2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification

The 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification was an international men's under-23 football competition which decided the participating teams of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship.

2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualification
Tournament details
Host countriesKyrgyzstan (Group A)
Saudi Arabia (Group B)
Qatar (Group C)
United Arab Emirates (Group D)
Palestine (Group E)
Myanmar (Group F)
North Korea (Group G)
Thailand (Group H)
Vietnam (Group I)
Cambodia (Group J)
Dates15–23 July 2017[1]
Teams40 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)10 (in 10 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played57
Goals scored205 (3.6 per match)
Attendance277,285 (4,865 per match)
Top scorer(s)Iraq Ayman Hussein (6 goals)
2016
2020

A total of 16 teams qualified to play in the final tournament, including China PR who qualified automatically as hosts.[2]

DrawEdit

Of the 47 AFC member associations, a total of 40 teams entered the competition. The final tournament hosts China PR decided to participate in qualification despite having automatically qualified for the final tournament.[3]

The draw was held on 17 March 2017, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[4] The 40 teams were drawn into ten groups of four teams. For the draw, teams were divided into two zones:

  • West Zone: 20 teams from West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, to be drawn into five groups of four teams (Groups A–E).
  • East Zone: 20 teams from ASEAN and East Asia, to be drawn into five groups of four teams (Groups F–J).

The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship final tournament and qualification. The following restrictions were also applied:[5]

  • The nine teams which indicated their intention to serve as qualification group hosts prior to the draw were drawn into separate groups.
  • As Iran and Saudi Arabia refused to travel to each other's country, they would not be drawn into the same group.
  • As Iran, Syria and Lebanon had indicated they would not travel to Palestine, they would not be drawn into the group hosted by Palestine.
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
West Zone
  1.   Iraq
  2.   Qatar (H)
  3.   United Arab Emirates (H)
  4.   Iran
  5.   Jordan
  1.   Palestine (H)
  2.   Bahrain
  3.   India
  4.   Kyrgyzstan (H)
  5.   Lebanon
  1.   Afghanistan
  2.   Bangladesh
  3.   Sri Lanka (W)
  4.     Nepal
  5.   Turkmenistan (unranked)
East Zone
  1.   China (Q)
  2.   Vietnam (H)
  3.   Indonesia
  4.   Myanmar (H)
  5.   Laos
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
  • (H): Qualification group hosts (* Cambodia chosen as qualification group hosts after the draw)
  • (Q): Final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results
  • (W): Withdrew after draw
Did not enter
West Zone
East Zone

Player eligibilityEdit

Players born on or after 1 January 1995 were eligible to compete in the tournament.[7]

FormatEdit

In each group, teams played each other once at a centralised venue. The ten group winners and the five best runners-up qualified for the final tournament. If the final tournament hosts China PR won their group or were among the five best runners-up, the sixth best runner-up also qualified for the final tournament.[4]

TiebreakersEdit

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 (Regulations Article 9.3):[7]

  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.

GroupsEdit

The matches were played between 15 and 23 July 2017.

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Group D Groups A–C, E–J Groups B–J Group A
Matchday 1 15 July 2017 19 July 2017 1 v 4, 2 v 3 3 v 1
Matchday 2 17 July 2017 21 July 2017 4 v 2, 3 v 1 2 v 3
Matchday 3 19 July 2017 23 July 2017 1 v 2, 3 v 4 1 v 2

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Oman 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 6 Final tournament
2   Iran 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
3   Kyrgyzstan (H) 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5 0
4   Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Kyrgyzstan  1–2  Iran
  • Levchenko   11'
Report

Oman  5–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report

Iran  0–2  Oman
Report

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iraq 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 9 Final tournament
2   Saudi Arabia (H) 3 2 0 1 11 3 +8 6
3   Bahrain 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
4   Afghanistan 3 0 0 3 0 18 −18 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Iraq  8–0  Afghanistan
Report
Saudi Arabia  3–1  Bahrain
Report

Bahrain  1–2  Iraq
Report
Afghanistan  0–8  Saudi Arabia
Report

Bahrain  2–0  Afghanistan
Report
Iraq  2–0  Saudi Arabia
Report

Group CEdit

  • All matches were held in Qatar.
  • Times listed were UTC+3.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Qatar (H) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Final tournament
2   Syria 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3   India 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4   Turkmenistan 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Syria  2–0  India
Report
Qatar  2–0  Turkmenistan
Report

Turkmenistan  0–0  Syria
Report
India  0–1  Qatar
Report

India  3–1  Turkmenistan
Report
Qatar  1–1  Syria
Report

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Uzbekistan 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Final tournament
2   United Arab Emirates (H) 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4 6
3   Lebanon 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4     Nepal 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
United Arab Emirates  5–0    Nepal
Report
Attendance: 5,423
Referee: Jameel Abdulhusin (Bahrain)
Uzbekistan  3–1  Lebanon
Report

Nepal    0–2  Uzbekistan
Report
Lebanon  0–1  United Arab Emirates
Report

United Arab Emirates  0–2  Uzbekistan
Report
Lebanon  2–0    Nepal
Report

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Palestine (H) 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 7 Final tournament
2   Jordan 3 2 0 1 11 3 +8 6
3   Tajikistan 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
4   Bangladesh 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Jordan  7–0  Bangladesh
Report
Tajikistan  2–2  Palestine
Report

Bangladesh  1–3  Tajikistan
Report
Palestine  3–2  Jordan
Report

Jordan  2–0  Tajikistan
Report
Palestine  3–0  Bangladesh
Report

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 3 3 0 0 12 0 +12 9 Final tournament
2   Myanmar (H) 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3   Singapore 3 1 0 2 4 10 −6 3
4   Brunei 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Australia  2–0  Brunei
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Myanmar  2–0  Singapore
Report
Attendance: 13,200

Singapore  0–7  Australia
Report
Attendance: 750
Brunei  0–3  Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 10,260
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)

Singapore  4–1  Brunei
Report
Attendance: 9,270
Australia  3–0  Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 30,000

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   North Korea (H) 3 2 1 0 14 2 +12 7 Final tournament
2   Hong Kong 3 1 2 0 6 2 +4 5
3   Laos 3 1 1 1 4 8 −4 4
4   Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Laos  3–1  Chinese Taipei
Report
North Korea  1–1  Hong Kong
Report

Hong Kong  1–1  Laos
Report
Chinese Taipei  1–7  North Korea
Report

Chinese Taipei  0–4  Hong Kong
Report
North Korea  6–0  Laos
Report
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Wang Di (China)

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Malaysia 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6 Final tournament
2   Thailand (H) 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
3   Indonesia 3 1 1 1 7 3 +4 4
4   Mongolia 3 0 1 2 1 10 −9 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Indonesia  0–3  Malaysia
Report
Thailand  1–1  Mongolia
Report
Attendance: 1,500

Mongolia  0–7  Indonesia
Report
Attendance: 296
Malaysia  0–3  Thailand
Report
Attendance: 3,019
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)

Malaysia  2–0  Mongolia
Report
Thailand  0–0  Indonesia
Report
Attendance: 4,400

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 3 2 1 0 12 1 +11 7 Final tournament
2   Vietnam (H) 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 6
3   Timor-Leste 3 1 1 1 7 5 +2 4
4   Macau 3 0 0 3 2 25 −23 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
South Korea  10–0  Macau
Report
Vietnam  4–0  Timor-Leste
Report

Timor-Leste  0–0  South Korea
Report
Macau  1–8  Vietnam
Report

Timor-Leste  7–1  Macau
Report
South Korea  2–1  Vietnam
Report

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   China[a] 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Final tournament
2   Japan 3 2 0 1 11 2 +9 6
3   Cambodia (H) 3 1 1 1 1 2 −1 4
4   Philippines 3 0 0 3 0 11 −11 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ China PR, as final tournament hosts, are automatically qualified regardless of qualification results.
Japan  8–0  Philippines
Report
China  0–0  Cambodia
Report

Philippines  0–2  China
Report
Attendance: 4,328
Referee: Timur Faizullin (Kyrgyzstan)
Cambodia  0–2  Japan
Report

Japan  1–2  China
Report
Cambodia  1–0  Philippines
Report

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

Due to groups having different number of teams after the withdrawal of Sri Lanka from Group A, the results against the fourth-placed teams in four-team groups were not considered for this ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 H   Thailand 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 Final tournament
2 C   Syria 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
3 I   Vietnam 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 3
4 E   Jordan 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
5 J   Japan 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
6 B   Saudi Arabia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
7 A   Iran 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3[a]
8 F   Myanmar 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3[a]
9 D   United Arab Emirates 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 3
10 G   Hong Kong 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) drawing of lots.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked by disciplinary points (Iran: 0 pts; Myanmar: 6 pts).

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in AFC U-23 Championship1
  China Hosts 25 November 2016[2] 2 (2013, 2016)
  Oman Group A winners 23 July 2017 1 (2013)
  Iraq Group B winners 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Qatar Group C winners 23 July 2017 1 (2016)
  Uzbekistan Group D winners 19 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Palestine Group E winners 23 July 2017 0 (debut)
  Australia Group F winners 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  North Korea Group G winners 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Malaysia Group H winners 23 July 2017 0 (debut)
  South Korea Group I winners 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Thailand 1st best runners-up 23 July 2017 1 (2016)
  Syria 2nd best runners-up 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Vietnam 3rd best runners-up 23 July 2017 1 (2016)
  Jordan 4th best runners-up 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Japan 5th best runners-up 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
  Saudi Arabia 6th best runners-up 23 July 2017 2 (2013, 2016)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

There were 205 goals scored in 57 matches, for an average of 3.6 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The match between Thailand and Mongolia was postponed due to heavy rain from 19:00 to 20:10.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2017 (UPDATED) Updated as of 12 April 2016" (PDF). The-AFC.com. 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "AFC Competitions Committee recommends new AFC Cup format". AFC. 25 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Stage Set For AFC U-23 Championship 2018 Qualifiers Draw". AFC. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "AFC U-23 Championship 2018 hopefuls learn their opponents". AFC. 17 March 2017.
  5. ^ "AFC U-23 CHINA 2018 QUALIFIERS - Official Draw". YouTube. 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ "FIFA Congress drives football forward, first female secretary general appointed". FIFA. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Regulations AFC U-23 Championship 2018" (PDF). AFC.

External linksEdit