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 hosted by China. The tournament will involve 24 national teams after its expansion of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained. Qatar are the defending champions.
|Teams||24 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||12 (in 12 host cities)|
The AFC obliged Qatar, the defending champions and 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts, to participate in the qualifying stage for a spot in the 2023 Asian Cup. The stage will also partially act as the Asian qualification for the World Cup, in which Qatar have already qualified automatically. China, which have automatically qualified for the 2023 Asian Cup, will also participate in the qualifiers in order to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Timor-Leste were barred from participating in the qualification tournament after being found to have fielded a total of twelve ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches, among other competitions. 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.
Qualifying began on 6 June 2019 for 23 spots joining the host nation China.
|China PR||Hosts||4 June 2019||13th||2019||Runners-up (1984, 2004)|
Twelve host cities were submitted in the bid, including seven new football-specific stadia to be constructed, and renovation works planned for the existing stadia. The new Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai was proposed to host the final and a semi-final, with the Beijing National Stadium (the "Bird's Nest") to host the other semi-final. The new stadia are planned to be completed by the end of 2021, however, the bid included existing backup stadia in each of these cities.
|Pudong Football Stadium
|Beijing National Stadium||Helong Sports Center Stadium||Fenghuangshan Sports Center|
|Capacity: 33,765||Capacity: 91,000||Capacity: 55,000||Capacity: TBA|
|Chongqing Liangjiang Football Match Centre Stadium
|Dalian Professional Football Stadium|
|Capacity: TBA||Capacity: TBA|
|Tianhe Stadium||Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium|
|Capacity: 54,856||Capacity: 80,000|
|Kunshan Sports Centre
|Tianjin Olympic Center||Wuhan Tazi Lake Football Stadium
|Shaanxi Province Stadium|
|Capacity: TBA||Capacity: 54,696||Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: TBA|
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