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. 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".
|بطولة آسيا تحت 23 سنة لكرة القدم 2016|
|Dates||12–30 January 2016|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Japan (1st title)|
|Goals scored||103 (3.22 per match)|
|Attendance||93,639 (2,926 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ahmed Alaa|
|Best player(s)||Shoya Nakajima|
|Fair play award||Japan|
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.
The qualifiers draw was held on Thursday, 4 December 2014. 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.
The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.
|Team||Qualified as||Appearance||Previous best performance|
|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)|
|Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
|Grand Hamad Stadium|
|Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 18,000|
2016 AFC U-23 Championship (Qatar)
|Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
|Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium|
(Qatar SC Stadium)
|Capacity: 15,000||Capacity: 15,000|
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. The teams were seeded according to their performance in the previous edition in 2013.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The following referees were chosen for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship.
- Assistant referees
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).
The top two teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals.
- Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- 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;
- Goal difference in all the group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
- Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
- 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);
- Drawing of lots.
|1||Qatar (H)||3||3||0||0||9||4||+5||9||Knockout stage|
Mi. Mohammadi 72'
|A. Hassan 65', 72'
A. Alaa 82'
|Report||Liao Lisheng 43'|
|Liao Lisheng 21'||Report||Kharbin 43' (pen.), 53'
Al Baher 83'
|A. Karimi 90+1'||Report||A. Alaa 35'
A. Hassan 56'
|A. Hassan 10'
A. Alaa 24', 82'
A. Ali 28'
Kharbin 81' (pen.)
|Report||Chang Feiya 40'
Liao Lisheng 70' (pen.)
- Head-to-head: North Korea (0 GD, 5 GF), Saudi Arabia (0 GD, 4 GF), Thailand (0 GD, 3 GF)
|Al-Saiari 71'||Report||Pinyo 84'|
Kubo 75', 84' (pen.)
|North Korea||3–3||Saudi Arabia|
|Kim Yong-il 27'
Yun Il-gwang 52'
Jang Kuk-chol 85'
|Madu 57' (pen.)||Report||Oshima 32'
|Kim Yong-il 17'
Thossawat 45' (o.g.)
|1||South Korea||3||2||1||0||8||2||+6||7||Knockout stage|
|Faez 36' (pen.)
|Moon Chang-jin 20' (pen.), 48'||Report||Khamdamov 57'|
|Report||Kwon Chang-hoon 14', 31', 41'
Ryu Seung-woo 72'
Kim Seung-jun 76'
|Waleed 90+2'||Report||Kim Hyun 22'|
|Report||A. Al-Sarori 82'|
|1||United Arab Emirates||3||2||1||0||4||2||+2||7||Knockout stage|
|Faisal 38', 72'
|Report||Đỗ Duy Mạnh 87'|
|Australia||0–1||United Arab Emirates|
|Report||Gallifuoco 86' (o.g.)|
|United Arab Emirates||0–0||Jordan|
|22 January – Doha|
|26 January – Doha|
|23 January – Doha|
|30 January – Doha|
|22 January – Doha|
|26 January – Doha|
|23 January – Doha|
|United Arab Emirates||1|
|29 January – Doha|
Nakajima 108', 110'
|Qatar||2–1 (a.e.t.)||North Korea|
|A. Afif 6' (pen.)
A. Assad 92'
|Report||So Kyong-jin 90+1'|
|Moon Chang-jin 23'||Report|
|United Arab Emirates||1–3 (a.e.t.)||Iraq|
|Alaa A. 75' (o.g.)||Report||Husni 77'
Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.
|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.
|A. Alaa 27'||Report||Abdul-Raheem 86'
|2016 AFC U-23 Championship|
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:
|Top Goalscorer||Most Valuable Player||Fair Play award|
|Ahmed Alaa||Shoya Nakajima||Japan|
- 6 goals
- 5 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- James Donachie
- Jamie Maclaren
- Chang Feiya
- Ali Karimi
- Milad Mohammadi
- Ehsan Pahlavan
- Mehdi Torabi
- Amjad Waleed
- Ali Faez Atia
- Ayman Hussein
- Mahdi Kamel
- Humam Tariq
- Saad Natiq
- Riki Harakawa
- Yōsuke Ideguchi
- Ryota Oshima
- Musashi Suzuki
- Yuta Toyokawa
- Naomichi Ueda
- Omar Manasrah
- Jang Kuk-chol
- So Kyong-jin
- Yun Il-gwang
- Kim Hyun
- Kim Seung-jun
- Jin Seong-uk
- Akram Afif
- Almoez Ali
- Ali Assad
- Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi
- Fahad Al-Muwallad
- Mohammed Al-Saiari
- Mohamed Kanno
- Abdullah Madu
- Yousef Kalfa
- Mahmoud Al Baher
- Pinyo Inpinit
- Narubadin Weerawatnodom
- Chanathip Songkrasin
- Mohamed Al-Akbari
- Ahmed Al Attas
- Timur Khakimov
- Jaloliddin Masharipov
- Igor Sergeev
- Javokhir Sokhibov
- Đỗ Duy Mạnh
- Nguyễn Công Phượng
- Nguyễn Tuấn Anh
- Ahmed Al-Sarori
- 1 own goal
Tournament team rankingsEdit
|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|
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).
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