2016 AFC U-23 Championship

The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the 2016 AFC U-23 Asian Cup) was the second edition of the AFC U-23 Championship, the biennial international age-restricted football championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia. The tournament was held in Qatar between 12–30 January 2016.[1][2] A total of 16 teams compete in the tournament. The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".[1]

2016 AFC U-23 Championship
بطولة آسيا تحت 23 سنة لكرة القدم 2016
2016 AFC U-23 Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryQatar
Dates12–30 January 2016
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Japan (1st title)
Runners-up South Korea
Third place Iraq
Fourth place Qatar
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored103 (3.22 per match)
Attendance93,639 (2,926 per match)
Top scorer(s)Qatar Ahmed Alaa
(6 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Shoya Nakajima
Fair play award Japan
2013
2018

For the first time, the AFC U-23 Championship acted as the AFC qualifiers for the Olympic football tournament, replacing the previous process of home-and-away Olympic qualifiers. The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil as the AFC representatives.[3]

Japan won the tournament with a 3–2 final win over South Korea. Both finalists and third-placed Iraq qualified for the Olympics.[4]

Host selectionEdit

Qatar was one of the countries which came forward wishing to host the finals competition.[5] They were selected over the other bidding nations Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran.[1]

QualificationEdit

The qualifiers draw was held on Thursday, 4 December 2014.[6] A total of 43 teams were drawn into ten groups, with the ten group winners and the five best runners-up qualifying for the final tournament, together with Qatar who qualified automatically as hosts.[7]

Qualification rounds were played between 23–31 March 2015,[8] except for Group B which was scheduled to be held in Lahore, Pakistan, but was postponed due to the Lahore church bombings.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[9]

Team Qualified as Appearance Previous best performance
  Qatar Hosts 1st Debut
  Iraq Group A winners 2nd Champions (2013)
  Jordan Group B winners 2nd Third place (2013)
  Saudi Arabia Group C winners 2nd Runners-up (2013)
  United Arab Emirates Group D winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
  Syria Group E winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
  Australia Group F winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
  North Korea Group G winners 2nd Group stage (2013)
  South Korea Group H winners 2nd Fourth place (2013)
  Japan Group I winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
  China PR Group J winners 2nd Group stage (2013)
  Thailand 1st best runners-up (Group G) 1st Debut
  Iran 2nd best runners-up (Group C) 2nd Group stage (2013)
  Vietnam 3rd best runners-up (Group I) 1st Debut
  Yemen 4th best runners-up (Group D) 2nd Group stage (2013)
  Uzbekistan 5th best runners-up (Group E) 2nd Group stage (2013)

VenuesEdit

The tournament was hosted in four stadiums, all located in Doha.[10]

Doha
Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
(Lekhwiya Stadium)
Grand Hamad Stadium
(Al-Arabi Stadium)
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 18,000
   
2016 AFC U-23 Championship (Qatar)
Doha
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
(Al-Sadd Stadium)
Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium
(Qatar SC Stadium)
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000
 

DrawEdit

The draw for the final tournament was held on 12 September 2015, 12:00 AST (UTC+3), at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams.[10] The teams were seeded according to their performance in the previous edition in 2013.[11]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  Qatar (hosts; position A1)
  Iraq
  Saudi Arabia
  Jordan

  South Korea
  Syria
  Australia
  Japan

  United Arab Emirates
  Iran
  North Korea
  Uzbekistan

  China PR
  Yemen
  Thailand
  Vietnam

Match officialsEdit

The following referees were chosen for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship.

Referees
Assistant referees

SquadsEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 1993 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team could register a maximum of 23 players (minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers).[12]

As the tournament was not held during the FIFA International Match Calendar, clubs were not obligated to release the players.[13]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[12]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. If, after applying criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
  5. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  6. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  8. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, AST (UTC+3).[14]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Qatar (H) 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 9 Knockout stage
2   Iran 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3   Syria 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
4   China PR 3 0 0 3 4 9 −5 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Syria  0–2  Iran
Report Motahari   64'
Mi. Mohammadi   72'
Qatar  3–1  China PR
A. Hassan   65'72'
A. Alaa   82'
Report Liao Lisheng   43'

China PR  1–3  Syria
Liao Lisheng   21' Report Kharbin   43' (pen.)53'
Al Baher   83'
Iran  1–2  Qatar
A. Karimi   90+1' Report A. Alaa   35'
A. Hassan   56'

Qatar  4–2  Syria
A. Hassan   10'
A. Alaa   24'82'
A. Ali   28'
Report Kalfa   4'
Kharbin   81' (pen.)
Attendance: 9,255
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)
Iran  3–2  China PR
Motahari   38'
Pahlavan   40'
Torabi   48'
Report Chang Feiya   40'
Liao Lisheng   70' (pen.)
Attendance: 802
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Knockout stage
2   North Korea 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2[a]
3   Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2[a]
4   Thailand 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head: North Korea (0 GD, 5 GF), Saudi Arabia (0 GD, 4 GF), Thailand (0 GD, 3 GF)
Japan  1–0  North Korea
Ueda   5' Report
Attendance: 1,531
Saudi Arabia  1–1  Thailand
Al-Saiari   71' Report Pinyo   84'

Thailand  0–4  Japan
Report Suzuki   27'
Yajima   49'
Kubo   75'84' (pen.)
Attendance: 1,674
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
North Korea  3–3  Saudi Arabia
Kim Yong-il   27'
Yun Il-gwang   52'
Jang Kuk-chol   85'
Report Kanno   40'
Al-Muwallad   62'
Al-Ghamdi   69'
Attendance: 1,674
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

Saudi Arabia  1–2  Japan
Madu   57' (pen.) Report Oshima   32'
Ideguchi   53'
North Korea  2–2  Thailand
Kim Yong-il   17'
Thossawat   45' (o.g.)
Report Narubadin   30'
Chanathip   78'

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7 Knockout stage
2   Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
3   Uzbekistan 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
4   Yemen 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iraq  2–0  Yemen
Faez   36' (pen.)
Husni   39'
Report
Attendance: 803
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
South Korea  2–1  Uzbekistan
Moon Chang-jin   20' (pen.)48' Report Khamdamov   57'

Yemen  0–5  South Korea
Report Kwon Chang-hoon   14'31'41'
Ryu Seung-woo   72'
Kim Seung-jun   76'
Attendance: 686
Referee: Dmitriy Mashentsev (Kyrgyzstan)
Uzbekistan  2–3  Iraq
Khamdamov   1'
Khakimov   79'
Report Attwan   38'
Kamel   43'
Tariq   84'

Iraq  1–1  South Korea
Waleed   90+2' Report Kim Hyun   22'
Attendance: 1,086
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Uzbekistan  3–1  Yemen
Sokhibov   18'
Sergeev   68'
Masharipov   90+3'
Report A. Al-Sarori   82'
Attendance: 227
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United Arab Emirates 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Knockout stage
2   Jordan 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3   Australia 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
4   Vietnam 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Jordan  3–1  Vietnam
Faisal   38'72'
Manasrah   68'
Report Đỗ Duy Mạnh   87'
Attendance: 1,392
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Australia  0–1  United Arab Emirates
Report Gallifuoco   86' (o.g.)
Attendance: 307
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)

Vietnam  0–2  Australia
Report Donachie   2'
Maclaren   61'
Attendance: 539
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
United Arab Emirates  0–0  Jordan
Report

Jordan  0–0  Australia
Report
Attendance: 2,338
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
United Arab Emirates  3–2  Vietnam
Phạm Hoàng Lâm   64' (o.g.)
M. Al-Akbari   74'
Al-Attas   78' (pen.)
Report Nguyễn Công Phượng   24' (pen.)
Nguyễn Tuấn Anh   68'

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out would be used to decide the winner if necessary.[12]

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 January – Doha
 
 
  Qatar (a.e.t.)2
 
26 January – Doha
 
  North Korea1
 
  Qatar1
 
23 January – Doha
 
  South Korea3
 
  South Korea1
 
30 January – Doha
 
  Jordan0
 
  South Korea2
 
22 January – Doha
 
  Japan3
 
  Japan (a.e.t.)3
 
26 January – Doha
 
  Iran0
 
  Japan2
 
23 January – Doha
 
  Iraq1 Third place
 
  United Arab Emirates1
 
29 January – Doha
 
  Iraq (a.e.t.)3
 
  Qatar1
 
 
  Iraq (a.e.t.)2
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Japan  3–0 (a.e.t.)  Iran
Toyokawa   95'
Nakajima   108'110'
Report

Qatar  2–1 (a.e.t.)  North Korea
A. Afif   6' (pen.)
A. Assad   92'
Report So Kyong-jin   90+1'
Attendance: 9,702
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

South Korea  1–0  Jordan
Moon Chang-jin   23' Report

United Arab Emirates  1–3 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
Alaa A.   75' (o.g.) Report Husni   77'
Abdul-Raheem   103'
Waleed   120+3'
Attendance: 1,030

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Japan  2–1  Iraq
Kubo   26'
Harakawa   90+3'
Report Saad   43'

Qatar  1–3  South Korea
A. Alaa   79' Report Ryu Seung-woo   48'
Kwon Chang-hoon   89'
Moon Chang-jin   90+5'

Third place play-offEdit

Winner qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Qatar  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Iraq
A. Alaa   27' Report Abdul-Raheem   86'
Ayman   109'
Attendance: 10,049
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

FinalEdit

South Korea  2–3  Japan
Kwon Chang-hoon   20'
Jin Sung-wook   47'
Report Asano   67'81'
Yajima   68'

WinnersEdit

2016 AFC U-23 Championship
 
Japan
First title

AwardsEdit

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

Top Goalscorer[15] Most Valuable Player[16] Fair Play award[16]
  Ahmed Alaa   Shoya Nakajima   Japan

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
Source: The-AFC.com

Tournament team rankingsEdit

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
    Japan 6 6 0 0 15 4 +11 18 Champions
    South Korea 6 4 1 1 14 6 +8 13 Runners-up
    Iraq 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 13 Third place
4   Qatar (H) 6 4 0 2 13 10 +3 12 Fourth place
5   United Arab Emirates 4 2 1 1 5 5 0 7 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6   Iran 4 2 0 2 6 7 −1 6
7   Jordan 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 5
8   North Korea 4 0 2 2 6 8 −2 2
9   Australia 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4 Eliminated in
group stage
10   Uzbekistan 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
11   Syria 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
12   Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2
13   Thailand 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2
14   China PR 3 0 0 3 4 9 −5 0
15   Vietnam 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
16   Yemen 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Qualified teams for OlympicsEdit

The following three teams from AFC qualified for the Olympic football tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
  Japan 26 January 2016 9 (1936, 1956, 1964, 1968, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  South Korea 26 January 2016 9 (1948, 1964, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  Iraq 29 January 2016 4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 2004)
1 Italic indicates host for that year. Statistics include all Olympic format (current Olympic under-23 format started in 1992).

Broadcasting rightsEdit

ControversiesEdit

Qatar, Syria and Yemen each had at least two players born on 1 January 1993, the cut off date for eligibility in this tournament.[24][25]

ReferencesEdit

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