AFC U-23 Asian Cup
AFC U-23 Asian Cup logo.svg
Organising bodyAFC
Founded2012 (as AFC U-22 Championship)
RegionAsia
Number of teams16
Current champions Saudi Arabia
(1st title)
Most successful team(s) Iraq
 Japan
 Saudi Arabia
 South Korea
 Uzbekistan
(1 title each)
2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup

The AFC U-23 Asian Cup, previously the AFC U-22 Championship (in 2013) and AFC U-23 Championship (between 2016 and 2020), is a biennial international football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia. Each even-yeared edition of the tournament is linked to the qualification process for the Olympic Games, such as in 2016 and 2020, from which the top 3 teams qualified.

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.[1][2][3] In 2016 the tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".[4] The tournament was rebranded as the "AFC U-23 Asian Cup" in 2021.[5]

Format

The overview of the competition format in the 2016 tournament was as follows:[6]

In addition, players would be ineligible for participating in the AFC U-17 Asian Cup if they participated in a higher age group competition (this tournament or the AFC U-20 Asian Cup), though in reality it is rarely enforced.[6]

Results

Tournament Names
Edition Year Host Final Third place match
Champions Score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
1 2013  Oman
Iraq
1–0
Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb

Saudi Arabia

Jordan
0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
Al-Seeb Stadium, Seeb

South Korea
2 2016  Qatar
Japan
3–2
Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

South Korea

Iraq
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha

Qatar
3 2018  China
Uzbekistan
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Changzhou Sports Centre, Changzhou

Vietnam

Qatar
1–0
Kunshan Stadium, Kunshan

South Korea
4 2020  Thailand
South Korea
1–0 (a.e.t.)
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok

Saudi Arabia

Australia
1–0
Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok

Uzbekistan
5 2022  Uzbekistan
Saudi Arabia
2–0
Milliy Stadium, Tashkent

Uzbekistan

Japan
3–0
Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent

Australia
6 2024  Qatar TBD TBD TBD TBD

Teams reaching the top four

Team Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total (Top 4)
 Saudi Arabia 1 (2022) 2 (2013, 2020) 3
 South Korea 1 (2020) 1 (2016) 2 (2013, 2018) 4
 Uzbekistan 1 (2018) 1 (2022) 1 (2020) 3
 Iraq 1 (2013) 1 (2016) 2
 Japan 1 (2016) 1 (2022) 2
 Vietnam 1 (2018) 1
 Qatar 1 (2018) 1 (2016) 2
 Australia 1 (2020) 1 (2022) 2
 Jordan 1 (2013) 1

Champions by regions

Regional federation Champion(s) Title(s)
EAFF (East Asia) Japan Japan (1)
South Korea South Korea (1)
2
WAFF (West Asia) Iraq Iraq (1)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (1)
2
CAFA (Central Asia) Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (1) 1
AFF (Southeast Asia) 0
SAFF (South Asia) 0

Participating teams

Teams
2013

2016

2018

2020

2022

2024
Total
 Australia QF GS GS 3rd 4th 5
 Bahrain GS 1
 China GS GS GS GS × 4
 Iran GS QF GS GS 4
 Iraq 1st 3rd QF GS QF 5
 Japan QF 1st QF GS 3rd 5
 Jordan 3rd QF GS QF GS 5
 Kuwait GS × GS 2
 Malaysia QF GS 2
 Myanmar GS 1
 North Korea GS QF GS GS × 4
 Oman GS GS 2
 Palestine QF 1
 Qatar 4th 3rd GS GS q 5
 Saudi Arabia 2nd GS GS 2nd 1st 5
 South Korea 4th 2nd 4th 1st QF 5
 Syria QF GS GS QF 4
 Tajikistan GS 1
 Thailand GS GS QF GS 4
 Turkmenistan QF 1
 United Arab Emirates QF QF QF GS 4
 Uzbekistan GS GS 1st 4th 2nd 5
 Vietnam GS 2nd GS QF 4
 Yemen GS GS × 2
Total 16 16 16 16 16 16
Legend

Awards

Tournament Most Valuable Player Top goalscorer(s) Goals Best goalkeeper Fair play award
Iraq Amjad Kalaf Iran Kaveh Rezaei 5 Not awarded Not awarded
Japan Shoya Nakajima Qatar Ahmed Alaa 6  Japan
Uzbekistan Odiljon Hamrobekov Qatar Almoez Ali  Vietnam
South Korea Won Du-jae Thailand Jaroensak Wonggorn 3 South Korea Song Bum-keun  Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Ayman Yahya South Korea Cho Young-wook Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Aqidi

Winning coaches

Year Team Coach
2013  Iraq Iraq Hakeem Shaker
2016  Japan Japan Makoto Teguramori
2018  Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Ravshan Khaydarov
2020  South Korea South Korea Kim Hak-bum
2022  Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Saad Al-Shehri

All-time results

Rank Team Part Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  South Korea 5 28 18 5 5 46 26 +20 59
2  Iraq 5 23 13 9 1 40 22 +18 48
3  Japan 5 23 14 4 5 42 22 +20 46
4  Saudi Arabia 5 24 13 6 5 34 18 +16 45
5  Uzbekistan 5 24 12 4 8 42 24 +18 40
6  Australia 5 22 10 4 8 21 23 −2 34
7  Qatar 4 18 9 6 3 29 27 +2 33
8  Jordan 5 20 6 9 5 22 17 +5 27
9  United Arab Emirates 4 15 5 5 5 14 17 −3 20
10  Iran 4 13 4 4 5 18 19 –1 16
11  Syria 4 14 4 4 6 14 18 −4 16
12  North Korea 4 13 3 4 6 15 19 −4 13
13  Vietnam 4 16 2 7 7 17 24 −7 13
14  Thailand 4 13 2 4 7 16 21 −5 10
15  Palestine 1 4 1 1 2 8 6 +2 4
16  Turkmenistan 1 4 1 1 2 4 5 −1 4
17  Malaysia 2 7 1 1 5 5 16 −11 4
18  Oman 2 6 1 0 5 4 8 −4 3
19  China 4 12 1 0 11 10 21 −11 3
20  Bahrain 1 3 0 2 1 3 8 −5 2
21  Kuwait 2 6 0 1 5 2 10 −8 1
22  Tajikistan 1 3 0 0 3 0 10 −10 0
23  Myanmar 1 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12 0
24  Yemen 2 6 0 0 6 2 15 −13 0

See also

References

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "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.
  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 Competitions Committee meeting". the-afc.com. 28 November 2014. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  5. ^ "AFC rebrands age group championships to AFC Asian Cups". AFC. 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ 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.