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]

AFC U-23 Championship
Founded2012 (as AFC U-22 Championship)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams16
Current champions Uzbekistan
(1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iraq
 Japan
 Uzbekistan
(1 title each)
2020 AFC U-23 Championship

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

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

  • 16 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.
  • 3 or 4 stadiums in at most 2 cities were needed to host the tournament.

In addition, players would be ineligible for participating in the AFC U-16 Championship if they participated in a higher age group competition (this tournament or the AFC U-19 Championship).[7]

Results

Year Hosts Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2013
Details
 Oman
Iraq
1–0
Saudi Arabia

Jordan
0–0 (a.e.t.)
3–2 (p)

South Korea
2016
Details
 Qatar
Japan
3–2
South Korea

Iraq
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Qatar
2018
Details
 China
Uzbekistan
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Vietnam

Qatar
1–0
South Korea
2020
Details
 Thailand

Teams reaching the top four

Team Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total (Top 4)
 Iraq 1 (2013) 1 (2016) 2
 Japan 1 (2016) 1
 Uzbekistan 1 (2018) 1
 South Korea 1 (2016) 2 (2013, 2018) 3
 Saudi Arabia 1 (2013) 1
 Vietnam 1 (2018) 1
 Qatar 1 (2018) 1 (2016)* 2
 Jordan 1 (2013) 1

(*) Host

Participating teams

Teams
2013

2016

2018

2020
Total
 Australia QFGSGSq 4
 Bahrain q 1
 China PR GSGSGSq 4
 Iran GSQFq 3
 Iraq 1st3rdQFq 4
 Japan QF1stQFq 4
 Jordan 3rdQFGSq 4
 Kuwait GS× 1
 Malaysia QF 1
 Myanmar GS 1
 North Korea GSQFGSq 4
 Oman GSGS 2
 Palestine QF 1
 Qatar 4th3rdq 3
 Saudi Arabia 2ndGSGSq 4
 South Korea 4th2nd4thq 4
 Syria QFGSGSq 4
 Thailand GSGSq 3
 United Arab Emirates QFQFq 3
 Uzbekistan GSGS1stq 4
 Vietnam GS2ndq 3
 Yemen GSGS× 2
Total16161616
Legend

All-time results

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Iraq 31612312913+1639
2  South Korea 31810443218+1434
3  Japan 31410222814+1432
4  Qatar 2129122616+1028
5  Uzbekistan 3127142113+822
6  Jordan 3134631611+518
7  Saudi Arabia 3124441616+016
8  Australia 3104151012-213
9  United Arab Emirates 2833277012
10  Syria 373341013-312
11  Iran 273131212010
12  North Korea 3102441214-210
13  Vietnam 291351117-66
14  Palestine 1411286+24
15  Malaysia 1411247-34
16  Oman 2610548-43
17  China PR 391081017-73
18  Thailand 26024414-102
19  Kuwait 1301214-31
20  Myanmar 13003113-120
21  Yemen 26006215-130

See also

References

  1. "Fifteen sides storm to U-22 finals". Asian Football Confederation. 16 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  2. "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. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  7. "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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