2018 AFC U-23 Championship

The 2018 AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the 2018 AFC U-23 Asian Cup) was the third 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. A total of 16 teams competed in the tournament. It took place between 9–27 January 2018,[1] and was hosted by China.[2]

2018 AFC U-23 Championship
2018年亚足联U-23锦标赛
2018 AFC U-23 Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryChina
Dates9–27 January 2018
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Uzbekistan (1st title)
Runners-up Vietnam
Third place Qatar
Fourth place South Korea
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored82 (2.56 per match)
Attendance65,850 (2,058 per match)
Top scorer(s)Qatar Almoez Ali (6 goals)
Best player(s)Uzbekistan Odiljon Hamrobekov
Fair play award Vietnam
2016
2020

Uzbekistan defeated Vietnam in the final to win their first title. Japan were the defending champions, but failed to defend the title after losing to Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals.

Hosts selectionEdit

QualificationEdit

The qualifiers were held from 15 to 23 July 2017.[4] China also participated in the qualifiers, even though they had already qualified automatically as hosts.[2]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[5]

Team Qualified as Appearance Previous best performance
  China PR Hosts 3rd Group stage (2013, 2016)
  Oman Group A winners 2nd Group stage (2013)
  Iraq Group B winners 3rd Champions (2013)
  Qatar Group C winners 2nd Fourth place (2016)
  Uzbekistan Group D winners 3rd Group stage (2013, 2016)
  Palestine Group E winners 1st Debut
  Australia Group F winners 3rd Quarter-finals (2013)
  North Korea Group G winners 3rd Quarter-finals (2016)
  Malaysia Group H winners 1st Debut
  South Korea Group I winners 3rd Runners-up (2016)
  Thailand Group H runners-up[note 1] 2nd Group stage (2016)
  Syria Group C runners-up[note 1] 3rd Quarter-finals (2013)
  Vietnam Group I runners-up[note 1] 2nd Group stage (2016)
  Jordan Group E runners-up[note 1] 3rd Third place (2013)
  Japan Group J runners-up[note 1] 3rd Champions (2016)
  Saudi Arabia Group B runners-up[note 1] 3rd Runners-up (2013)

Notes:

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

VenuesEdit

The competition was played in four venues in four cities, all in the province of Jiangsu.[6]

Changzhou Kunshan
Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre Kunshan Stadium
Capacity: 38,000 Capacity: 25,000
Jiangyin Changshu
Jiangyin Stadium Changshu Stadium
Capacity: 32,000 Capacity: 35,000

DrawEdit

The draw of the final tournament was held on 24 October 2017, 16:00 CST (UTC+8), at the Traders Fudu Hotel in Changzhou.[7] 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-23 Championship final tournament and qualification, with the hosts China automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw.[8]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  1.   China PR (hosts)
  2.   Japan
  3.   South Korea
  4.   Iraq

Match officialsEdit

The following referees were chosen for the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship. Additional assistant referees were used in this tournament.[9]

Referees
Assistant referees
  •   Matthew Cream
  •   Ebrahim Saleh
  •   Yaser Tulefat
  •   Cao Yi
  •   Huo Weiming
  •   Mohammadreza Mansouri
  •   Reza Sokhandan
  •   Yagi Akane
  •   Toru Sagara
  •   Ahmad Al-Roalle
  •   Yoon Kwang-yeol
  •   Sergei Grishchenko
  •   Mohd Yusri Mohamad
  •   Abu Bakar Al-Amri
  •   Saud Al-Maqaleh
  •   Taleb Al-Marri
  •   Mohammed Al-Abakry
  •   Abdullah Al-Shalawi
  •   Ronnie Koh Min Kiat
  •   Palitha Hemathunga
  •   Mohamed Al-Hammadi
  •   Hasan Al-Mahri
  •   Abdukhamidullo Rasulov
  •   Jakhongir Saidov
Support referees
Support assistant referees
  •   Ahmad Ali
  •   Nguyễn Trung Hậu

SquadsEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 1995 are eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team must register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers (Regulations Articles 24.1 and 24.2).[10]

Group stageEdit

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

Tiebreakers

Teams are 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 are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 9.3):[10]

  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, CST (UTC+8).

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 9–11 January 2018 1 v 4, 2 v 3
Matchday 2 12–14 January 2018 4 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 3 15–17 January 2018 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Qatar 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Knockout stage
2   Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6
3   China PR (H) 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
4   Oman 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
China PR  3–0  Oman
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Qatar  1–0  Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan  1–0  China PR
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Oman  0–1  Qatar
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China PR  1–2  Qatar
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Uzbekistan  1–0  Oman
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Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 Knockout stage
2   Palestine 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 4
3   North Korea 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4   Thailand 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
North Korea  1–0  Thailand
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Japan  1–0  Palestine
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Attendance: 360
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Palestine  1–1  North Korea
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Thailand  0–1  Japan
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Attendance: 1,080

Japan  3–1  North Korea
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Thailand  1–5  Palestine
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Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iraq 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Knockout stage
2   Malaysia 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4
3   Jordan 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
4   Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iraq  4–1  Malaysia
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Jordan  2–2  Saudi Arabia
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Attendance: 240
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)

Malaysia  1–1  Jordan
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Saudi Arabia  0–0  Iraq
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Attendance: 1,010
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Iraq  1–0  Jordan
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Saudi Arabia  0–1  Malaysia
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Attendance: 482
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7 Knockout stage
2   Vietnam 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3   Australia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
4   Syria 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Australia  3–1  Syria
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Attendance: 1,528
South Korea  2–1  Vietnam
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Vietnam  1–0  Australia
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Syria  0–0  South Korea
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South Korea  3–2  Australia
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Syria  0–0  Vietnam
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Attendance: 400
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (Oman)

Knockout stageEdit

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Articles 12.1 and 12.2).[10]

BracketEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
19 January – Changzhou
 
 
  Qatar3
 
23 January – Changzhou
 
  Palestine2
 
  Qatar2 (3)
 
20 January – Changshu
 
  Vietnam (p)2 (4)
 
  Iraq3 (3)
 
27 January – Changzhou
 
  Vietnam (p)3 (5)
 
  Vietnam1
 
19 January – Jiangyin
 
  Uzbekistan (a.e.t.)2
 
  Japan0
 
23 January – Kunshan
 
  Uzbekistan4
 
  Uzbekistan (a.e.t.)4
 
20 January – Kunshan
 
  South Korea1 Third place match
 
  South Korea2
 
26 January – Kunshan
 
  Malaysia1
 
  Qatar1
 
 
  South Korea0
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Japan  0–4  Uzbekistan
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Attendance: 380
Referee: Fu Ming (China)

Qatar  3–2  Palestine
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South Korea  2–1  Malaysia
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Attendance: 738

Semi-finalsEdit


Uzbekistan  4–1 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
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Third place matchEdit

Qatar  1–0  South Korea
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Attendance: 168

FinalEdit

This was the first time ever that Vietnam and Uzbekistan met together in final. For Vietnam, this was their first appearance in an AFC final at any level.

Vietnam  1–2 (a.e.t.)  Uzbekistan
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WinnersEdit

2018 AFC U-23 Championship
 
Uzbekistan
First title

AwardsEdit

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

Top Goalscorer[11] Most Valuable Player[12] Fair Play award[13]
  Almoez Ali   Odiljon Hamrobekov   Vietnam

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

There were 82 goals scored in 32 matches, for an average of 2.56 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

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
1   Uzbekistan 6 5 0 1 12 3 +9 15 Champions
2   Vietnam 6 1 3 2 8 9 −1 6 Runners-up
3   Qatar 6 5 1 0 10 5 +5 16 Third place
4   South Korea 6 3 1 2 8 9 −1 10 Fourth place
5   Japan 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6   Iraq 4 2 2 0 8 4 +4 8
7   Palestine 4 1 1 2 8 6 +2 4
8   Malaysia 4 1 1 2 4 7 −3 4
9   North Korea 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4 Eliminated in
group stage
10   China PR (H) 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
11   Australia 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
12   Jordan 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
13   Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
14   Syria 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
15   Oman 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
16   Thailand 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Broadcasting rightsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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