2019 AFC Asian Cup

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2019 AFC Asian Cup
كأس آسيا 2019
2019 afc asian cup logo.png
Official logo
Tournament details
Host country  United Arab Emirates
Dates 5 January – 1 February 2019
Teams 24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 8 (in 4 host cities)
2015
2023

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It will be held in United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019.[1] The United Arab Emirates was announced as the host for the tournament on 9 March 2015, with Iran being the only remaining bidder for the right to host the 2019 finals.[2] It will be the second time that the United Arab Emirates hosts the tournament after the 1996 finals.

For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that had been used since 2004.[3] Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams.[4] The host nation will automatically qualify for the final tournament, while the remaining 23 places will be determined among the other 45 national teams through a qualifying competition, running from March 2015 to March 2018, in which the first two rounds also serve as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process for the AFC.

Australia will be the defending champions going into the tournament, having won the previous competition in 2015. The winner of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup will earn the right to participate in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup which is to be hosted by a yet to be determined AFC association after 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts, Qatar, lost the rights.[5] As the 2021 Confederations Cup host country will have already qualified as hosts, if they win the Asian Cup, the runner-up will qualify.

Host selection[edit]

The bidding procedure and timeline for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was approved at the AFC congress on 28 November 2012.[6] The winning bid was originally set to be announced at an AFC congress in June, then November 2014.[7] However, at its 60th Anniversary celebrations at the end of 2014, AFC gave the date of 'summer 2015' to when an announcement would be made.[8]

In January 2015, AFC general secretary Alex Soosay said that Iran and the United Arab Emirates were the only two remaining bidders for the 2019 Asian Cup, and that the eventual hosts would be announced in March 2015.[2]

On 9 March 2015, AFC announced the hosts during an AFC Executive Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain.[9]

Qualification[edit]

  Qualified for Asian Cup
  In contention to qualify
  Failed to qualify
  Disqualified or withdrew
  Not an AFC member

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification process will determine the 24 participating teams for the tournament. In 2014, a proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds of the FIFA World Cup with those of the AFC Asian Cup was ratified by the AFC Competitions Committee.[3] The new qualification structure will take place in three stages, with the first two merging with the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.[3] In the first round, the lowest ranked teams played home-and-away over two legs to reduce the total number of teams to 40. In the second round, the 40 teams were divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up will qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals. In the third round, the next best 24 teams eliminated from second round will be divided into six groups of four and compete for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[10]

The first qualifying round of the qualification took place on 12 March 2015, with the final match of the third round expected to take place on 27 March 2018.[11][12]

Qualified teams[edit]

The following teams qualified for the tournament.

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
 United Arab Emirates Hosts 9 March 2015 10th 2015 Runners-up (1996)
 Qatar Second Round Group C winners 17 November 2015 10th 2015 Quarter-finals (2000, 2011)
 South Korea Second Round Group G winners 13 January 2016 14th 2015 Winners (1956, 1960)
 Japan Second Round Group E winners 24 March 2016 9th 2015 Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
 Thailand Second Round Group F winners 24 March 2016 7th 2007 Third Place (1972)
 Saudi Arabia Second Round Group A winners 24 March 2016 10th 2015 Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)
 Australia Second Round Group B winners 29 March 2016 4th 2015 Winners (2015)
 Uzbekistan Second Round Group H winners 29 March 2016 7th 2015 Fourth Place (2011)
 Iran Second Round Group D winners 29 March 2016 14th 2015 Winners (1968, 1972, 1976)
 Syria Second Round Group E runners-up 29 March 2016 6th 2011 Group Stage (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011)
 Iraq Second Round Group F runners-up 29 March 2016 9th 2015 Winners (2007)
 China PR Second Round Group C runners-up 29 March 2016 12th 2015 Runners-up (1984, 2004)

Venues[edit]

The eight venues to host matches are Zayed Sports City Stadium, Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium and Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Al-Maktoum Stadium and Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, and Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah.[13]

Abu Dhabi
Zayed Sports City Stadium Al Jazira Stadium Al Nahyan Stadium
Capacity: 43,620 (plans to expand to 63,578) Capacity: 42,056 (plans to expand) Capacity: 12,000 (plans to expand)
Gulf Cup (36).jpg Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.JPG Al-Nahyan Stadium.jpg
Dubai
Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Capacity: 12,000 (plans to expand)
Dubai Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium 2.jpg
Dubai
Al-Maktoum Stadium
Capacity: 12,000
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Al Ain Sharjah
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium Sharjah Stadium
Capacity: 25,965 (plans to expand) Capacity: 16,000 (plans to expand) Capacity: 11,073 (plans to expand)
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium night.jpg Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium.jpg نظرة مقربة من استاد الشارقة 2014-04-27 19-25.jpg


Schedule[edit]

Zayed Sports City Stadium, one of three stadiums in Abu Dhabi, will stage both the opening match and the final. The match schedule itself will maximise the use of venues. At least five matches will be allocated to each venue, with every ground hosting at least one match in the knockout stage. The semi-finals will be played on different days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. No city will host two matches on the same day – except in the final round of group stage matches when simultaneous kick-off is required. Unlike previous editions of the tournament, there will be no third/fourth place game.[13]

Marketing[edit]

[edit]

The official logo of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was unveiled on 23 January 2017 in Abu Dhabi during the drawing ceremony for the third round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification.[14] The colors used in the logo were derived from the flag of the UAE. The seven hexagons formed by colored ribbons represents the seven emirates of the host country. The interlacing hexagon pattern of the logo was inspired from Islamic art, as well as the old Emirati tradition of using palm leaves, locally known as saf, in weaving. The outer circle along with the geometric design within it symbolizes the sport of football.[15]

Concerns and controversies[edit]

Poor attendance records have been seen as a problem for the UAE in past tournaments, but Asian Cup officials are confident the tournament will attract significant numbers.[16]

AFC Sponsors[edit]

Continental AG

Credit Saison

EPSON

Emirates

Kirin

Konica Minolta

Qatar Petroleum

SAMSUNG

Toshiba

Toyota

Supporters[edit]

Asahi Shimbun

FamilyMart

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Makita

NIKE

Nikon

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Asian Cup: Australia backed as future World Cup host by AFC general secretary". abc.net.au. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "ExCo approves expanded AFC Asian Cup finals". AFC. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "AFC Asian Cup 2019 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 
  5. ^ "FIFA will move 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar to different Asian country". mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Maldives to host 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". AFC. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "New 60,000 stadium to be built in Dubai Sports City as part of 2019 Asian Cup bid". Arabian Industry.com. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Decision on next Asian Cup hosts unlikely before mid-2015". Yahoo! Eurosport UK. 29 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "United Arab Emirates to host 2019 AFC Asian Cup". the-afc.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee meeting". Asian Football Confederation. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC. 
  12. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 - 2018" (PDF). AFC. 
  13. ^ a b "AFC ASIAN CUP UAE 2019 STADIUMS AND MATCH DATES CONFIRMED". the-afc.com. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Official Draw for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers Final Round and Logo Unveil Takes Place in Abu Dhabi". Yahoo!. PR Newswire. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ Logo Revealed". Asian Football Confederation. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "UAE awarded hosting rights for 2019 Asian Cup". thenational.ae. 9 March 2015. 

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