Girish Mahajan

2023 AFC Asian Cup

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Host country  Asia
Dates  TBC
2023 AFC Asian Cup
Teams  24 (from 1 confederation)

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). The tournament will involve 24 national teams, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained. Although the official bidding process has not yet begun, China and South Korea have confirmed their interests in potentially staging the tournament. The winner of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup will earn the right to participate in the 2025 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Timor-Leste was 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.

Host selection

The following countries have indicated interest in bidding:

  • South Korea – South Korea expressed their interests on hosting the next tournament. The last time South Korea hosted it was nearly 55 years, at the 1960 AFC Asian Cup which was the second, and the last time South Korea won the tournament.
  • China – In February 2013, China suggested interest in hosting the 2019. Nine cities, Beijing, Dalian, Nanjing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Qingdao, Changsha, Guangzhou and Wuhan, were suggested by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) as potential host cities for the tournament. However, in September 2013, the CFA withdrew its bid to concentrate on player development instead. In late 2015, the CFA confirmed their intention to bid for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. China has previously hosted the Asian Cup in 2004, where they reached the final, but lost 3–1 to neighbours Japan.
  • Indonesia - AFC accepted Indonesia as a candidate on 12 April 2016. Indonesia previously hosted in 2007, along with Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
  • References

    2023 AFC Asian Cup Wikipedia

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