AFC Asian Cup 2023 Host, Schedule, Draw Date, Qualifiers

AFC Asian Cup

The treat for football lovers from Asia, AFC Asia, is going to return with its 18th edition. Therefore fans are getting eager to know various details about the championship. Therefore, in this article, we have clubbed all the data related to AFC Asian Cup 2023 Host, Schedule, Draw Date, and Qualifiers.

AFC Asian Cup 2023

The AFC Asian Cup is going to be the 18th instalment in the International League of Football Championship. The tournament is going to be hosted by  Asian Football Confederation in the Asia-Pacific region. It is going to be held between 24 national times, where Qatar is going to serve as the defending champions. The tournament will have 51 matches and will be played among 24 teams in Qatar. The Asian Cup matches will be held at seven venues in Qatar. The tournament is going to begin on January 12, 2024, and will continue till February 10, 2024.

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The AFC Asian Cup is the primary football association associated with conducting football competitions among the national team of the Asia region. It began conducting the tournament in 1956, and therefore, it is the second-oldest football continental championship league in the world. Every four years, the AFC puts on this football competition. This competition has a large number of teams from Asia and the Pacific region. It is going to be a treat for football lovers to watch their favourite teams compete against each other. In this article, we are going to provide all the details of the AFC Asian Cup 2023. We are sure that this will help the readers to keep their excitement level high.

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AFC Asian Cup Host 2023

The AFC Asian Cup is going to be hosted by Qatar this year. Qatar has hosted the tournament twice in the past, in 1988 and 2011. This year Qatar has gained the chance to host the AFC Asian Cup after the exit of Australia and Indonesia from bidding. Subsequently, Qatar gained hosting rights on October 17, 2022. Eight stadiums across 4 cities in Qatar will host the AFC Asian Cup matches.

  • Al Janoub Stadium
  • Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
  • Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
  • Al Bayt Stadium
  • Education City Stadium
  • Khalifa International Stadium
  • Al Thumama Stadium
  • Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

All these stadiums are located in four cities which are Al Rayyan, Al Khor, Doha, and Al Wakrah. Earlier, China was to hold the AFC tournament, but it was changed due to China’s Zero-COVID policy.

AFC Asian Cup Schedule 2023

Earlier, the matches were supposed to be organised in 2023, but due to the hot climatic conditions of the host nation, the tournament was shifted to January 2024 release. In the table provided below, you can check the complete details of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 schedule. Have a look at the schedule and provide an answer to your curiosity.

Group Date Team 1 Team 2 Timing in IST
Group A 12 -01-24 Qatar Lebanon 10:00 PM
Group B 13 -01-24 Australia India 5:00 PM
Group A 13 -01-24 China Tajikistan 8:00 PM
Group B 13 -01-24 Uzbekistan Syria 11:00 PM
Group D 14 -01-24 Japan Vietnam 5:00 PM
Group C 14 -01-24 UAE Hong Kong 8:00 PM
Group C 14 -01-24 Iran Palestine 11:00 PM
Group E 15 -01-24 South Korea Bahrain 5:00 PM
Group D 15 -01-24 Indonesia Iraq 8:00 PM
Group E 15 -01-24 Malaysia Jordan 11:00 PM
Group F 16 -01-24 Thailand Kyrgyzstan 8:00 PM
Group F 16 -01-24 Saudi Arabia Oman 11:00 PM
Group A 17 -01-24 Lebanon China 5:00 PM
Group A 17 -01-24 Tajikistan Qatar 11:00 PM
Group B 18 -01-24 Syria Australia 5:00 PM
Group B 18 -01-24 India Uzbekistan 8:00 PM
Group C 18 -01-24 Palestine UAE 11:00 PM
Group D 19 -01-24 Iraq Japan 5:00 PM
Group D 19 -01-24 Vietnam Indonesia 8:00 PM
Group C 19 -01-24 Hong Kong Iran 11:00 PM
Group E 20 -01-24 Jordan South Korea 5:00 PM
Group E 20 -01-24 Bahrain Malaysia 8:00 PM
Group F 21 -01-24 Oman Thailand 8:00 PM
Group F 21 -01-24 Kyrgyzstan Saudi Arabia 11:00 PM
Group A 22 -01-24 Qatar China 8:30 PM
Group A 22 -01-24 Tajikistan Lebanon 8:30 PM
Group B 23 -01-24 Australia Uzbekistan 5:00 PM
Group B 23 -01-24 Syria India 5:00 PM
Group C 23 -01-24 Iran UAE 8:30 PM
Group C 23 -01-24 Hong Kong Palestine 8:30 PM
Group D 24 -01-24 Japan Indonesia 5:00 PM
Group D 24 -01-24 Iraq Vietnam 5:00 PM
Group E 25 -01-24 South Korea Malaysia 5:00 PM
Group E 25 -01-24 Jordan Bahrain 5:00 PM
Group F 25 -01-24 Saudi Arabia Thailand 8:30 PM
Group F 25 -01-24 Kyrgyzstan Oman 8:30 PM
Round of 16 28 -01-24 TBD TBD 5:00 PM
Round of 16 28 -01-24 TBD TBD 9:30 PM
Round of 16 29 -01-24 TBD TBD 5:00 PM
Round of 16 29 -01-24 TBD TBD 9:30 PM
Round of 16 30 -01-24 TBD TBD 5:00 PM
Round of 16 30 -01-24 TBD TBD 9:30 PM
Round of 16 31 -01-24 TBD TBD 5:00 PM
Round of 16 31 -01-24 TBD TBD 9:30 PM
Quarter-Final 02 -02-24 TBD TBD 5:00 PM
Quarter-Final 02 -02-24 TBD TBD 9:00 PM
Quarter-Final 03 -02-24 TBD TBD 5:00 PM
Quarter-Final 03 -02-24  TBD TBD 9:00 PM
Semi-Final 06 -02-24  TBD TBD 8:30 PM
Semi-Final 07 -02-24 TBD TBD 8:30 PM
Final 10 -02-24 TBD TBD 8:30 PM

You can check the venue of the matches from the official website of AFC. The authorities have not announced the streaming rights for this championship. But we assure you that we will provide the details on the streaming of the tournament as soon as the authorities declare it. We understand that since the schedule is released, you must be growing impatient for the tournament, but you will have to wait till January 2024.

AFC Asian Cup Draw Date 2023

The Asian Cup Draw was held in Doha at Katara Opera House on May 11, 2023. The 24 qualified teams were consequently divided into Groups A, B, C, D, E and F after the draw.  The group details are listed below:

  • Group A will have Qatar, China, Tajikistan and Lebanon.
  • Group B will have Australia, Uzbekistan, Syria, and India.
  • Group C will consist of IR Iran, UAE, Hong Kong, China, and Palestine.
  • Group D will comprise Japan, Indonesia, Iraq, and Vietnam.
  • Group E will have  Korea, the Republic of Malaysia, Jordan, and  Bahrain.
  • Group F will be formed up of Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kyrgyz Republic, and Oman.

Six teams were assigned to each of the four pots, which the tournament organisers formed. The positions of all other teams were then randomly selected from Pots 4 to 2, while Pot 1 teams were assigned to the first spots in their groups. Six groups were created with the aid of these pots, and each team playing inside a group will face off against another team. The winning teams in this important competition will move on.

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AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2023

There are six groups made up of four teams each, made up of all the competing teams. After some teams are eliminated, the surviving teams play about 15 games total after playing about 36 matches overall. In this section, we will provide the details of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2023, along with their date of qualification.

S.No. Name of the Team Date of Qualification
1   Qatar June 7, 2021
2   Japan May 28, 2021
3   Syria June 7, 2021
4   Australia June 11, 2021
5   South Korea June 9, 2021
6   Iran June 15, 2021
7   Iraq June 15, 2021
8   United Arab Emirates June 15, 2021
9   Lebanon June 15, 2021
10   Vietnam June 15, 2021
11   Oman June 15, 2021
12   Saudi Arabia June 15, 2021
13   China June 15, 2021
14   India June 14, 2022
15   Bahrain June 14, 2022
16   Thailand June 14, 2022
17   Uzbekistan June 14, 2022
18   Hong Kong June 14, 2022
19   Tajikistan June 14, 2022
20   Indonesia June 14, 2022
21   Jordan June 14, 2022
22   Malaysia June 14, 2022
23   Palestine June 14, 2022
24 Kyrgyzstan June 14, 2022

During the third round of qualifiers, which featured Hong Kong, Afghanistan, India and Cambodia. The Indian team led by Igor Stimac’s squad qualified for the 2023 tournament by winning their group.

AFC Asian Cup India Status 2023

India, having qualified successfully for the continental championship by winning its third-round Group, was placed in pot 4 for the draw held in Doha. In the actual event, India will now be in Group B. India will be participating in the AFC Asian Cup event for the fifth time after taking part in it four times previously in 1964, 1984, 2011, and 2019. Although they finished second in the 1964 competition, they were unable to proceed past the group round in the next three iterations.

Tap here to browse the official page of the AFC Asian Championship.

ATRIA University team hopes that India plays well in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 and brings the trophy home. With this hope, we want to take your leave. But you can browse other articles on our home page.

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