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AFC U-23 Championship

AFC U-23 Championship
Founded 2011
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 16
Current champions Template:Country data Iraq (1st title)
Most successful team(s) Template:Country data Iraq (1 title)
33px 2016 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]

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


The overview of the competition format in the 2013 tournament is as follows:[7]

  • Sixteen teams will compete in the final tournament, including the hosts which will be automatically qualified.
  • Teams are seeded by the result of 2010 AFC U-19 Championship.
  • The tournament will be held in 16 days.
  • Three or four stadiums in at most two cities will be needed to host the tournament.

The host country will be rotated by regions: the region for the first tournament will be decided by draw.[7]

In addition, players participated in a higher age group competition (this tournament and/or AFC U-19 Championship) are to be ineligible for participating in AFC U-16 Championship.[7]


Year Host Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-Up Third Place Score Fourth Place
23x15px Oman Template:Country data IRQ 1–0 30x27px
Saudi Arabia
Template:Country data JOR 0–0
on penalties
Template:Country data KOR
23x15px Qatar

Teams reaching the top four

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
Template:Country data IRQ 1 (2013)
23x15px Saudi Arabia 1 (2013)
Template:Country data JOR 1 (2013)
Template:Country data KOR 1 (2013)

Participating Countries

Teams 23x15px
20px Australia QF q
20px China PR GS q
Template:Country data IRQ 1st q
Template:Country data IRN GS q
Template:Country data JPN QF q
Template:Country data JOR 3rd q
  1. REDIRECT Template:Country data Kuwait
20px Myanmar GS
Template:Country data PRK GS q
20px Oman GS
20px Qatar q
20px Saudi Arabia 2nd q
Template:Country data KOR 4th q
20px Syria QF q
20px Thailand q
20px United Arab Emirates QF q
20px Uzbekistan GS q
20px Vietnam q
20px Yemen GS q
Total 16 16

See also


  1. ^ "Fifteen sides storm to U-22 finals". Asian Football Confederation. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Call to improve AFC competitions". Asian Football Confederation. July 27, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". Asian Football Confederation. March 22, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-Jan-version)" (PDF). AFC. 
  5. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-June/July-version)" (PDF). AFC. 
  6. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee meeting". 28 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "AFC announces key competition decisions". Asian Football Confederation. August 2, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 

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