasirloo (Iran)

Vietnam 1–3 Uzbekistan
Report
Attendance: 350
Referee: Mohamad Chami (Lebanon)

Semi-finals[edit]

Iraq 0–3 Japan
Report
Attendance: 450
Referee: Rey Ritaga (Philippines)

Iran 7–1 Uzbekistan
Report
Attendance: 740
Referee: An Ran (China)

Third place match[edit]

Iraq 4–4 Uzbekistan
Report
Penalties
1–2
Attendance: 889
Referee: Helday Idang (Malaysia)

Final[edit]

Japan 0–4 Iran
Report
Attendance: 1,750
Referee: Mohamad Chami (Lebanon)

Winners[edit]

2018 AFC Futsal Championship
Iran
Iran
Twelfth title

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

Top Goalscorer[11] Most Valuable Player[12] Fair Play award
Iran Hossein Tayyebi Iran Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh  Iraq

Goalscorers[edit]

14 goals
12 goals
10 goals
7 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Tournament team rankings[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1  Iran 6 6 0 0 50 6 +44 18 Champions
2  Japan 6 5 0 1 18 10 +8 15 Runners-up
3  Uzbekistan 6 3 1 2 27 20 +7 10 Third place
4  Iraq 6 2 2 2 16 18 −2 8 Fourth place
5  Lebanon 4 2 2 0 11 7 +4 8 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6  Thailand 4 2 0 2 17 17 0 6
7  Vietnam 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 6
8  Bahrain 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1 4
9  Chinese Taipei 3 1 1 1 8 9 −1 4 Eliminated in
group stage
10  Kyrgyzstan 3 1 1 1 6 11 −5 4
11  Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 11 8 +3 3
12  Malaysia 3 1 0 2 7 9 −2 3
13  China 3 1 0 2 8 18 −10 3
14  Jordan 3 0 0 3 3 10 −7 0
15  Myanmar 3 0 0 3 5 22 −17 0
16  South Korea 3 0 0 3 4 25 −21 0
Source: AFC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Futsal Club Licensing Regulations to strengthen professionalism in Asia". AFC. 29 July 2017.
  2. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2018". AFC. 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2017" (PDF). AFC. 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Asia's best to converge in Chinese Taipei for AFC Futsal Championship 2018". AFC. 13 November 2017.
  5. ^ "2018亞足聯五人制足球錦標賽決賽16強抽籤結果出爐". Chinese Taipei Football Association. 12 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Enticing draw awaits Asia's finest futsal sides". AFC. 10 December 2017.
  7. ^ "AFC Futsal Championship 2018 draw results". AFC. 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ "AFC Futsal Championship 2018 Official Draw". YouTube. 12 December 2017.
  9. ^ a b c "AFC Futsal Championship 2018 Competition Regulations". AFC.
  10. ^ "2018AFC五人制足球錦標賽決賽賽程_中英版 (Official Match Schedule)" (PDF). Chinese Taipie Football Association.
  11. ^ "IR Iran's Tayebi takes top scorer award". AFC. 11 February 2018.
  12. ^ "IR Iran's Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh named Most Valuable Player". AFC. 11 February 2018.

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