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The 2018 AFC U-16 Championship was the 18th edition of the AFC U-16 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-16 national teams of Asia. It took place in Malaysia, which was appointed as hosts by the AFC on 25 July 2017,[1] between 20 September and 7 October 2018.[2] A total of 16 teams played in the tournament.

2018 AFC U-16 Championship
Kejohanan Remaja B-16 AFC 2018
AFC U16 logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryMalaysia
Dates20 September – 7 October
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Japan (3rd title)
Runners-up Tajikistan
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored97 (3.13 per match)
Attendance62,582 (2,019 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Noah Botic
Japan Shoji Toyama
Malaysia Luqman Hakim
(5 goals each)
Best player(s)Japan Jun Nishikawa
Fair play award Japan
2016
2020

The top four teams of the tournament qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as the AFC representatives. Japan won their third title, and qualified together with runners-up Tajikistan and semi-finalists Australia and South Korea. Iraq were the defending champions but were eliminated in the group stage.

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QualificationEdit

 
  Qualified for 2018 AFC U-16 Championship
  Failed to qualify
  Disqualified or withdrew
  Not an AFC member

Qualifying was played on 16–29 September 2017.[3] Malaysia also participated in the qualifiers, even though they had already qualified automatically as hosts.

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[4]

Team Qualified as Appearance Previous best performance
  Malaysia Hosts 5th Quarter-finals (2014)
  Jordan Group A winners 3rd Quarter-finals (2010)
  Tajikistan Group B winners 3rd Third place (2006)
  Iran Group C winners 11th Champions (2008)
  Iraq Group D winners 10th Champions (2016)
  Yemen Group E winners 5th Runners-up (2002)
  North Korea Group F winners 11th Champions (2010, 2014)
  Indonesia Group G winners 6th Fourth place (1990)
  South Korea Group H winners 14th Champions (1986, 2002)
  Australia Group I winners 6th Semi-finals (2010, 2014)
  Japan Group J winners 15th Champions (1994, 2006)
  India Group D runners-up[note 1] 8th Quarter-finals (2002)
  Oman Group B runners-up[note 1] 10th Champions (1996, 2000)
  Thailand Group G runners-up[note 1] 11th Champions (1998)
  Vietnam Group I runners-up[note 1] 7th Fourth place (2000)
  Afghanistan Group C runners-up[note 1] 1st Debut

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c d e As Malaysia (Group J runners-up) had already automatically qualified for the final tournament as hosts, the five best runners-up (excluding Malaysia) qualified for the final tournament.

VenuesEdit

The matches were played in three venues around Klang Valley. The venues were Bukit Jalil National Stadium, UM Arena Stadium and Petaling Jaya Stadium. The final match was held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.

Kuala Lumpur Petaling Jaya
Bukit Jalil National Stadium UM Arena Stadium Petaling Jaya Stadium
Capacity: 87,411 Capacity: 1,000 Capacity: 25,000
     

DrawEdit

The draw of the final tournament was held on 26 April 2018, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.[5] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams.[6] The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship final tournament and qualification, with the hosts Malaysia automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw.[7]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  1.   Malaysia (hosts)
  2.   Iraq
  3.   Iran
  4.   North Korea

SquadsEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 2002 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team should register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers.[8]

Group stageEdit

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

Tiebreakers

Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:[8]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  8. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, MYT (UTC+8).

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 20–22 September 2018 1 v 4, 2 v 3
Matchday 2 23–25 September 2018 4 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 3 27–28 September 2018[note 1] 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7 Knockout stage
2   Tajikistan 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
3   Thailand 3 1 0 2 7 9 −2 3[a]
4   Malaysia (H) 3 1 0 2 8 8 0 3[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head result: Thailand 4–2 Malaysia.
Malaysia  6–2  Tajikistan
Report
Japan  5–2  Thailand
Report

Thailand  4–2  Malaysia
Report
Tajikistan  0–0  Japan
Report

Malaysia  0–2  Japan
Report
Thailand  1–2  Tajikistan
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   North Korea 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Knockout stage
2   Oman 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
3   Yemen 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
4   Jordan 3 0 2 1 5 9 −4 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Oman  2–0  Yemen
Report
North Korea  2–2  Jordan
Report

Jordan  2–2  Oman
Report
Yemen  0–1  North Korea
Report

North Korea  3–1  Oman
Report
Yemen  5–1  Jordan
Report

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Indonesia 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5 Knockout stage
2   India 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 5
3   Iran 3 1 1 1 5 2 +3 4
4   Vietnam 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iran  0–2  Indonesia
Report
Vietnam  0–1  India
Report

India  0–0  Iran
Report
Indonesia  1–1  Vietnam
Report

Iran  5–0  Vietnam
Report
India  0–0  Indonesia
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 3 3 0 0 12 0 +12 9 Knockout stage
2   Australia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3   Iraq 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
4   Afghanistan 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iraq  2–1  Afghanistan
Report
South Korea  3–0  Australia
Report

Australia  2–1  Iraq
Report
Afghanistan  0–7  South Korea
Report

Iraq  0–2  South Korea
Report
Australia  4–0  Afghanistan
Report

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, penalty shoot-out without extra time was used to decide the winners if necessary.[8]

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
30 September – Bukit Jalil
 
 
  Japan2
 
4 October – Bukit Jalil
 
  Oman1
 
  Japan3
 
1 October – Bukit Jalil
 
  Australia1
 
  Indonesia2
 
7 October – Bukit Jalil
 
  Australia3
 
  Japan1
 
30 September – Petaling Jaya
 
  Tajikistan0
 
  North Korea1 (2)
 
4 October – Petaling Jaya
 
  Tajikistan (p)1 (4)
 
  Tajikistan (p)1 (7)
 
1 October – Petaling Jaya
 
  South Korea1 (6)
 
  South Korea1
 
 
  India0
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

The winners qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Japan  2–1  Oman
Report

North Korea  1–1  Tajikistan
Report
Penalties
2–4

Indonesia  2–3  Australia
Report

South Korea  1–0  India
Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Japan  3–1  Australia
Report

FinalEdit

Japan  1–0  Tajikistan
Report

WinnersEdit

 2018 AFC U-16 Championship 
 
Japan
Third title

AwardsEdit

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

Top Goalscorer[11] Most Valuable Player[11] Fair Play award[11]
  Luqman Hakim[note 3]   Jun Nishikawa   Japan

GoalscorersEdit

Qualified teams for FIFA U-17 World CupEdit

The following four teams from AFC qualified for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA U-17 World Cup 1
  Japan 30 September 2018[12] 8 (1993, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017)
  Tajikistan 30 September 2018[12] 1 (2007)
  Australia 1 October 2018[13] 12 2 (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2015)
  South Korea 1 October 2018[13] 5 (1987, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2015)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.
2 Australia qualified as a member of the OFC for ten tournaments between 1985 and 2005.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Due to weather conditions (heavy rainfall and lightning), both Matchday 3 matches in Group A were postponed from 26 September, 16:30 (and initially pushed to 17:30) to 27 September, 11:00.[9]
  2. ^ a b c The following venue changes were announced by the AFC on 25 September 2018 due to a request by the football associations of Malaysia and Indonesia in order to accommodate the large number of Indonesian fans:[10]
  3. ^ Playing less than the other players scoring 5 goals (with 2 matches), Luqman won the Top Scorer Award

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee's decisions published". AFC. 25 July 2017.
  2. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2018". AFC. 11 January 2018.
  3. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2017" (PDF). AFC. 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Korea Republic seal AFC U-16 Championship 2018 berth". AFC. 29 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Asia's future stars to shine in Malaysia 2018". AFC. 26 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Preview: Stars of tomorrow to know their challengers". AFC. 25 April 2018.
  7. ^ "AFC U-16 Championship 2018 Official Draw". YouTube. 26 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Regulations AFC U-16 Championship 2018". AFC.
  9. ^ "Group A Matchday Three matches cancelled, rescheduled to Thursday". AFC. 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Group C Matchday Three venue change". Asian Football Confederation. 25 September 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "Japan's Nishikawa named MVP". AFC. 7 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Japan, Tajikistan qualify for Peru 2019". FIFA.com. 30 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Australia, Korea Republic seal Peru 2019 spots". FIFA.com. 1 October 2018.

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