2020 AFC U-23 Championship

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2020 AFC U-23 Championship
ฟุตบอลชิงชนะเลิศแห่งเอเชีย รุ่นอายุไม่เกิน 23 ปี 2020
Tournament details
Host countryThailand
Dates8–26 January[1]
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played28
Goals scored64 (2.29 per match)
Attendance93,282 (3,332 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iraq Mohammed Nassif
Thailand Jaroensak Wonggorn
United Arab Emirates Zaid Al-Ameri
Uzbekistan Islom Kobilov (3 goals each)
2018
2022
All statistics correct as of 19 January 2020.

The 2020 AFC U-23 Championship is the 4th edition of the AFC U-23 Championship, the biennial international age-restricted football championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia. A total of 16 teams are competing in the tournament. It is taking place between 8–26 January 2020 in Thailand.

This tournament acts as the AFC qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament. The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the Olympics in Japan as the AFC representatives.[2] As Japan had already qualified as the hosts, had they reached the semi-finals, the other semi-finalists were guaranteed qualification even before the phase would have commenced.[3]

Uzbekistan are the defending champions.[4]

Host selection[edit]

Several nations expressed interest to host the tournament, including Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.[5][6] Thailand were selected as host of the competition at an AFC Competition Committee's meeting in Tokyo in August 2018.[7]

Qualification[edit]

  Qualified for AFC U23 Championship
  Failed to qualify
  Withdrew or did not participate
  Not an AFC member

The qualifiers were held from 18 to 26 March 2019, during the FIFA International Match Calendar.[8]

Qualified teams[edit]

Thirteen of the sixteen teams (including hosts Thailand) that qualified for 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualified again for the 2020 final tournament. The 2013 champions Iraq, 2016 champions Japan, 2018 champions Uzbekistan all qualified for the 2020 final tournament. The teams: Iraq, Japan, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, South Korea, China PR, Australia qualified for all editions of AFC U-23 Championship till 2020.

Iran, United Arab Emirates come back after missing out in 2018, with Bahrain making their debut at the tournament finals.

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[9]

Team Qualified as Appearance Previous best performance
 Thailand Hosts 3rd Group stage (2016, 2018)
 Qatar Group A winners 3rd Third place (2018)
 Bahrain Group B winners 1st Debut
 Iraq Group C winners 4th Champions (2013)
 United Arab Emirates Group D winners 3rd Quarter-finals (2013, 2016)
 Jordan Group E winners 4th Third place (2013)
 Uzbekistan Group F winners 4th Champions (2018)
 North Korea Group G winners 4th Quarter-finals (2016)
 South Korea Group H winners 4th Runners-up (2016)
 Japan Group I winners 4th Champions (2016)
 China PR Group J winners 4th Group stage (2013, 2016, 2018)
 Vietnam Group K winners 3rd Runners-up (2018)
 Australia Group H runners-up[note 1] 4th Quarter-finals (2013)
 Iran Group C runners-up[note 1] 3rd Quarter-finals (2016)
 Syria Group E runners-up[note 1] 4th Quarter-finals (2013)
 Saudi Arabia Group D runners-up[note 1] 4th Runners-up (2013)

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c d The four best runners-up qualified for the final tournament.

Venues[edit]

The competition is played in four venues across four cities/provinces.

Bangkok Buriram
Rajamangala Stadium Buriram Stadium
Capacity: 49,722 Capacity: 32,600
Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.jpg Isan, Mueang Buri Ram District, Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - panoramio (6).jpg
Songkhla Pathum Thani
Tinsulanon Stadium Thammasat Stadium
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 25,000
Tinsulanonstadium2014.jpg Thammasat Stadium.jpg

Draw[edit]

The draw of the final tournament was held on 26 September 2019, 15:00 ICT (UTC+7), at the Swissotel Bangkok Ratchada in Bangkok.[10][11][12] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament and qualification, with the hosts Thailand automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw.[13]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Match officials[edit]

On 3 January 2020, the AFC announced the list of referees chosen for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship. 34 referees, 26 assistant referees and 2 support assistant referees were appointed for the tournament. Video assistant referees will be used in this tournament.[14][15]

Referees
Assistant referees
Support assistant referees

Squads[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 1997 are eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team must register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers (Regulations Articles 24.1 and 24.2).[3]

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 9.3):[3]

  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, ICT (UTC+7).[16]

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 8–10 January 2020 1 v 4, 2 v 3
Matchday 2 11–13 January 2020 4 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 3 14–16 January 2020 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Knockout stage
2  Thailand (H) 3 1 1 1 7 3 +4 4
3  Iraq 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
4  Bahrain 3 0 2 1 3 8 −5 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Iraq 1–1 Australia
Report
Attendance: 106
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
Thailand 5–0 Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 7,076
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Bahrain 2–2 Iraq
Report
Australia 2–1 Thailand
Report
Attendance: 22,352
Referee: Turki Al-Khudhayr (Saudi Arabia)

Thailand 1–1 Iraq
Report
Attendance: 15,342
Australia 1–1 Bahrain
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Saudi Arabia 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7 Knockout stage
2  Syria 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3  Qatar 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
4  Japan 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Qatar 2–2 Syria
Report
Japan 1–2 Saudi Arabia
Report
Attendance: 1,433

Saudi Arabia 0–0 Qatar
Report
Syria 2–1 Japan
Report

Qatar 1–1 Japan
Report
Saudi Arabia 1–0 Syria
Report

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9 Knockout stage
2  Uzbekistan 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3  Iran 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  China PR 3 0 0 3 0 4 −4 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Uzbekistan 1–1 Iran
Report
Attendance: 4,180
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
South Korea 1–0 China PR
Report

Iran 1–2 South Korea
Report
China PR 0–2 Uzbekistan
Report

Uzbekistan 1–2 South Korea
Report
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
China PR 0–1 Iran
Report
Attendance: 3,567
Referee: Hanna Hattab (Syria)

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United Arab Emirates 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5 Knockout stage
2  Jordan 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3  North Korea 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4  Vietnam 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Vietnam 0–0 United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 3,967
North Korea 1–2 Jordan
Report
Attendance: 305

United Arab Emirates 2–0 North Korea
Report
Jordan 0–0 Vietnam
Report

Vietnam 1–2 North Korea
Report
Jordan 1–1 United Arab Emirates
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Articles 12.1 and 12.2).[3]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
18 January – Bangkok
 
 
 Australia (a.e.t.)1
 
22 January – Rangsit
 
 Syria0
 
 Australia
 
19 January – Rangsit
 
 South Korea
 
 South Korea2
 
26 January – Bangkok
 
 Jordan1
 
Winners of SF1
 
18 January – Rangsit
 
Winners of SF2
 
 Saudi Arabia1
 
22 January – Bangkok
 
 Thailand0
 
 Saudi Arabia
 
19 January – Bangkok
 
 UzbekistanThird place match
 
 United Arab Emirates1
 
25 January – Bangkok
 
 Uzbekistan5
 
Losers of SF1
 
 
Losers of SF2
 

Quarter-finals[edit]

Saudi Arabia 1–0 Thailand
Report
Attendance: 14,958
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Australia 1–0 (a.e.t.) Syria
Report

South Korea 2–1 Jordan
Report

United Arab Emirates 1–5 Uzbekistan
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

The winners will qualify for 2020 Summer Olympics.

Saudi Arabia SF2 Uzbekistan
Report

Australia SF1 South Korea
Report

Third place match[edit]

The winner will qualify for 2020 Summer Olympics.

Losers of SF1vLosers of SF2
Report

Final[edit]

Winner SF1vWinner SF2
Report

Winners[edit]

2020 AFC U-23 Championship
title

Awards[edit]

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

Top Goalscorer Most Valuable Player Fair Play award

Goalscorers[edit]

There have been 64 goals scored in 28 matches, for an average of 2.29 goals per match. Players highlighted in bold are still active in the competition.

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Qualified teams for Summer Olympics[edit]

The following AFC teams qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympic men's football tournament, including Japan which qualified as hosts.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in Summer Olympics1
 Japan 7 September 2013 10 (1936, 1956, 1964, 1968, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
TBD 22 January 2020
TBD 22 January 2020
TBD 25 January 2020
1 Italic indicates hosts for that year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2020". AFC. 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ "OC for FIFA Competitions approves procedures for the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup". FIFA.com. 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Competition Regulations AFC U-23 Championship 2020". Asian Football Confederation.
  4. ^ "Sidorov the hero as Uzbekistan emerge champions". AFC. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Việt Nam plans to host U23 champs in 2020". Việt Nam News. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ Rosdi, Aziman (6 February 2018). "Malaysia to bid for the 2020 AFC Under-23 Championship". New Strait Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ "FA Thailand proposed as 2020 AFC U-23 Championship host". AFC. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2019". 28 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Cast for 2020 Finals confirmed". AFC. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  10. ^ "AFC issues RFP for EMC service for AFC U23 Championship 2020 Final Draw Ceremony". AFC. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Stars of tomorrow set for Thailand 2020 draw". AFC. 25 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Thailand 2020: Draw produces exciting groups". AFC. 26 September 2019.
  13. ^ "#AFCU23 Thailand 2020 - Preview Show (Pre Draw)". YouTube. 25 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Match officials for Thailand 2020 appointed". the-afc.com. 3 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Match officials". the-afc.com. 3 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Match Schedule: AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020". AFC.

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