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AFC U 23 Championship

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Region  Asia (AFC)
Current champions  Japan (1st title)
Number of teams  16
AFC U-23 Championship
Founded  2011; 6 years ago (2011)
Most successful team(s)  Japan  Iraq (1 title each)

The AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the AFC U-23 Asian Cup) is an international football tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). 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.


The tournament is planned to be held every two years. The 2016 tournament doubled as the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, where the top 3 teams qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The 2016 edition took place in January 2016. The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".


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

  • Sixteen teams competed in the final tournament, including the hosts which were automatically qualified.
  • Teams were seeded by the result of 2013 AFC U-22 Championship.
  • The tournament was held in 18 days.
  • Three or four stadiums in at most two cities were needed to host the tournament.
  • The host country will be rotated by regions: the region for the first tournament will be decided by draw.

    In addition, players who participated in a higher age group competition (this tournament and/or AFC U-19 Championship) are ineligible for participating in AFC U-16 Championship.

    Participating countries



    AFC U-23 Championship Wikipedia

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