2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification

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2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification
Tournament details
Host countriesQatar (Group A)
Bahrain (Group B)
Iran (Group C)
Saudi Arabia (Group D)
Kuwait (Group E)
Uzbekistan (Group F)
Mongolia (Group G)
Cambodia (Group H)
Myanmar (Group I)
Malaysia (Group J)
Vietnam (Group K)
Dates22–26 March 2019[1]
Teams44 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)13 (in 11 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played63
Goals scored240 (3.81 per match)
Attendance194,470 (3,087 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Korea Lee Dong-gyeong (6 goals)
2018
2022

The 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualification was an international men's under-23 football competition which decide the participating teams of the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship.

A total of 16 teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including Thailand who qualified automatically as hosts.[2] These matches also served as the first stage of the AFC qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Japan.

Draw[edit]

Of the 47 AFC member associations, a total of 44 teams entered the competition. The final tournament hosts Thailand decided to participate in qualification despite having automatically qualified for the final tournament.

The draw was held on 7 November 2018, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3][4] The 44 teams were drawn into eleven groups of four teams. For the draw, teams were divided into two zones:

  • West Zone: 24 teams from West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, to be drawn into six groups of four teams (Groups A–F).
  • East Zone: 20 teams from ASEAN and East Asia, to be drawn into five groups of four teams (Groups G–K).

The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament and qualification (overall ranking shown in parentheses; NR stands for non-ranked teams). The following restrictions were also applied:[5]

  • The eleven 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
West Zone
  1.  Uzbekistan (1) (H)
  2.  Qatar (3) (H)
  3.  Iraq (5)
  4.  Palestine (6)
  5.  Jordan (12)
  6.  Saudi Arabia (13) (H)
  1.  Syria (14)
  2.  Oman (15)
  3.  Iran (17) (H)
  4.  United Arab Emirates (19)
  5.  Tajikistan (21)
  6.  Bahrain (26) (H)
  1.  Lebanon (27)
  2.  India (28)
  3.  Kyrgyzstan (29)
  4.  Turkmenistan (31)
  5.    Nepal (34)
  6.  Bangladesh (37)
  1.  Afghanistan (38)
  2.  Kuwait (NR) (H)
  3.  Maldives (NR)
  4.  Pakistan (NR) (W)
  5.  Sri Lanka (NR)
  6.  Yemen (NR)
East Zone
  1.  Vietnam (2) (H)
  2.  South Korea (4)
  3.  Malaysia (7) (H)
  4.  Japan (8)
  5.  North Korea (9)
  1.  China PR (10)
  2.  Australia (11)
  3.  Thailand (16) (Q)
  4.  Myanmar (18) (H)
  5.  Hong Kong (20)
  1.  Cambodia (22) (H)
  2.  Indonesia (23)
  3.  Timor-Leste (24)
  4.  Laos (25)
  5.  Singapore (30)
  1.  Mongolia (32) (H)
  2.  Brunei (33)
  3.  Philippines (35)
  4.  Chinese Taipei (36)
  5.  Macau (39) (N)
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
  • (H): Qualification group hosts
  • (N): Not a member of the International Olympic Committee, ineligible for Olympics
  • (Q): Final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results
  • (W): Withdrew after draw
Did not enter
West Zone
East Zone

Player eligibility[edit]

Players born on or after 1 January 1997 are eligible to compete in the tournament.[6]

Format[edit]

In each group, teams play each other once at a centralized venue. The eleven group winners and the four best runners-up qualify for the final tournament. If the final tournament hosts Thailand win their group or are among the four best runners-up, the fifth best runner-up also qualifies for the final tournament.

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).[6]

  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 22–26 March 2019.

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Groups A–E, G–J Group F
Matchday 1 22 March 2019 1 v 4, 2 v 3 3 v 1
Matchday 2 24 March 2019 4 v 2, 3 v 1 2 v 3
Matchday 3 26 March 2019 1 v 2, 3 v 4 1 v 2

Group A[edit]

  • All matches were held in Qatar.
  • Times listed are UTC+3.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar (H) 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 7 Final tournament
2  Oman 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
3  Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4    Nepal 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Oman 1–0   Nepal
Report
Attendance: 600
Qatar 2–0 Afghanistan
Report
Attendance: 900

Afghanistan 1–2 Oman
Report
Attendance: 150
Nepal   0–5 Qatar
Report
Attendance: 850

Qatar 2–2 Oman
Report
Attendance: 900
Nepal   0–2 Afghanistan
Report
Attendance: 147

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bahrain (H) 3 3 0 0 12 0 +12 9 Final tournament
2  Palestine 3 2 0 1 10 2 +8 6
3  Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
4  Sri Lanka 3 0 0 3 0 20 −20 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Palestine 9–0 Sri Lanka
Report
Bahrain 1–0 Bangladesh
Report

Bangladesh 0–1 Palestine
Report
Sri Lanka 0–9 Bahrain
Report

Bangladesh 2–0 Sri Lanka
Report
Palestine 0–2 Bahrain
Report

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iraq 3 2 1 0 7 0 +7 7 Final tournament
2  Iran (H) 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
3  Turkmenistan 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
4  Yemen 3 0 1 2 0 8 −8 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Iraq 5–0 Yemen
Report
Iran 3–1 Turkmenistan
Report
Attendance: 1,732
Referee: Minoru Tōjō (Japan)

Turkmenistan 0–2 Iraq
Report
Yemen 0–3 Iran
Report
Attendance: 2,931

Turkmenistan 0–0 Yemen
Report
Iraq 0–0 Iran
Report
Attendance: 2,520

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United Arab Emirates 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 7 Final tournament
2  Saudi Arabia (H) 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7
3  Lebanon 3 1 0 2 7 8 −1 3
4  Maldives 3 0 0 3 0 15 −15 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
United Arab Emirates 6–1 Lebanon
Report
Saudi Arabia 6–0 Maldives
Report

Maldives 0–3 United Arab Emirates
Report
Lebanon 0–2 Saudi Arabia
Report

Lebanon 6–0 Maldives
Report
Saudi Arabia 1–1 United Arab Emirates
Report

Group E[edit]

  • All matches were held in Kuwait.
  • Times listed are UTC+3.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jordan 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 Final tournament
2  Syria 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
3  Kuwait (H) 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
4  Kyrgyzstan 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Syria 2–0 Kyrgyzstan
Report
Jordan 2–1 Kuwait
Report

Kyrgyzstan 0–3 Jordan
Report
Kuwait 0–2 Syria
Report

Jordan 1–1 Syria
Report
Kyrgyzstan 2–3 Kuwait
Report

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uzbekistan (H) 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 Final tournament
2  Tajikistan 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
3  India 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
4  Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[7]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
India 0–3 Uzbekistan
Report

Tajikistan 2–0 India
Report

Uzbekistan 0–0 Tajikistan
Report

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  North Korea 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Final tournament
2  Singapore 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
3  Hong Kong 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 4
4  Mongolia (H) 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Hong Kong 1–1 Singapore
Report
North Korea 1–0 Mongolia
Report

Singapore 1–1 North Korea
Report
Mongolia 0–1 Hong Kong
Report

North Korea 2–0 Hong Kong
Report
Singapore 3–1 Mongolia
Report

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 2 1 0 16 3 +13 7 Final tournament
2  Australia 3 2 1 0 14 2 +12 7
3  Cambodia (H) 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1
4  Chinese Taipei 3 0 1 2 1 15 −14 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
South Korea 8–0 Chinese Taipei
Report
Australia 6–0 Cambodia
Report

Chinese Taipei 0–6 Australia
Report
Cambodia 1–6 South Korea
Report

South Korea 2–2 Australia
Report
Cambodia 1–1 Chinese Taipei
Report

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 21 0 +21 9 Final tournament
2  Myanmar (H) 3 2 0 1 11 7 +4 6
3  Timor-Leste 3 1 0 2 5 16 −11 3
4  Macau 3 0 0 3 3 17 −14 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Japan 8–0 Macau
Report
Attendance: 303
Myanmar 7–0 Timor-Leste
Report

Timor-Leste 0–6 Japan
Report
Macau 0–4 Myanmar
Report

Timor-Leste 5–3 Macau
Report
Attendance: 1,528
Japan 7–0 Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 9,875

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China PR 3 2 1 0 15 2 +13 7 Final tournament
2  Malaysia (H) 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
3  Laos 3 1 0 2 3 8 −5 3
4  Philippines 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
China PR 5–0 Laos
Report
Malaysia 3–0 Philippines
Report

Philippines 0–8 China PR
Report
Laos 0–1 Malaysia
Report

Laos 3–2 Philippines
Report
Malaysia 2–2 China PR
Report

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Vietnam (H) 3 3 0 0 11 0 +11 9 Final tournament
2  Thailand[a] 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6
3  Indonesia 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4 3
4  Brunei 3 0 0 3 1 16 −15 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ Thailand, as final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results.
Thailand 4–0 Indonesia
Report
Vietnam 6–0 Brunei
Report

Brunei 0–8 Thailand
Report
Indonesia 0–1 Vietnam
Report

Indonesia 2–1 Brunei
Report
Vietnam 4–0 Thailand
Report

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

Due to groups having different number of teams (after the withdrawal of Pakistan from Group F), the results against the fourth-placed teams in four-team groups were not considered for this ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 H  Australia 2 1 1 0 8 2 +6 4 Final tournament
2 C  Iran 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4[a]
2 E  Syria 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4[a]
4 D  Saudi Arabia 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4[a]
5 F  Tajikistan 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
6 A  Oman 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4
7 J  Malaysia 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
8 I  Myanmar 2 1 0 1 7 7 0 3
9 K  Thailand[b] 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3 Final tournament
10 B  Palestine 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 3
11 G  Singapore 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Disciplinary points: Iran –2, Syria –2, Saudi Arabia –3.
  2. ^ Thailand, as final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results.

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in AFC U-23 Championship1
 Thailand Hosts 30 August 2018[2] 2 (2016, 2018)
 Qatar Group A winners 26 March 2019 2 (2016, 2018)
 Bahrain Group B winners 26 March 2019 0 (debut)
 Iraq Group C winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 United Arab Emirates Group D winners 26 March 2019 2 (2013, 2016)
 Jordan Group E winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 Uzbekistan Group F winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 North Korea Group G winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 South Korea Group H winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 Japan Group I winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 China PR Group J winners 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 Vietnam Group K winners 26 March 2019 2 (2016, 2018)
 Australia 1st best runners-up 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 Iran 2nd best runners-up 26 March 2019 2 (2013, 2016)
 Syria 3rd best runners-up 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
 Saudi Arabia 4th best runners-up 26 March 2019 3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 240 goals scored in 63 matches, for an average of 3.81 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2019". 28 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "FA Thailand proposed as 2020 AFC U-23 Championship host". AFC. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Teams to learn opponents for 2020 Qualifiers". AFC. 6 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Journey to Thailand 2020 begins". AFC. 7 November 2018.
  5. ^ "AFC U23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers Draw". YouTube. 7 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Competition Regulations AFC U-23 Championship 2020". AFC.
  7. ^ "Pakistan withdraw from AFC U23 Championship 2020 qualifiers as tensions with India continue". Fox Sports Asia. 8 March 2019.

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