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AFC U-23 Championship

The AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the AFC U-23 Asian Cup)[1] is an international football tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The first edition was initially set to be held in 2013 and its qualification matches in 2012, but the finals tournament was postponed to be played in January 2014 due to the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.[2][3]

AFC U-23 Championship
Founded2012 (as AFC U-22 Championship)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams16
Current champions Uzbekistan
(1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iraq
 Japan
 Uzbekistan
(1 title each)
2020 AFC U-23 Championship

The tournament is planned to be held every two years. The 2016 tournament doubled as the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, where the top 3 teams qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2] The 2016 edition took place in January 2016.[4][5] The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".[6]

FormatEdit

The overview of the competition format in the 2016 tournament was as follows:[7]

  • 16 teams competed in the final tournament, including the hosts which were automatically qualified.
  • Teams were seeded by the result of 2013 AFC U-22 Championship.
  • The tournament was held in 18 days.
  • 3 or 4 stadiums in at most 2 cities were needed to host the tournament.

In addition, players would be ineligible for participating in the AFC U-16 Championship if they participated in a higher age group competition (this tournament or the AFC U-19 Championship).[7]

ResultsEdit

Year Hosts Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2013
Details
  Oman  
Iraq
1–0  
Saudi Arabia
 
Jordan
0–0 (a.e.t.)
3–2 (p)
 
South Korea
2016
Details
  Qatar  
Japan
3–2  
South Korea
 
Iraq
2–1 (a.e.t.)  
Qatar
2018
Details
  China  
Uzbekistan
2–1 (a.e.t.)  
Vietnam
 
Qatar
1–0  
South Korea
2020
Details
  Thailand

Teams reaching the top fourEdit

Team Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total (Top 4)
  Iraq 1 (2013) 1 (2016) 2
  Japan 1 (2016) 1
  Uzbekistan 1 (2018) 1
  South Korea 1 (2016) 2 (2013, 2018) 3
  Saudi Arabia 1 (2013) 1
  Vietnam 1 (2018) 1
  Qatar 1 (2018) 1 (2016)* 2
  Jordan 1 (2013) 1

(*) Host

Participating teamsEdit

Teams  
2013
 
2016
 
2018
 
2020
Total
  Australia QF GS GS q 4
  Bahrain q 1
  China PR GS GS GS q 4
  Iran GS QF q 3
  Iraq 1st 3rd QF q 4
  Japan QF 1st QF q 4
  Jordan 3rd QF GS q 4
  Kuwait GS × 1
  Malaysia QF 1
  Myanmar GS 1
  North Korea GS QF GS q 4
  Oman GS GS 2
  Palestine QF 1
  Qatar 4th 3rd q 3
  Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS q 4
  South Korea 4th 2nd 4th q 4
  Syria QF GS GS q 4
  Thailand GS GS q 3
  United Arab Emirates QF QF q 3
  Uzbekistan GS GS 1st q 4
  Vietnam GS 2nd q 3
  Yemen GS GS × 2
Total 16 16 16 16
Legend

All-time resultsEdit

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1   Iraq 3 16 12 3 1 29 13 +16 39
2   South Korea 3 18 10 4 4 32 18 +14 34
3   Japan 3 14 10 2 2 28 14 +14 32
4   Qatar 2 12 9 1 2 26 16 +10 28
5   Uzbekistan 3 12 7 1 4 21 13 +8 22
6   Jordan 3 13 4 6 3 16 11 +5 18
7   Saudi Arabia 3 12 4 4 4 16 16 +0 16
8   Australia 3 10 4 1 5 10 12 -2 13
9   United Arab Emirates 2 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 12
10   Syria 3 7 3 3 4 10 13 -3 12
11   Iran 2 7 3 1 3 12 12 0 10
12   North Korea 3 10 2 4 4 12 14 -2 10
13   Vietnam 2 9 1 3 5 11 17 -6 6
14   Palestine 1 4 1 1 2 8 6 +2 4
15   Malaysia 1 4 1 1 2 4 7 -3 4
16   Oman 2 6 1 0 5 4 8 -4 3
17   China PR 3 9 1 0 8 10 17 -7 3
18   Thailand 2 6 0 2 4 4 14 -10 2
19   Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1
20   Myanmar 1 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12 0
21   Yemen 2 6 0 0 6 2 15 -13 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fifteen sides storm to U-22 finals". Asian Football Confederation. 16 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Call to improve AFC competitions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  4. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-Jan-version)" (PDF). AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29.
  5. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-June/July-version)" (PDF). AFC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29.
  6. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee meeting". the-afc.com. 28 November 2014. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b "AFC announces key competition decisions". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2 August 2011. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2011.

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