AFC U-23 Championship

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AFC U-23 Championship
Founded 2011; 6 years ago (2011)
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 16
Current champions  Japan
(1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Japan
 Iraq
(1 title each)
2018 AFC U-23 Championship

The AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the AFC U-23 Asian Cup[1]) is an international football tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The first edition was initially set to be held in 2013 and its qualification matches in 2012, but the finals tournament was postponed to be played in January 2014 due to the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.[2][3]

The tournament is planned to be held every two years. The 2016 tournament doubled as the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, where the top 3 teams qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] The 2016 edition took place in January 2016.[4][5] The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".[6]

Format[edit]

The overview of the competition format in the 2016 tournament was as follows:[7]

  • Sixteen teams competed in the final tournament, including the hosts which were automatically qualified.
  • Teams were seeded by the result of 2013 AFC U-22 Championship.
  • The tournament was held in 18 days.
  • Three or four stadiums in at most two cities were needed to host the tournament.

The host country will be rotated by regions: the region for the first tournament will be decided by draw.[7]

In addition, players who participated in a higher age group competition (this tournament and/or AFC U-19 Championship) are ineligible for participating in AFC U-16 Championship.[7]

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
2013
Details
 Oman
Iraq
1–0
Saudi Arabia

Jordan
0–0
(3–2)
on penalties

South Korea
2016
Details
 Qatar
Japan
3–2
South Korea

Iraq
2–1 aet
Qatar
2018
Details
 China

Teams reaching the top four[edit]

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Iraq 1 (2013) 1 (2016)
 Japan 1 (2016)
 South Korea 1 (2016) 1 (2013)
 Saudi Arabia 1 (2013)
 Jordan 1 (2013)
 Qatar 1 (2016)

Participating countries[edit]

Teams
2013

2016

2018
 Australia QF GS
 China PR GS GS q
 Iraq 1st 3rd
 Iran GS QF
 Japan QF 1st
 Jordan 3rd QF
 North Korea GS QF
 South Korea 4th 2nd
 Kuwait GS
 Myanmar GS
 Oman GS
 Qatar 4th
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS
 Syria QF GS
 Thailand GS
 United Arab Emirates QF QF
 Uzbekistan GS GS
 Vietnam GS
 Yemen GS GS
Total 16 16 16
Legend

All Time Results[edit]

Pos Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Iraq 2 12 10 1 1 21 9 +12 31
2  South Korea 2 12 7 3 2 22 9 +13 24
3  Japan 2 10 7 2 1 23 9 +14 23
4  Jordan 2 10 4 4 2 13 7 +6 16
5  Saudi Arabia 2 9 4 2 3 14 13 +1 14
6  Qatar 1 6 4 0 2 13 10 +3 12
7  United Arab Emirates 2 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 12
8  Syria 2 7 3 1 3 9 10 -1 10
9  Australia 2 7 3 1 3 5 7 -2 10
10  Iran 2 7 3 1 3 12 12 0 7
11  Uzbekistan 2 6 2 1 3 6 10 -4 7
12  North Korea 2 7 1 3 3 9 10 -1 6
13  Oman 1 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
14  Thailand 1 3 0 2 1 3 7 -4 2
15  Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1
16  Vietnam 1 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0
17  China PR 2 6 0 0 6 6 14 -8 0
18  Myanmar 1 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12 0
19  Yemen 2 6 0 0 6 2 15 -13 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fifteen sides storm to U-22 finals". Asian Football Confederation. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Call to improve AFC competitions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-Jan-version)" (PDF). AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29. 
  5. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-June/July-version)" (PDF). AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29. 
  6. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee meeting". the-afc.com. 28 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "AFC announces key competition decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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