2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification was the qualification process organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to determine the participating teams for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, the 18th edition of the international men's football championship of Asia. Since 2019, the Asian Cup final tournament is contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015.[1][2]

2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers
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Tournament details
Dates6 June 2019 – 14 June 2022
Teams46[note 1] (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played208
Goals scored665 (3.2 per match)
Attendance2,080,030 (10,000 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Emirates Ali Mabkhout (11 goals)
2019
2027

The qualification process involved four rounds, where the first two rounds doubled as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification for Asian teams. Only the first round acted as qualifiers for the cancelled 2020 AFC Solidarity Cup as the six teams which were eliminated from the first round of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualifiers. The two teams that were eliminated from the play-off round of the Asian Cup qualifiers were among the four teams that would have qualified for the Solidarity Cup.[3]

FormatEdit

The qualification structure is as follows:[4]

  • First round: 12 teams (ranked 35–46) played home-and-away over two legs. The six winners advanced to the second round.
  • Second round: 40 teams (ranked 1–34 and six first round winners) were divided into eight groups of five teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches.
    • The eight group winners and the five best group runners-up, including former host China, qualified for the AFC Asian Cup.
    • The next 22 highest ranked teams (the remaining three group runners-up, the eight third-placed teams, the eight fourth-placed teams and the three best groups fifth-placed teams) advanced directly to the third round of Asian Cup qualification.
    • The remaining 4 teams entered the play-off round to contest the remaining two spots in the third round of Asian Cup qualification.
  • Play-off round: There was one round of home-and-away two-legged play-off matches that determined the final two qualifiers for the third round.
  • Third round: The 24 teams will be divided into six groups of four to play single round-robin matches in six centralised venues,[5] and they will compete for the remaining slots of the Asian Cup.

EntrantsEdit

The 46 FIFA-affiliated nations from the AFC entered qualification, with the April 2019 FIFA Men's World Rankings used to determine which nations would compete in the first round and which nations would receive a bye through to the second round. For seeding in the second round and third round draws, the most recent FIFA Rankings prior to those draws have been expected to be used.

Due to the joint format of the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, both Qatar (as the host nation of the 2022 World Cup) and China PR (as the former host nation of the 2023 Asian Cup) entered the second round of Asian Cup qualifiers.[6]

The following restrictions were applied:

  • Northern Mariana Islands, which is not a FIFA member, could not enter.
  • Timor-Leste was barred from participating in the Asian Cup qualification after being found to have fielded a total of 12 ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches, among other competitions.[7] However, as FIFA did not bar Timor-Leste from the World Cup qualifiers, the country was allowed to enter the competition, but was ineligible to qualify for the Asian Cup.
From the April 2019 FIFA World Rankings[8]
Bye to the second round
(Ranked 1st to 34th)
Competing in first round
(Ranked 35th to 46th)
  1.   Iran (21)
  2.   Japan (26)
  3.   South Korea (37)
  4.   Australia (41)
  5.   Qatar (55)
  6.   United Arab Emirates (67)
  7.   Saudi Arabia (72)
  8.   China (74)
  9.   Iraq (76)
  10.   Syria (83)
  11.   Uzbekistan (85)
  12.   Lebanon (86)
  13.   Oman (86)
  14.   Kyrgyzstan (95)
  15.   Jordan (97)
  16.   Vietnam (98)
  17.   Palestine (99)
  18.   India (101)
  19.   Bahrain (111)
  20.   Thailand (114)
  21.   Tajikistan (120)
  22.   North Korea (121)
  23.   Philippines (124)
  24.   Chinese Taipei (125)
  25.   Turkmenistan (136)
  26.   Myanmar (140)
  27.   Hong Kong (141)
  28.   Yemen (146)
  29.   Afghanistan (149)
  30.   Maldives (151)
  31.   Kuwait (156)
  32.   Indonesia (159)
  33.   Singapore (160)
  34.     Nepal (161)
  1.   Malaysia (168)
  2.   Cambodia (173)
  3.   Macau (183)
  4.   Laos (184)
  5.   Bhutan (186)
  6.   Mongolia (187)
  7.   Bangladesh (188)
  8.   Guam (193)
  9.   Brunei (194)
  10.   Timor-Leste (195)
  11.   Pakistan (200)
  12.   Sri Lanka (202)

ScheduleEdit

The schedule of the competition is expected to be as follows in the tables below.[9][10][11][12]

On 9 March 2020, FIFA and AFC announced that the second round matches on matchdays 7–10 due to take place in March and June 2020 were postponed to later dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the new dates to be confirmed. However, subject to approval by FIFA and AFC, and agreement of both member associations, the matches may be played as scheduled provided that the safety of all individuals involved meets the required standards.[13] On 5 June, AFC confirmed that matchdays 7 and 8 were scheduled to take place on 8 and 13 October respectively while matchdays 9 and 10 were also scheduled to kick off on 12 and 17 November.[14] On 12 August, AFC announced that the upcoming qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup, originally scheduled to take place during the international match windows in October and November 2020, were rescheduled to 2021.[15][16]

On 11 November 2020, the AFC Competitions Committee agreed at its meeting that all remaining second round matches were to be completed by 15 June 2021 with matchdays 7 and 8 in March, and matchdays 9 and 10 in June.[17] However, on the same day, FIFA, along with the Bangladeshi and Qatari member associations, gave approval to the only second round match originally scheduled for 2020, Qatar v. Bangladesh, which was played on 4 December.[18]

On 19 February 2021, FIFA and AFC postponed the majority of the upcoming matches to June.[19] On 20 October, the AFC reported that the third round will begin in June 2022 with the final round draw to be held earlier in February.[20][21]

Round Matchday Date(s)
First round First leg 6 June 2019
Second leg 11 June 2019
Second round Matchday 1 5 September 2019
Matchday 2 10 September 2019
Matchday 3 10 October 2019
Matchday 4 15 October 2019
Matchday 5 14 November 2019
Matchday 6 19 November 2019
Matchday 7 25 March, 28 May and 3 June 2021
Matchday 8 4 December 2020, 30 March and 7 & 9 June 2021
Matchday 9 30 March, 30 May and 11 June 2021
Matchday 10 13 and 15 June 2021
Round Matchday Date
Play-off round First leg 7 and 9 October 2021
Second leg 11 and 12 October 2021
Third round Matchday 1 8 June 2022
Matchday 2 11 June 2022
Matchday 3 14 June 2022
Original qualifying schedule
Stage Matchday Date
Second round Matchday 7 26 March 2020, later 8 October
Matchday 8 31 March 2020, later 13 October
Matchday 9 4 June 2020, later 12 November, then 7 June 2021
Matchday 10 9 June 2020, later 17 November
Play-off round Round 1 first leg 3 September 2020
Round 1 second leg 8 September 2020
Round 2 first leg 13 October 2020
Round 2 second leg 17 November 2020
Third round Matchday 1 30 March 2021, later 11 November
Matchday 2 8 June 2021, later 16 November
Matchday 3 7 September 2021, later 1 February 2022
Matchday 4 12 October 2021. later 24 March 2022
Matchday 5 16 November 2021, later 29 March 2022
Matchday 6 29 March 2022, later 14 June

First roundEdit

The draw for the first round took place on 17 April 2019 at 11:00 MST (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[22]

The six teams eliminated from this round progressed to the cancelled 2020 AFC Solidarity Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Mongolia   3–2   Brunei 2–0 1–2
Macau   1–3   Sri Lanka 1–0 0–3 (awd.)[note 2]
Laos   0–1   Bangladesh 0–1 0–0
Malaysia   12–2   Timor-Leste 7–1 5–1
Cambodia   4–1   Pakistan 2–0 2–1
Bhutan   1–5   Guam 1–0 0–5

Second roundEdit

The draw for the second round was held on 17 July 2019 at 17:00 MST (UTC+8), at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[25]

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Syria 8 7 0 1 22 7 +15 21 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–0
2   China 8 6 1 1 30 3 +27 19 Third round[a] 3–1 2–0 5–0 7–0
3   Philippines 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 11 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–5 0–0 1–1 3–0
4   Maldives 8 2 1 5 7 20 −13 7 0–4 0–5 1–2 3–1
5   Guam 8 0 0 8 2 32 −30 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–3 0–7 1–4 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ China PR qualified for the Asian Cup as the host nation. They withdrew their hosting right in May 2022.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Australia 8 8 0 0 28 2 +26 24 Third round and Asian Cup 3–0 1–0 5–0 5–1
2   Kuwait 8 4 2 2 19 7 +12 14 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 0–0 7–0 9–0
3   Jordan 8 4 2 2 13 3 +10 14 0–1 0–0 3–0 5–0
4     Nepal 8 2 0 6 4 22 −18 6 0–3 0–1 0–3 2–0
5   Chinese Taipei 8 0 0 8 4 34 −30 0 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 1–7 1–2 1–2 0–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Iran 8 6 0 2 34 4 +30 18 Third round and Asian Cup 1–0 3–0 3–1 14–0
2   Iraq 8 5 2 1 14 4 +10 17 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–1
3   Bahrain 8 4 3 1 15 4 +11 15 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–0 1–1 4–0 8–0
4   Hong Kong 8 1 2 5 4 13 −9 5 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–0
5   Cambodia 8 0 1 7 2 44 −42 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–10 0–4 0–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Saudi Arabia 8 6 2 0 22 4 +18 20 Third round and Asian Cup 3–0 5–0 3–0 3–0
2   Uzbekistan 8 5 0 3 18 9 +9 15 Asian Cup qualifying third round 2–3 2–0 5–0 5–0
3   Palestine 8 3 1 4 10 10 0 10 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–0
4   Singapore 8 2 1 5 7 22 −15 7 0–3 1–3 2–1 2–2
5   Yemen 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–2
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Qatar 8 7 1 0 18 1 +17 22 Asian Cup[a] 2–1 0–0 6–0 5–0
2   Oman 8 6 0 2 16 6 +10 18 Third round and Asian Cup 0–1 1–0 3–0 4–1
3   India 8 1 4 3 6 7 −1 7 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
4   Afghanistan 8 1 3 4 5 15 −10 6 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0
5   Bangladesh 8 0 2 6 3 19 −16 2 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Qatar already qualified for the World Cup as the host nation.

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Japan 8 8 0 0 46 2 +44 24 Third round and Asian Cup 4–1 5–1 6–0 10–0
2   Tajikistan 8 4 1 3 14 12 +2 13 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–3 1–0 3–0 4–0
3   Kyrgyzstan 8 3 1 4 19 12 +7 10 0–2 1–1 0–1 7–0
4   Mongolia 8 2 0 6 3 27 −24 6 0–14 0–1 1–2 1–0
5   Myanmar 8 2 0 6 6 35 −29 6 0–2 4–3 1–8 1–0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   United Arab Emirates 8 6 0 2 23 7 +16 18 Third round and Asian Cup 3–2 4–0 3–1 5–0
2   Vietnam 8 5 2 1 13 5 +8 17 1–0 1–0 0–0 4–0
3   Malaysia 8 4 0 4 10 12 −2 12 Asian Cup qualifying third round 1–2 1–2 2–1 2–0
4   Thailand 8 2 3 3 9 9 0 9 2–1 0–0 0–1 2–2
5   Indonesia 8 0 1 7 5 27 −22 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round 0–5 1–3 2–3 0–3
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group HEdit

North Korea withdrew from the qualifying round due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore the results of their matches were excluded from the group standings.[26][27]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   South Korea 6 5 1 0 22 1 +21 16 Third round and Asian Cup 2–1 5–0 8–0 Canc.
2   Lebanon 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 0–0 2–1 3–2 0–0
3   Turkmenistan 6 3 0 3 8 11 −3 9 Asian Cup qualifying third round 0–2 3–2 2–0 3–1
4   Sri Lanka 6 0 0 6 2 23 −21 0 0–5 0–3 0–2 0–1
5   North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew 0–0 2–0 Canc. Canc.
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Ranking of runner-up teamsEdit

Group H contained only four teams compared to five teams in all other groups after North Korea withdrew from the competition. Therefore, the results against the fifth-placed team were not counted when determining the ranking of the runner-up teams.[28]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A   China 6 4 1 1 16 3 +13 13 Third round[a]
2 E   Oman 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12 Third round and Asian Cup
3 C   Iraq 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11
4 G   Vietnam 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11
5 H   Lebanon 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10
6 F   Tajikistan 6 3 1 2 7 8 −1 10 Asian Cup qualifying third round
7 D   Uzbekistan 6 3 0 3 12 9 +3 9
8 B   Kuwait 6 2 2 2 8 6 +2 8
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ China PR already qualified for the Asian Cup as host nation. They withdrew their hosting right in May 2022.

Ranking of fifth-placed teamsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F   Myanmar 8 2 0 6 6 35 −29 6 Asian Cup qualifying third round
2 D   Yemen 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5
3 E   Bangladesh 8 0 2 6 3 19 −16 2
4 G   Indonesia 8 0 1 7 5 27 −22 1 Asian Cup qualifying play-off round
5 C   Cambodia 8 0 1 7 2 44 −42 1
6 B   Chinese Taipei 8 0 0 8 4 34 −30 0
7 A   Guam 8 0 0 8 2 32 −30 0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Play-off roundEdit

Four teams competed in a single round for two slots to the Third Round. It was planned to have a total of eight slots for the third round be available from this round (four from round 1, four from round 2) and the four teams that were to be eliminated from this stage would have progressed to the later cancelled 2020 AFC Solidarity Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guam   1–3   Cambodia 0–1 1–2
Indonesia   5–1   Chinese Taipei 2–1 3–0

Third roundEdit

A total of 24 teams competed in the third round of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Since the then-2023 hosts China advanced to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round, the automatic slot for the hosts was no longer necessary, and a total of 11 slots for the Asian Cup were available from this round.

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Jordan 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9 2023 AFC Asian Cup 3–0 2–0
2   Indonesia 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7 6 0–1 7–0
3   Kuwait (H) 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3 1–2
4     Nepal 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12 0 1–4
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Palestine 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 2023 AFC Asian Cup 4–0 1–0
2   Philippines 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4 0–0
3   Mongolia (H) 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3 0–1
4   Yemen 3 0 1 2 0 7 −7 1 0–5 0–2
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Uzbekistan (H) 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9 2023 AFC Asian Cup 2–0 3–0
2   Thailand 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 3–0
3   Maldives 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 3 0–4 1–0
4   Sri Lanka 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0 0–2
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   India (H) 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9 2023 AFC Asian Cup 4–0 2–0
2   Hong Kong 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6 2–1
3   Afghanistan 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1 1–2 2–2
4   Cambodia 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1 0–3
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Bahrain 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9 2023 AFC Asian Cup 1–0 2–0
2   Malaysia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6 1–2 4–1
3   Turkmenistan 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3 1–3
4   Bangladesh 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0 1–2
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Tajikistan 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 7 2023 AFC Asian Cup 4–0
2   Kyrgyzstan (H) 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 0–0 2–1
3   Singapore 3 1 0 2 7 5 +2 3 0–1
4   Myanmar 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10 0 0–2 2–6
Source: AFC
(H) Host

Ranking of runner-up teamsEdit

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F   Kyrgyzstan 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 2023 AFC Asian Cup
2 A   Indonesia 3 2 0 1 9 2 +7 6
3 E   Malaysia 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6
4 C   Thailand 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
5 D   Hong Kong 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
6 B   Philippines 3 1 1 1 1 4 −3 4
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Qualified teamsEdit

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

The following 24 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearances
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
  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)
  Qatar Second Round Group E winners 7 June 2021 11th 2019 Winners (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[a], 1960[a])
  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)
Notes

Top goalscorersEdit

There were 665 goals scored in 208 matches, for an average of 3.2 goals per match.

11 goals

10 goals

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

Below is full goalscorers lists for all rounds:

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ North Korea withdrew after five matches. China PR participated to reach the World Cup.
  2. ^ The match was awarded as a 3–0 victory to Sri Lanka,[23] after Macau did not send their team for the match due to safety reasons following the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings.[24]

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