AFC U-23 Championship

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AFC U-23 Championship
Founded 2011
Region Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 16
Current champions  Japan (1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Japan
 Iraq (1 title each)
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 2016 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 2013 AFC U-22 Championship.
  • The tournament will be held in 18 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
Saudi Arabia

on penalties

South Korea
South Korea

2–1 aet

Teams reaching the top four

Team Champions Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
 Iraq 1 (2013) 1 (2016)
 Japan 1 (2016)
 South Korea 1 (2016) 1 (2013)
 Saudi Arabia 1 (2013)
 Jordan 1 (2013)
 Qatar 1 (2016)

Participating countries


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

See also


  1. "Fifteen sides storm to U-22 finals". Asian Football Confederation. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Call to improve AFC competitions". Asian Football Confederation. July 27, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Competitions Committee takes key decisions". Asian Football Confederation. March 22, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-Jan-version)" (PDF). AFC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-June/July-version)" (PDF). AFC.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "AFC Competitions Committee meeting". 28 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "AFC announces key competition decisions". Asian Football Confederation. August 2, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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