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. The AFC have proposed switching back to an under-17 tournament starting from 2023.[1]

AFC U-16 Championship
Founded1985 (1985)
RegionAFC (Asia)
Number of teams16
Current champions Japan (3rd title)
Most successful team(s) Japan (3 titles)
2020 AFC U-16 Championship

Results

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
2020
Details

Bahrain

Notes:

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

Successful national teams

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)181812121272

Note:

  • Results as hosts in bold.

Participating nations

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
  • 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

2020
Total
 Afghanistan ××××××××××××DQGS1
 Australia xQFSFQFSFGSSFq7
 Bahrain GS2ndGS4th3rd3rdGSq8
 Bangladesh ×GSGSGSGS×GSGSDQ×6
 China PR GS3rd3rd1stGSGSGS3rd1stQFGSGSGSGSq15
 Hong Kong ××GS1
 India GSGSQFGSGSGSGSQFq9
 Indonesia ×GSGS4thGSGS×QFq7
 Iran ×GSGS2nd×4thQF1stGSSFQF2ndGSq12
 Iraq 3rd4th××GS×GSQFGSDQQFSF1stGS10
 Japan GSGS×1st4thGS3rdGSGS1stSFSF2ndQFSF1stq16
 Jordan ×GSQF×GS3
 Kuwait ••GSQFGSQFGS××5
 Kyrgyzstan ××DQGS1
 Laos ××××××GSDQGS2
 Malaysia ××GSGSQFGSGS5
 Myanmar ×GS×××××GSGSGS×4
   Nepal ×××GS×GSGS×3
 North Korea ×4thGS4thGS×2nd2ndDQ1stGS1stSFQFq12
 Oman ××3rd1stGS1st×QFGSGSGSQFQFq11
 Pakistan ××××××GS×××1
 Qatar 2nd2ndGS1st2nd2nd2ndQF3rdGSq11
 Saudi Arabia 1st3rd1st••3rdGSQFQFGSGSGSq11
 Singapore GSGS2
 South Korea 1stGSGSGSGS4th1stQFQF2ndQF2ndGSSFq15
 South Yemen GS1
 Syria ××××××××QF×4thQFQFQFSF6
 Tajikistan ×××3rdDQGS2ndq4
 Thailand 4thGSGS2nd1stGS×GSGSGSGSGS11
 Timor-Leste ×××GS×1
 Turkmenistan ××GS××1
 United Arab Emirates 2ndGSGSQFSFQFQF×q8
 Uzbekistan GSGS4thGSQF2nd1stQFQFq10
 Vietnam ××××××××4thGSGSGSGSQFGS7
 Yemen ×××2ndGSDQGSGSGSq6

All Time Results

Rank Team Part. Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Japan 157043101716779+88139
2  South Korea 146335121613566+69117
3  China PR 145927161610572+3397
4  Qatar 1046271188039+4192
5  Iran 1047277149454+4088
6  North Korea 11532214178266+1680
7  Iraq 1044199165750+766
8  Oman 1043196187362+1163
9  Saudi Arabia 1040178156844+2459
10  Uzbekistan 941169166991-2257
11  Australia 62615475439+1549
12  Thailand 1143147226270-849
13  Bahrain 733138125546+1147
14  Syria 62710983933+639
15  United Arab Emirates 728108104747038
16  Vietnam 72574143557-2225
17  India 82766153158-2724
18  Yemen 6185581924-520
19  Tajikistan 3105552033-1320
20  Kuwait 51943122541-1615
21  Malaysia 51642101933-1414
22  Indonesia 72245141852-3414
23  Bangladesh 62033141659-4312
24  Myanmar 4122281236-248
25  Jordan 310145823-157
26  Laos 26204819-116
27    Nepal 310127631-255
28  Kyrgyzstan 13102211-93
29  South Yemen 1302145-12
30  Singapore 26024318-152
31  Pakistan 1301226-41
32  Hong Kong 1300306-60
33  Timor-Leste 1300319-80
34  Turkmenistan 13003112-110
35  Afghanistan 13003113-120

Men's U-17 World Cup Qualifiers

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
1985

1987

1989

1991

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2003

2005

2007

2009

2011

2013

2015

2017

2019

2021
Total
 AustraliaOFC memberR2R2R23
 Bahrain4thR12
 China PRQFR1R1R1R1QF6
 India R11
 IranR1R2R2QF4
 IraqR1R22
 JapanQFR1R1R1R1QFR2R2R29
 North KoreaQFR2R1R2R15
 Oman4thQFR13
 QatarR1QF4thR1R1QFR17
 Saudi ArabiaQFR11st3
 South KoreaQFR1R1QFR2QF6
 SyriaR2R12
 TajikistanPart of Soviet UnionR2R12
 ThailandR1R12
 United Arab EmiratesR1R2R13
 UzbekistanPart of Soviet UnionQFR22
 YemenPart of South YemenR11

See also

References

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