EAFF E-1 Football Championship

EAFF E-1 Football Championship, known as the East Asian Football Championship from 2003 to 2010, and the EAFF East Asian Cup for the 2013 and 2015 editions, is a men's international football competition in East Asia for member nations of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF). Before the EAFF was founded in 2002, the Dynasty Cup was held between the East Asian top four teams, and was regarded as the unofficial East Asian Championship. There is a separate competition for men (first held in 2003) and women (first held in 2005).

EAFF E-1 Football Championship
Founded2003 (2003)
RegionEast Asia (EAFF)
Number of teamsPreliminary: 10
Finals: 4
Current champions South Korea (4th title)
Most successful team(s) South Korea (4 titles)
2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship

The winner of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship qualifies for the AFF–EAFF Champions Trophy.

The next edition will be held in 2019 in South Korea.[1]


The Dynasty Cup is a defunct international association football competition that is regarded as the predecessor to East Asian Football Championship. It was held four times from 1990 to 1998. The purpose of the competition was to improve the quality of football in the East Asia and the national teams in the area participated in the tournament. After the East Asian Football Federation was formed in 2002, the East Asian Football Championship replaced this tournament.

In the tournament China, South Korea and Japan have the right to automatically enter the competition, while other participants have to go through a qualifying round. Other participants that take part are Taiwan, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hong Kong, Mongolia, and Macau. Australia, being a non-member, was invited to take part in the 2013 tournament.[2]

In 2005 there was also a combined points competition in 2005, where the results of the men's and women's teams were added together (not including qualifiers).

In April 2012, the competition was renamed to the "EAFF East Asian Cup".[3] In December 2015, the new competition name "EAFF East Asian Championship" was approved,[4] but later changed to "EAFF E-1 Football Championship".[5]


Year Hosts Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
EAFF East Asian Football Championship
2003  Japan
South Korea


China PR

Hong Kong
2005  South Korea
China PR


North Korea

South Korea
2008  China
South Korea


China PR

North Korea
2010  Japan
China PR

South Korea


Hong Kong
EAFF East Asian Cup
2013  South Korea

China PR

South Korea

2015  China
South Korea

China PR

North Korea

EAFF E-1 Football Championship
2017  Japan
South Korea


China PR

North Korea
2019  South Korea

Tournament winners

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total Top Four
 South Korea 4 (2003, 2008, 2015, 2017) 1 (2010) 1 (2013) 1 (2005) 7
 China PR 2 (2005, 2010) 2 (2013, 2015) 3 (2003, 2008, 2017)   7
 Japan 1 (2013) 4 (2003, 2005, 2008, 2017) 1 (2010) 1 (2015) 7
 North Korea     2 (2005, 2015) 2 (2008, 2017) 4
 Hong Kong       2 (2003, 2010) 2
 Australia       1 (2013) 1

General statistics

Final Round

As 2017

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Japan 72198428–23+535
2  South Korea 721810329–17+1234
3  China PR 72178632–26+629
4  North Korea 4122467–13–610
5  Australia 130125–7–21
6  Hong Kong 260062–17–150

Preliminary round (2003–2017)

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  North Korea 6201730858+7754
2  Hong Kong 72415369718+7948
3  Chinese Taipei 727114126550+1537
4  Guam 732742133160–12725
5  Macau 6186483338–522
6  Mongolia 61963102848–2021
7  Australia 14310191+1810
8  Northern Mariana Islands 51310121161–503


Most valuable players

Year Player
2003 Yoo Sang-chul
2005 Ji Mingyi
2008 Kim Nam-il
2010 Du Wei
2013 Hotaru Yamaguchi
2015 Jang Hyun-soo
2017 Lee Jae-sung

Top scorers

Year Player Goals
2003 Tatsuhiko Kubo 2
2005 No Award
2008 Yeom Ki-hun
Park Chu-young
Koji Yamase
Jong Tae-se
2010 Qu Bo
Lee Dong-gook
Lee Seung-ryul
Keiji Tamada
2013 Yoichiro Kakitani 3
2015 Yuki Muto 2
2017 Kim Shin-wook 3

Comprehensive team results by tournaments

Numbers refer to the final placing of each team at the respective Games.

 China PR3131223Q8
 South Korea1412311Q8
 North Korea34344
 Hong Kong44Q3
Total nations44444444

See also


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