|Dates||16 June – 16 July|
|Venue(s)||10 (in 10 host cities)|
The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It will be hosted by China from 16 June to 16 July 2023. The tournament will involve 24 national teams after its expansion of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, including that of the host nation. Qatar are the defending champions.
Main article: 2023 AFC Asian Cup bids
The winning bid was announced on 4 June 2019, on the eve of the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris, France.
Main article: 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualification
The first two rounds of qualification also served as the Asian qualification for the World Cup. Qatar participated in the second round only for qualification to the 2023 Asian Cup, as they qualified automatically for the World Cup as host nation. China participated in the second round only for qualification to the 2022 World Cup, as they qualified automatically for the Asian Cup as host nation.
Timor-Leste were barred from participating in the qualification tournament after being found to have fielded a total of twelve ineligible players in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches, among other competitions. However, as FIFA did not bar them from the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Timor-Leste were still allowed to enter the competition, but were ineligible to qualify for the Asian Cup.
Qualifying began on 6 June 2019 for 23 spots joining the host nation China. The tournament will take place in June and July 2023, moved from the typical January/February scheduling of the AFC Asian Cup due to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which will take place in November and December 2022. North Korea withdrew from the qualifying round due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Japan became the first team to qualify after hosts China, by defeating Myanmar 10–0.
|China PR||Hosts||4 June 2019||13th||2019||Runners-up (1984, 2004)|
|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)|
|United Arab Emirates||Second Round Group G winners||15 June 2021||11th||2019||Runners-up (1996)|
|Saudi Arabia||Second Round Group D winners||15 June 2021||11th||2019||Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)|
|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)|
Twelve host cities were submitted in the bid, including seven new football-specific stadia to be constructed, and renovation works planned for the existing stadia. The new Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai was proposed to host the final and a semi-final, with the a renovated Workers' Stadium in Beijing to host the other semi-final. The new stadia are planned to be completed by the end of 2021, however, the bid included existing backup stadia in each of these cities. On 28 December 2019, the Chinese Football Association announced ten cities to host the tournament. In January 2020, the AFC announced 10 stadiums for this edition.
|New Beijing Workers' Stadium||TEDA Football Stadium||Pudong Football Stadium||Chongqing Longxing Football Stadium|
(to be expanded)
|Capacity: 37,000||Capacity: 60,000|
|Chengdu Fenghuangshan Football Stadium||Xi'an Fengdong XIFC Football Stadium|
|Dalian Barracuda Bay Stadium||Qingdao Youth Football Stadium||Xiamen Egret Stadium||Suzhou Kunshan Football Stadium|