2023 AFC Asian Cup

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It will be held in Qatar for the third time, after the 1988 and 2011 editions. The tournament will involve 24 national teams after expansion in 2019.[1] Hosts Qatar are the defending champions.

2023 AFC Asian Cup
كأس آسيا 2023
Tournament details
Host countryQatar
DatesTBA
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
2019
2027

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in China from 16 June to 16 July 2023.[2] However, on 14 May 2022, the AFC announced that China would not host the tournament due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and China's Zero-COVID policy.[3] On 17 October, the AFC announced that the tournament will be held in Qatar.[4]

Host selectionEdit

China was announced as the winning bid on 4 June 2019, on the eve of the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris, France.[5] However, due to China's relinquishment of its hosting rights,[6][7] the AFC conducted a second round of bidding, with a deadline for submissions scheduled on 17 October 2022.[8]

Four nations had submitted bids: Australia, Indonesia, Qatar and South Korea,[9] but Australia subsequently withdrew in September 2022[10] and Indonesia on 15 October.[11] On 17 October, the AFC announced that Qatar won the bid and will host the tournament.[4]

TeamsEdit

 
  Qualified for Asian Cup
  Failed to qualify
  Disqualified or withdrew
  Not an AFC member

The first two rounds of qualification also served as the Asian qualification for the World Cup. Qatar participated only in the second round solely for qualification for the 2023 Asian Cup.[12] They had qualified automatically for the World Cup as host nation. China too participated only in the second round. They had initially qualified automatically for the Asian Cup as host nation.[a]

Timor-Leste were barred from participating in the qualification tournament. The team was found to have fielded a total of twelve ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches, among other competitions.[13] However, as FIFA did not bar them from the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Timor-Leste were still allowed to enter the competition, but were ineligible to qualify for the Asian Cup.[14]

Qualifying began on 6 June 2019 for 23 spots joining the then-chosen host nation China.[a] The tournament will take place in June and July 2023, moved from the typical January/February scheduling of the AFC Asian Cup. This is due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar taking place in November and December 2022. North Korea withdrew from the qualifying round due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15]

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearances
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
  Qatar Second Round Group E winners/hosts 7 June 2021 11th 2019 Winners (2019)
  Japan Second Round Group F winners 28 May 2021 10th 2019 Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
  Syria Second Round Group A winners 7 June 2021 7th 2019 Group stage (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011, 2019)
  South Korea Second Round Group H winners 9 June 2021 15th 2019 Winners (1956, 1960)
  Australia Second Round Group B winners 11 June 2021 5th 2019 Winners (2015)
  Iran Second Round Group C winners 15 June 2021 15th 2019 Winners (1968, 1972, 1976)
  Saudi Arabia Second Round Group D winners 15 June 2021 11th 2019 Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)
  United Arab Emirates Second Round Group G winners 15 June 2021 11th 2019 Runners-up (1996)
  China Second Round Group A runners-up 15 June 2021 13th 2019 Runners-up (1984, 2004)
  Iraq Second Round Group C runners-up 15 June 2021 10th 2019 Winners (2007)
  Oman Second Round Group E runners-up 15 June 2021 5th 2019 Round of 16 (2019)
  Vietnam Second Round Group G runners-up 15 June 2021 5th 2019 Fourth place (1956,[b] 1960[b])
  Lebanon Second Round Group H runners-up 15 June 2021 3rd 2019 Group stage (2000, 2019)
  Palestine Third Round Group B winners 14 June 2022 3rd 2019 Group stage (2015, 2019)
  Uzbekistan Third Round Group C winners 14 June 2022 8th 2019 Fourth place (2011)
  Thailand Third Round Group C runners-up 14 June 2022 8th 2019 Third place (1972)
  India Third Round Group D winners 14 June 2022 5th 2019 Runners-up (1964)
  Hong Kong Third Round Group D runners-up 14 June 2022 4th 1968 Third place (1956)
  Tajikistan Third Round Group F winners 14 June 2022 1st Debut None
  Kyrgyzstan Third Round Group F runners-up 14 June 2022 2nd 2019 Round of 16 (2019)
  Bahrain Third Round Group E winners 14 June 2022 7th 2019 Fourth place (2004)
  Malaysia Third Round Group E runners-up 14 June 2022 4th 2007 Group stage (1976, 1980, 2007)
  Jordan Third Round Group A winners 14 June 2022 5th 2019 Quarter-finals (2004, 2011)
  Indonesia Third Round Group A runners-up 14 June 2022 5th 2007 Group stage (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007)

DrawEdit

As of FIFA men's ranking 6 October 2022
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  Qatar (50) (hosts)
  Iran (20)
  Japan (24)
  South Korea (28)
  Australia (38)
  Saudi Arabia (51)

  Iraq (68)
  United Arab Emirates (70)
  Oman (75)
  China (79)
  Syria (90)
  Vietnam (96)

  Lebanon (99)
  Uzbekistan (77)
  Jordan (84)
  Bahrain (85)
  Palestine (94)
  Kyrgyzstan (95)

  India (106)
  Tajikistan (108)
  Thailand (111)
  Hong Kong (145)
  Malaysia (146)
  Indonesia (152)

Group stageEdit

All times are local, AST (UTC+3).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Qatar (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Knockout stage
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Knockout stage
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Knockout stage
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Knockout stage
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Knockout stage
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible Knockout stage
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

The four best third-placed teams from the six groups advance to the knockout stage along with the six group winners and six runners-up.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place Group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B Third place Group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place Group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place Group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place Group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place Group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on TBD. Source:[citation needed]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b China were initially due to host the competition; however, due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they would not be able to host the tournament.
  2. ^ a b As   South Vietnam
  3. ^ Qatar, who finished first in their group in the second round, did not participate in the third round as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. They are allocated in Pot 1 per their FIFA ranking. Lebanon, the worst-ranked team in Pot 2, is moved down to Pot 3.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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