2020 AFC U-23 Championship
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|ฟุตบอลชิงชนะเลิศแห่งเอเชีย รุ่นอายุไม่เกิน 23 ปี 2020|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Goals scored||64 (2.29 per match)|
|Attendance||93,282 (3,332 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Mohammed Nassif|
Islom Kobilov (3 goals each)
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. 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.
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Qualification
- 3 Venues
- 4 Draw
- 5 Match officials
- 6 Squads
- 7 Group stage
- 8 Knockout stage
- 9 Winners
- 10 Awards
- 11 Goalscorers
- 12 Qualified teams for Summer Olympics
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Several nations expressed interest to host the tournament, including Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand were selected as host of the competition at an AFC Competition Committee's meeting in Tokyo in August 2018.
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.
|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)|
- The four best runners-up qualified for the final tournament.
The competition is played in four venues across four cities/provinces.
|Rajamangala Stadium||Buriram Stadium|
|Capacity: 49,722||Capacity: 32,600|
|Tinsulanon Stadium||Thammasat Stadium|
|Capacity: 45,000||Capacity: 25,000|
The draw of the final tournament was held on 26 September 2019, 15:00 ICT (UTC+7), at the Swissotel Bangkok Ratchada in Bangkok. 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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
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.
- Assistant referees
- Support assistant referees
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).
The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals.
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):
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- 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;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Goals scored in all group matches;
- Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
- 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);
- Drawing of lots.
|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|
|1||Saudi Arabia||3||2||1||0||3||1||+2||7||Knockout stage|
|1||South Korea||3||3||0||0||5||2||+3||9||Knockout stage|
|South Korea||1–0||China PR|
|1||United Arab Emirates||3||1||2||0||3||1||+2||5||Knockout stage|
|Vietnam||0–0||United Arab Emirates|
|United Arab Emirates||2–0||North Korea|
|Jordan||1–1||United Arab Emirates|
|18 January – Bangkok|
|22 January – Rangsit|
|19 January – Rangsit|
|26 January – Bangkok|
|Winners of SF1|
|18 January – Rangsit|
|Winners of SF2|
|22 January – Bangkok|
|19 January – Bangkok|
|Uzbekistan||Third place match|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
|25 January – Bangkok|
|Losers of SF1|
|Losers of SF2|
|United Arab Emirates||1–5||Uzbekistan|
The winners will qualify for 2020 Summer Olympics.
Third place match
The winner will qualify for 2020 Summer Olympics.
|2020 AFC U-23 Championship|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Top Goalscorer||Most Valuable Player||Fair Play award|
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.
- Ramy Najjarine
- Reno Piscopo
- Al Hassan Toure
- Sayed Hashim Isa
- Reza Dehghani
- Omid Noorafkan
- Reza Shekari
- Amir Al-Ammari
- Ryotaro Meshino
- Koki Ogawa
- Yuki Soma
- Ihab Al-Khawaldeh
- Yazan Al-Naimat
- Mohammad Bani Atieh
- Omar Hani
- Ri Chung-gyu
- Ryang Hyon-ju
- Yusuf Abdurisag
- Abdullah Al-Ahrak
- Firas Al-Buraikan
- Abdullah Al-Hamdan
- Ayman Al-Khulaif
- Abdulrahman Ghareeb
- Lee Dong-gyeong
- Anon Amornlerdsak
- Supachok Sarachat
- Khalifa Al-Hammadi
- Bobur Abdikholikov
- Ilkhom Alijanov
- Oybek Bozorov
- Jasurbek Yakhshiboev
- Nguyễn Tiến Linh
1 own goal
Qualified teams for Summer Olympics
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.
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