2018 AFC U-16 Championship qualification

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2018 AFC U-16 Championship qualification
Tournament details
Host countries Saudi Arabia (Group A)
Tajikistan (Group B)
Iran (Group C)
Nepal (Group D)
Qatar (Group E)
Chinese Taipei (Group F)
Thailand (Group G)
Myanmar (Group H)
Mongolia (Group I)
Indonesia (Group J)
Dates 16–29 September 2017[1]
Teams 45 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 10 (in 10 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 73
Goals scored 391 (5.36 per match)
Attendance 20,369 (279 per match)
Top scorer(s) Indonesia Sutan Diego Zico (10 goals)
2016
2020

The 2018 AFC U-16 Championship qualification is an international men's under-16 football competition which decides the participating teams of the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship.

A total of 16 teams qualify to play in the final tournament, including Malaysia who qualified automatically as hosts.[2]

Draw[edit]

Of the 47 AFC member associations, a total of 45 teams entered the competition.[3] The final tournament hosts Malaysia also entered in qualification despite having automatically qualified for the final tournament (they had not been confirmed as hosts at the time of the qualification draw).[4]

The draw was held on 21 April 2017, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[5] The 45 teams were drawn into ten groups: five groups of five teams and five groups of four teams. For the draw, teams were divided into two zones:[6]

  • West: 23 teams from West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, to be drawn into five groups: three groups of five teams and two groups of four teams (Groups A–E).
  • East: 22 teams from ASEAN and East Asia, to be drawn into five groups: two groups of five teams and three groups of four teams (Groups F–J).

The teams were seeded in each zone according to their performance in the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship final tournament and qualification (overall ranking shown in parentheses; NR stands for non-ranked teams). The following restrictions were also applied:[7]

  • The seven teams which indicated their intention to serve as qualification group hosts prior to the draw were drawn into separate groups.
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5
West Zone
  1.  Iraq (1)
  2.  Iran (2) (H)
  3.  Oman (5)
  4.  United Arab Emirates (6) (W)
  5.  Uzbekistan (7)
  1.  Kyrgyzstan (10)
  2.  Saudi Arabia (11) (H)
  3.  Yemen (12)
  4.  India (13)
  5.  Tajikistan (17) (H)
  1.  Syria (21)
  2.  Jordan (22)
  3.  Afghanistan (23)
  4.  Qatar (25) (H)
  5.  Palestine (28)
  1.  Bangladesh (30)
  2.  Bahrain (31)
  3.  Lebanon (33)
  4.    Nepal (34) (H)
  5.  Turkmenistan (36) (W)
  1.  Maldives (37)
  2.  Bhutan (NR)
  3.  Sri Lanka (NR)
East Zone
  1.  North Korea (3)
  2.  Japan (4)
  3.  Vietnam (8)
  4.  South Korea (9)
  5.  Thailand (14) (H)
  1.  Malaysia (15) (Q)
  2.  Australia (16)
  3.  China PR (18)
  4.  Hong Kong (19)
  5.  Laos (20)
  1.  Timor-Leste (24)
  2.  Myanmar (26) (H)*
  3.  Chinese Taipei (27) (H)*
  4.  Singapore (29)
  5.  Mongolia (32) (H)
  1.  Cambodia (35)
  2.  Philippines (38)
  3.  Macau (39)
  4.  Guam (40)
  5.  Northern Mariana Islands (41)
  1.  Brunei (NR)
  2.  Indonesia (NR)
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
  • (H): Qualification group hosts (* Chinese Taipei and Myanmar chosen as group hosts after the draw, remaining group hosted at neutral venue)
  • (Q): Final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results
  • (W): Withdrew after draw
Did not enter
West Zone
East Zone None

Player eligibility[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 2002 are eligible to compete in the tournament.[9]

Format[edit]

In each group, teams play each other once at a centralised venue. The ten group winners and the five best runners-up qualify for the final tournament. If the final tournament hosts Malaysia win their group or are among the five best runners-up, the sixth best runner-up also qualifies for the final tournament.[5]

Tiebreakers[edit]

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 9.3):[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.

Groups[edit]

The matches were played between 16–29 September 2017.

Schedule
Matchday Groups A, C & F–G Groups B, D–E & H–J
Dates Matches Dates Matches
Groups B, D–E & I–J Group H
Matchday 1 16 September 2017 3 v 2, 5 v 4 20 September 2017 25 September 2017 1 v 4, 2 v 3
Matchday 2 18 September 2017 4 v 1, 5 v 3 22 September 2017 27 September 2017 4 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 3 20 September 2017 1 v 5, 2 v 4 24 September 2017 29 September 2017 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 4 22 September 2017 2 v 5, 3 v 1
Matchday 5 24 September 2017 4 v 3, 1 v 2

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jordan 4 3 1 0 12 3 +9 10 Final tournament
2  Saudi Arabia (H) 4 3 0 1 15 2 +13 9
3  Uzbekistan 4 2 1 1 7 1 +6 7
4  Bahrain 4 1 0 3 8 7 +1 3
5  Sri Lanka 4 0 0 4 0 29 −29 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Sri Lanka  0–6  Bahrain
Report
Jordan  2–1  Saudi Arabia
Report

Bahrain  0–1  Uzbekistan
Report
Sri Lanka  0–7  Jordan
Report

Uzbekistan  6–0  Sri Lanka
Report
Saudi Arabia  3–0  Bahrain
Report

Jordan  0–0  Uzbekistan
Report
Saudi Arabia  10–0  Sri Lanka
Report

Bahrain  2–3  Jordan
Report
Uzbekistan  0–1  Saudi Arabia
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Tajikistan (H) 3 3 0 0 17 0 +17 9 Final tournament
2  Oman 3 2 0 1 14 1 +13 6
3  Syria 3 1 0 2 6 8 −2 3
4  Maldives 3 0 0 3 0 28 −28 0
5  Turkmenistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Oman  8–0  Maldives
Report
Tajikistan  2–0  Syria
Report

Syria  0–6  Oman
Report
Maldives  0–14  Tajikistan
Report

Syria  6–0  Maldives
Report
Oman  0–1  Tajikistan
Report
Attendance: 2,300

Group C[edit]

  • All matches were held in Iran.
  • Times listed are UTC+4:30 on 16–20 September, UTC+3:30 on 22–24 September 2017.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran (H) 4 4 0 0 15 1 +14 12 Final tournament
2  Afghanistan 4 3 0 1 11 4 +7 9
3  Kyrgyzstan 4 1 1 2 3 8 −5 4
4  Lebanon 4 1 0 3 3 8 −5 3
5  Bhutan 4 0 1 3 1 12 −11 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Afghanistan  3–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report
Attendance: 120
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)
Bhutan  0–2  Lebanon
Report
Attendance: 170
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)

Bhutan  0–3  Afghanistan
Report
Attendance: 210
Lebanon  0–3  Iran
Report
Attendance: 350

Kyrgyzstan  1–0  Lebanon
Report
Attendance: 67
Iran  6–0  Bhutan
Report
Attendance: 350
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

Kyrgyzstan  1–1  Bhutan
Report
Attendance: 200
Afghanistan  1–2  Iran
Report
Attendance: 3,105
Referee: Takuto Okabe (Japan)

Lebanon  1–4  Afghanistan
Report
Attendance: 475
Iran  4–0  Kyrgyzstan
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (Jordan)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iraq 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 7 Final tournament
2  India 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3 5
3  Palestine 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
4    Nepal (H) 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
India  3–0  Palestine
Report
Iraq  1–0    Nepal
Report

Palestine  0–4  Iraq
Report
Nepal    2–2  India
Report

Iraq  0–0  India
Report
Palestine  2–1    Nepal
Report

Group E[edit]

  • All matches were held in Qatar.
  • Times listed are UTC+3.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Yemen 2 2 0 0 8 1 +7 6 Final tournament
2  Bangladesh 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
3  Qatar (H) 2 0 0 2 1 8 −7 0
4  United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Yemen  6–1  Qatar
Report

Bangladesh  0–2  Yemen
Report

Qatar  0–2  Bangladesh
Report

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  North Korea 4 4 0 0 28 0 +28 12 Final tournament
2  Hong Kong 4 2 0 2 8 4 +4 6[a]
3  Brunei 4 2 0 2 7 12 −5 6[a]
4  Chinese Taipei (H) 4 2 0 2 5 10 −5 6[a]
5  Macau 4 0 0 4 0 22 −22 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head results: Chinese Taipei 0–2 Hong Kong, Brunei 1–2 Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong 1–2 Brunei. Head-to-head standings:
    • Hong Kong: 3 pts, +1 GD
    • Brunei: 3 pts, 0 GD
    • Chinese Taipei: 3 pts, −1 GD
Brunei  4–0  Macau
Report
Chinese Taipei  0–2  Hong Kong
Report
Attendance: 450

Macau  0–10  North Korea
Report
Attendance: 60
Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)
Brunei  1–2  Chinese Taipei
Report

North Korea  9–0  Brunei
Report
Attendance: 100
Hong Kong  5–0  Macau
Report

Hong Kong  1–2  Brunei
Report
Chinese Taipei  0–7  North Korea
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Ali Reda (Lebanon)

North Korea  2–0  Hong Kong
Report
Macau  0–3  Chinese Taipei
Report

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Indonesia 4 4 0 0 25 1 +24 12 Final tournament
2  Thailand (H) 4 3 0 1 18 2 +16 9
3  Timor-Leste 4 2 0 2 17 10 +7 6
4  Laos 4 1 0 3 13 12 +1 3
5  Northern Mariana Islands 4 0 0 4 1 49 −48 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Timor-Leste  5–2  Laos
Report
Indonesia  18–0  Northern Mariana Islands
Report
Attendance: 52
Referee: Bijan Heidari (Iran)

Indonesia  3–1  Timor-Leste
  • Zico Goal 61'64'89'
Report
Northern Mariana Islands  0–10  Thailand
Report

Laos  10–0  Northern Mariana Islands
Report
Thailand  0–1  Indonesia
Report

Laos  0–3  Indonesia
Report
Timor-Leste  0–4  Thailand
Report
Attendance: 283
Referee: Bijan Heidari (Iran)

Northern Mariana Islands  1–11  Timor-Leste
Report
Thailand  4–1  Laos
Report

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 3 0 0 13 0 +13 9 Final tournament
2  China PR 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
3  Myanmar (H) 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
4  Philippines 3 0 0 3 0 15 −15 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
South Korea  8–0  Philippines
Report
Attendance: 116
China PR  2–1  Myanmar
Report

Philippines  0–2  China PR
Report
Attendance: 143
Myanmar  0–4  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 286
Referee: Payam Heidari (Iran)

South Korea  1–0  China PR
Report
Attendance: 84
Referee: Payam Heidari (Iran)
Myanmar  5–0  Philippines
Report
Attendance: 124

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 3 0 0 18 2 +16 9 Final tournament
2  Vietnam 3 2 0 1 15 5 +10 6
3  Cambodia 3 1 0 2 5 12 −7 3
4  Mongolia (H) 3 0 0 3 3 22 −19 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Vietnam  5–2  Cambodia
Report
Australia  10–1  Mongolia
Report
Attendance: 465
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)

Cambodia  0–5  Australia
Report
Mongolia  0–9  Vietnam
Report

Vietnam  1–3  Australia
Report
Attendance: 182
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)
Mongolia  2–3  Cambodia
Report

Group J[edit]

  • All matches were held in Indonesia (neutral venue host).
  • Times listed are UTC+7.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 35 0 +35 9 Final tournament
2  Malaysia[a] 3 2 0 1 20 6 +14 6
3  Singapore 3 1 0 2 10 18 −8 3
4  Guam 3 0 0 3 2 43 −41 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Malaysia, as final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results.
Japan  20–0  Guam
Report
Malaysia  6–1  Singapore
Report

Guam  1–14  Malaysia
Report
Singapore  0–11  Japan
Report
Attendance: 150
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

Japan  4–0  Malaysia
Report
Singapore  9–1  Guam
Report

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Due to groups having different number of teams and the withdrawal of United Arab Emirates from Group E, the results against the fifth and fourth-placed teams in five and four-team groups are not considered for this ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D  India 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 Final tournament
2 B  Oman 2 1 0 1 6 1 +5 3
3 G  Thailand 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 3
4 J  Malaysia 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1 3[a]
5 I  Vietnam 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1 3[a]
6 C  Afghanistan 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
7 A  Saudi Arabia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3[b]
7 E  Bangladesh 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3[b]
9 H  China PR 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3[b]
10 F  Hong Kong 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by disciplinary points (Malaysia: 2 pts; Vietnam: 10 pts).
  2. ^ a b c Ranked by disciplinary points (Saudi Arabia: 4 pts; Bangladesh: 4 pts; China PR: 5 pts).

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in AFC U-16 Championship1
 Malaysia Hosts 25 July 2017[2] 4 (2004, 2008, 2014, 2016)
 Jordan Group A winners 24 September 2017 2 (1990, 2010)
 Tajikistan Group B winners 24 September 2017 2 (2006, 2010)
 Iran Group C winners 22 September 2017 10 (1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Iraq Group D winners 24 September 2017 9 (1985, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2016)
 Yemen Group E winners 22 September 2017 4 (2002, 2006, 2012, 2016)
 North Korea Group F winners 24 September 2017 10 (1986, 1988, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Indonesia Group G winners 22 September 2017 5 (1986, 1988, 1990, 2008, 2010)
 South Korea Group H winners 29 September 2017 13 (1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Australia Group I winners 24 September 2017 5 (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Japan Group J winners 24 September 2017 14 (1985, 1988, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 India 1st best runners-up 24 September 2017 7 (1990, 1996, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
 Oman 2nd best runners-up 24 September 2017 9 (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Thailand 3rd best runners-up 24 September 2017 10 (1985, 1988, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012, 2014, 2016)
 Vietnam 5th best runners-up 24 September 2017 6 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2016)
 Afghanistan 6th best runners-up 29 September 2017 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

10 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
2 own goals
1 own goal
Source: the-afc.com

References[edit]

External links[edit]