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2023 AFC Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates 16 June – 16 July
Teams 24
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 played in 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.

Host selection

The winning bid was announced on 4 June 2019, on the eve of the 69th FIFA Congress in Paris, France.


2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying map
     Qualified for Asian Cup     Failed to qualify     Disqualified or withdrew     Not an AFC member

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, as well as in 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 not allowed 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. DPR Korea withdrew from the qualifying round due to fears related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Japan became the first team to qualify after hosts China, by defeating Myanmar 10-0.

Qualified teams

Team Method of
Date of
Previous best
 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 (6 times)
 Qatar Second Round Group E winners 7 June 2021 11th 2019 Winners (2019)
 Korea Republic 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 (19561, 19601)
 Lebanon Second Round Group H runners-up 15 June 2021 3rd 2019 Group stage (2000, 2019)
1 As  South Vietnam, in 4-team competitions.


Twelve host cities were submitted in the bid, including seven new football-specific stadia to be built, 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.

Beijing Tianjin Shanghai Chongqing
New Beijing Workers' Stadium TEDA Football Stadium Pudong Football Stadium Chongqing Longxing Football Stadium
Capacity: 70,161
(under construction)
Capacity: 36,390
(to be expanded)
Capacity: 37,000 Capacity: 60,000
(under construction)
Tianjin TEDA Soccer Stadium.jpg
Chengdu Xi'an
Chengdu Fenghuangshan Football Stadium Xi'an Fengdong XIFC Football Stadium
Capacity: 57,087
(under construction)
Capacity: 59,000
(under construction)
Dalian Qingdao Xiamen Suzhou
Dalian Barracuda Bay Stadium Qingdao Youth Football Stadium Xiamen Egret Stadium Suzhou Kunshan Football Stadium
Capacity: 63,000
(under construction)
Capacity: 52,800
(under construction)
Capacity: 60,041
(under construction)
Capacity: 45,000
(under construction)
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