AFC U-16 Championship

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AFC U-16 Championship
AFC U16 logo.svg
Founded1985; 33 years ago (1985)
RegionAFC (Asia)
Number of teams16
Current champions Japan (3rd title)
Most successful team(s) Japan (3 titles)
2018 AFC U-16 Championship

The AFC U-16 Championship is a football competition, organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held once every two years for Asian under-16 teams that also serves as a qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The top 4 countries qualify to participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Until 2006 it was held as an under-17 tournament.

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1985
Details

Qatar

Saudi Arabia
0–0
(4–3 p)

Qatar

Iraq
1–0
Thailand
1986
Details

Qatar

South Korea
0–0
(5–4 p)

Qatar

Saudi Arabia
2–0
North Korea
1988
Details

Thailand

Saudi Arabia
2–0
Bahrain

China PR
1–1
(4–3 p)

Iraq
1990
Details

United Arab Emirates

Qatar
2–0
United Arab Emirates

China PR
5–0
Indonesia
1992
Details

Saudi Arabia

China PR
2–2
(8–7 p)

Qatar

Saudi Arabia
2–1
North Korea
1994
Details

Qatar

Japan
1–0 (a.e.t.)
Qatar

Oman
3–2
Bahrain
1996
Details

Thailand

Oman
1–0
Thailand

Bahrain
0–0
(4–1 p)

Japan
1998
Details

Qatar

Thailand
1–1
(3–2 p)

Qatar

Bahrain
5–1
South Korea
2000
Details

Vietnam

Oman
1–0
Iran

Japan
4–2
Vietnam
2002
Details

United Arab Emirates

South Korea
1–1
(5–3 p)

Yemen

China PR
1–0
Uzbekistan
2004
Details

Japan

China PR
1–0
North Korea

Qatar
2–1
Iran
2006
Details

Singapore

Japan
4–2 (a.e.t.)
North Korea

Tajikistan
3–3
(5–4 p)

Syria
Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists(1)
Winner Score Runner-up
2008
Details

Uzbekistan

Iran
2–1
South Korea
 United Arab Emirates and  Japan
2010
Details

Uzbekistan

North Korea
2–0
Uzbekistan
 Australia and  Japan
2012
Details

Iran

Uzbekistan
1–1
(3–1 p)

Japan
 Iran and  Iraq
2014
Details

Thailand

North Korea
2–1
South Korea
 Australia and  Syria
2016
Details

India

Iraq
0–0
(4–3 p)

Iran
 Japan and  North Korea
2018
Details

Malaysia

Japan
1–0
Tajikistan
 Australia and  South Korea

Notes:

  • a.e.t.: after extra time
  • p: after penalty shoot-out
  • 1 No third place match was played.

Successful national teams[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalists Total (Top 4)
 Japan 3 (1994, 2006, 2018) 1 (2012) 1 (2000) 1 (1996) 3 (2008, 2010, 2016) 9
 North Korea 2 (2010, 2014) 2 (2004, 2006) - 2 (1986, 1992) 1 (2016) 7
 South Korea 2 (1986, 2002) 2 (2008, 2014) - 1 (1998) 1 (2018) 6
 China PR 2 (1992, 2004) - 3 (1988, 1990, 2002) - - 5
 Saudi Arabia 2 (1985, 1988) - 2 (1986, 1992) - - 4
 Oman 2 (1996, 2000) - 1 (1994) - - 3
 Qatar 1 (1990) 5 (1985, 1986, 1992, 1994, 1998) 1 (2004) - - 7
 Iran 1 (2008) 2 (2000, 2016) - 1 (2004) 1 (2012) 5
 Thailand 1 (1998) 1 (1996) - 1 (1985) - 3
 Uzbekistan 1 (2012) 1 (2010) - 1 (2002) - 3
 Iraq 1 (2016) - 1 (1985) 1 (1988) 1 (2012) 4
 Bahrain - 1 (1988) 2 (1996, 1998) 1 (1994) - 4
 Tajikistan - 1 (2018) 1 (2006) - - 2
 United Arab Emirates - 1 (1990) - - 1 (2008) 2
 Yemen - 1 (2002) - - - 1
 Syria - - - 1 (2006) 1 (2014) 2
 Indonesia - - - 1 (1990) - 1
 Vietnam - - - 1 (2000) - 1
 Australia - - - - 3 (2010, 2014, 2018) 3
Total (18 editions) 18 18 12 12 12 72

Note:

  • Results as hosts in bold.

Medal summary[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan3148
2 North Korea2215
3 South Korea2204
4 China PR2035
5 Saudi Arabia2024
6 Oman2013
7 Qatar1517
8 Iran1214
9 Thailand1102
 Uzbekistan1102
11 Iraq1023
12 Bahrain0123
13 Tajikistan0112
 United Arab Emirates0112
15 Yemen0101
16 Australia0022
17 Syria0011
Totals (17 nations)18182258

Participating nations[edit]

Legend:
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • SF – Semi-finalists
  • QF – Quarter finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
  • DQ – Disqualified
  •  ••  – Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter
  •  ×  – Withdrew / Banned / Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • XX — Country not affiliated to AFC at that time
  • XX — Country did not exist or national team was inactive
  •      – Hosts
  •      – Not affiliated to FIFA
Nation
1985

1986

1988

1990

1992

1994

1996

1998

2000

2002

2004

2006

2008

2010

2012

2014

2016

2018
Total
 Afghanistan × × × × × × × × × × × × DQ GS 1
 Australia x QF SF QF SF GS SF 6
 Bahrain GS 2nd GS 4th 3rd 3rd GS 7
 Bangladesh × GS GS GS GS × GS GS DQ × 6
 China PR GS 3rd 3rd 1st GS GS GS 3rd 1st QF GS GS GS GS 14
 Hong Kong × × GS 1
 India GS GS QF GS GS GS GS QF 8
 Indonesia × GS GS 4th GS GS × QF 6
 Iran × GS GS 2nd × 4th QF 1st GS SF QF 2nd GS 11
 Iraq 3rd 4th × × GS × GS QF GS DQ QF SF 1st GS 10
 Japan GS GS × 1st 4th GS 3rd GS GS 1st SF SF 2nd QF SF 1st 15
 Jordan × GS QF × GS 3
 Kuwait •• GS QF GS QF GS × × 5
 Kyrgyzstan × × DQ GS 1
 Laos × × × × × × GS DQ GS 2
 Malaysia × × GS GS QF GS GS 5
 Myanmar × GS × × × × × GS GS GS × 4
   Nepal × × × GS × GS GS × 3
 North Korea × 4th GS 4th GS × 2nd 2nd DQ 1st GS 1st SF QF 11
 Oman × × 3rd 1st GS 1st × QF GS GS GS QF QF 10
 Pakistan × × × × × × GS × × × 1
 Qatar 2nd 2nd GS 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd QF 3rd GS 10
 Saudi Arabia 1st 3rd 1st •• 3rd GS QF QF GS GS GS 10
 Singapore GS GS 2
 South Korea 1st GS GS GS GS 4th 1st QF QF 2nd QF 2nd GS SF 14
 South Yemen GS 1
 Syria × × × × × × × × QF × 4th QF QF QF SF 6
 Tajikistan × × × 3rd DQ GS 2nd 3
 Thailand 4th GS GS 2nd 1st GS × GS GS GS GS GS 11
 Timor-Leste × × × GS × 1
 Turkmenistan × × GS × × 1
 United Arab Emirates 2nd GS GS QF SF QF QF × 7
 Uzbekistan GS GS 4th GS QF 2nd 1st QF QF 9
 Vietnam × × × × × × × × 4th GS GS GS GS QF GS 7
 Yemen × × × 2nd GS DQ GS GS GS 5

All Time Results[edit]

Rank Team Part. Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Japan 15 70 43 10 17 167 79 +88 139
2  South Korea 14 63 35 12 16 135 66 +69 117
3  China PR 14 59 27 16 16 105 72 +33 97
4  Qatar 10 46 27 11 8 80 39 +41 92
5  Iran 10 47 27 7 14 94 54 +40 88
6  North Korea 11 53 22 14 17 82 66 +16 80
7  Iraq 10 44 19 9 16 57 50 +7 66
8  Oman 10 43 19 6 18 73 62 +11 63
9  Saudi Arabia 10 40 17 8 15 68 44 +24 59
10  Uzbekistan 9 41 16 9 16 69 91 -22 57
11  Australia 6 26 15 4 7 54 39 +15 49
12  Thailand 11 43 14 7 22 62 70 -8 49
13  Bahrain 7 33 13 8 12 55 46 +11 47
14  Syria 6 27 10 9 8 39 33 +6 39
15  United Arab Emirates 7 28 10 8 10 47 47 0 38
16  Vietnam 7 25 7 4 14 35 57 -22 25
17  India 8 27 6 6 15 31 58 -27 24
18  Yemen 6 18 5 5 8 19 24 -5 20
19  Tajikistan 3 10 5 5 5 20 33 -13 20
20  Kuwait 5 19 4 3 12 25 41 -16 15
21  Malaysia 5 16 4 2 10 19 33 -14 14
22  Indonesia 7 22 3 5 14 18 52 -34 14
23  Bangladesh 6 20 3 3 14 16 59 -43 12
24  Myanmar 4 12 2 2 8 12 36 -24 8
25  Jordan 3 10 1 4 5 8 23 -15 7
26  Laos 2 6 2 0 4 8 19 -11 6
27    Nepal 3 10 1 2 7 6 31 -25 5
28  Kyrgyzstan 1 3 1 0 2 2 11 -9 3
29  South Yemen 1 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2
30  Singapore 2 6 0 2 4 3 18 -15 2
31  Pakistan 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1
32  Hong Kong 1 3 0 0 3 0 6 -6 0
33  Timor-Leste 1 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0
34  Turkmenistan 1 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0
35  Afghanistan 1 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12 0

Men's U-17 World Cup Qualifiers[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals
  • R2 – Round 2
  • R1 – Round 1
  •      – Hosts
  •      – Not affiliated to AFC
  • q – Qualified for upcoming tournament
Team China
1985
Canada
1987
Scotland
1989
Italy
1991
Japan
1993
Ecuador
1995
Egypt
1997
New Zealand
1999
Trinidad and Tobago
2001
Finland
2003
Peru
2005
South Korea
2007
Nigeria
2009
Mexico
2011
United Arab Emirates
2013
Chile
2015
India
2017
Peru
2019
Total
 Australia OFC member R2 R2 q 3
 Bahrain 4th R1 2
 China PR QF R1 R1 R1 R1 QF 6
 India R1 1
 Iran R1 R2 R2 QF 4
 Iraq R1 R2 2
 Japan QF R1 R1 R1 R1 QF R2 R2 q 9
 North Korea QF R2 R1 R2 R1 5
 Oman 4th QF R1 3
 Qatar R1 QF 4th R1 R1 QF R1 7
 Saudi Arabia QF R1 1st 3
 South Korea QF R1 R1 QF R2 q 6
 Syria R2 R1 2
 Tajikistan Part of Soviet Union R2 q 2
 Thailand R1 R1 2
 United Arab Emirates R1 R2 R1 3
 Uzbekistan Part of Soviet Union QF R2 2
 Yemen Part of South Yemen R1 1

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