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AFC U-23 Championship

AFC U-23 Championship
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Founded2012 (as AFC U-22 Championship)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams16
Current champions South Korea
(1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iraq
 Japan
 South Korea
 Uzbekistan
(1 title each)
2020 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 held every two years. The Olympic year tournaments, such in 2016 and 2020, are doubled as the Olympic's AFC qualifiers, from which the top 3 teams qualified to its football tournament.[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]

Format

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), though in reality it is rarely enforced.[7]

Results

Edition Year Hosts Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1 2013  Oman
Iraq
1–0
Saudi Arabia

Jordan
0–0 (a.e.t.)
3–2 (p)

South Korea
2 2016  Qatar
Japan
3–2
South Korea

Iraq
2–1
(a.e.t.)

Qatar
3 2018  China
Uzbekistan
2–1
(a.e.t.)

Vietnam

Qatar
1–0
South Korea
4 2020  Thailand
South Korea
1–0
(a.e.t.)

Saudi Arabia

Australia
1–0
Uzbekistan
5 2022 TBD

Teams reaching the top four

Team Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total (Top 4)
 South Korea 1 (2020) 1 (2016) 2 (2013, 2018) 4
 Iraq 1 (2013) 1 (2016) 2
 Uzbekistan 1 (2018) 1 (2020) 2
 Japan 1 (2016) 1
 Saudi Arabia 2 (2013, 2020) 2
 Vietnam 1 (2018) 1
 Qatar 1 (2018) 1 (2016)* 2
 Jordan 1 (2013) 1
 Australia 1 (2020) 1

(*) Host

Participating teams

Teams
2013

2016

2018

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

All-time results

Rank Team Part. Pld. W D L GF GA Diff. Pts.
1  South Korea 4 24 16 4 4 40 21 +19 52
2  Iraq 4 19 12 6 1 33 17 +16 42
3  Japan 4 17 10 3 4 31 19 +12 33
4  Qatar 3 15 9 4 2 26 18 +8 31
5  Uzbekistan 4 18 9 2 7 30 19 +11 29
6  Saudi Arabia 4 18 8 5 5 21 18 +3 29
7  Australia 4 16 7 3 6 16 17 –1 24
8  Jordan 4 17 5 8 4 20 15 +5 23
9  United Arab Emirates 3 12 4 5 3 11 13 –2 17
10  Syria 4 14 4 4 6 14 18 –4 16
11  Iran 3 10 4 2 4 15 15 0 14
12  North Korea 4 13 3 4 6 15 19 –4 13
13  Vietnam 3 12 1 5 6 12 19 –7 8
14  Thailand 3 10 1 3 6 11 18 –7 6
15  Palestine 1 4 1 1 2 8 6 +2 4
16  Malaysia 1 4 1 1 2 4 7 –3 4
17  Oman 2 6 1 0 5 4 8 -4 3
18  China PR 4 12 1 0 11 10 21 –11 3
19  Bahrain 1 3 0 2 1 3 8 –5 2
20  Kuwait 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 –3 1
21  Myanmar 1 3 0 0 3 1 13 –12 0
22  Yemen 2 6 0 0 6 2 15 –13 0

See also

References

  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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