AFC Asian Cup 2023: Qualified teams, groups, fixtures, results and how it works

  • 2023 AFC Asian Cup gets underway at the beginning of next year in Qatar
  • Qatar are looking to retain their title as Japan aim to nab a fifth Asian Cup trophy
  • All the latest fixtures and results from the 2023 Asian Cup

Qatar were crowned Asian Cup champions
Qatar were crowned Asian Cup champions / Anadolu/GettyImages
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There are myriad international football tournaments to enjoy in 2024.

Not only is there the 2024 European Championship next year but there is also the Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations and next summer's Olympic Games in Paris.

However, despite not having quite as much prestige as some of the upcoming international competitions, the 18th iteration of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup has now commenced.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.


When does the 2023 Asian Cup start and finish?

Despite being called the 2023 Asian Cup, the tournament will actually take place in 2024. This is because it's being hosted by Qatar who were unable to put on the competition last summer due to their participation in the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup and because of the extreme summer temperatures in the country. The 2022 men's World Cup held in the tiny Gulf state infamously underwent the same winter rescheduling.

As a result, the Asian Cup was moved to the beginning of 2024 and will start on 12 January. The tournament will run for approximately a month, coming to an end on 10 February.


Tournament layout of the 2023 Asian Cup

There are 24 teams in the 2023 Asian Cup, resulting in six groups of four. The two teams that finish top of each group will automatically qualify for the knockout stages, with the four best-performing third-placed sides also progressing.

If teams are level on points at the end of the group stage, their progression will be decided on head-to-head record, then by goal difference.

All knockout matches consist of one-legged ties, with the last 16 followed by the quarter-final, semi-final and final.


Qualified teams

Of the nine teams that have won the competition in the past, seven have qualified for the 2023 Asian Cup. Israel won the tournament in 1964 but now compete in UEFA competitions, while 1980 winners Kuwait failed to make it to the finals.

Record four-time winners Japan will be among the favourites for the 2023 Asian Cup, with the likes of South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Australia and current holders Qatar also in the mix for the trophy.


Qualified teams by pot

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

Pot 4

Qatar

Iraq

Bahrain

India

Japan

United Arab Emirates

Syria

Tajikistan

Iran

Oman

Palestine

Thailand

South Korea

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Malaysia

Australia

China

Kyrgyzstan

Hong Kong

Saudi Arabia

Jordan

Lebanon

Indonesia


2023 Asian Cup groups, fixtures & results

Group A

Pos

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal difference

Points

1.

Qatar

3

3

0

0

+5

9

2.

Tajikistan

3

1

1

1

0

4

3.

China

3

0

2

1

-1

2

4.

Lebanon

3

0

1

2

-4

1


Group A fixtures & results

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

12/01/2024 - 16:00

Qatar 3-0 Lebanon

Lusail Stadium, Lusail

13/01/2024 - 14:30

China 0-0 Tajikistan

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

17/01/2024 - 11:30

Lebanon 0-0 China

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

17/01/2024 - 14:30

Tajikistan 0-1 Qatar

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

22/01/2024 - 15:00

Tajikistan 2-1 Lebanon

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan

22/01/2024 - 15:00

Qatar 1-0 China

Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Group B

Pos

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal difference

Points

1.

Australia

3

2

1

0

+3

7

2.

Uzbekistan

3

1

2

0

+3

5

3.

Syria

3

1

1

1

0

4

4.

India

3

0

0

3

-6

0


Group B fixtures & results

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

13/01/2024 - 11:30

Australia 2-0 India

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

13/01/2024 - 17:30

Uzbekistan 0-0 Syria

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan

18/01/2024 - 11:30

Syria 0-1 Australia

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan

18/01/2024 - 14:30

India 0-3 Uzebekistan

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

23/01/2024 - 11:30

Syria 1-0 India

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

23/01/2024 - 11:30

Australia 1-1 Uzbekistan

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah


Group C

Pos

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal difference

Points

1.

Iran

3

3

0

0

+5

9

2.

UAE

3

1

1

1

+1

4

3.

Palestine

3

1

1

1

0

4

4.

Hong Kong

3

0

0

3

-6

0


Group C fixtures & results

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

14/01/2024 - 14:30

UAE 3-1 Hong Kong

Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

14/01/2024 - 17:30

Iran 4-1 Palestine

Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

18/01/2024 - 17:30

Palestine 1-1 UAE

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

19/01/2024 - 17:30

Hong Kong 0-1 Iran

Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

23/01/2024 - 15:00

Hong Kong 0-3 Palestine

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

23/01/2024 - 15:00

Iran 2-1 UAE

Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


Group D

Pos

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal difference

Points

1.

Iraq

3

3

0

0

+4

9

2.

Japan

3

2

0

1

+3

6

3.

Indonesia

3

1

0

2

-3

3

4.

Vietnam

3

0

0

3

-4

0


Group D fixtures & results

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

14/01/2024 - 11:30

Japan 4-2 Vietnam

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

15/01/2024 - 14:30

Indonesia 1-3 Iraq

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

19/01/2024 - 11:30

Iraq 2-1 Japan

Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

19/01/2024 - 14:30

Vietnam 0-1 Indonesia

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

24/01/2024 - 11:30

Japan 3-1 Indonesia

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

24/01/2024 - 11:30

Iraq 3-2 Vietnam

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan


Group E

Pos

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal difference

Points

1.

Bahrain

3

2

0

1

0

6

2.

South Korea

3

1

2

0

+2

5

3.

Jordan

3

1

1

1

+3

4

4.

Malaysia

3

0

1

2

-5

1


Group E fixtures & results

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

15/01/2024 - 11:30

South Korea 3-1 Bahrain

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan

15/01/2024 - 17:30

Malaysia 0-4 Jordan

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

20/01/2024 - 11:30

Jordan 2-2 South Korea

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

20/01/2024 - 14:30

Bahrain 1-0 Malaysia

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan

25/01/2024 - 11:30

South Korea 3-3 Malaysia

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

25/01/2024 - 11:30

Jordan 0-1 Bahrain

Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan


Group F

Pos

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Goal difference

Points

1.

Saudi Arabia

3

2

1

0

+3

7

2.

Thailand

3

1

2

0

+2

5

3.

Oman

3

0

2

1

-1

2

4.

Kyrgyzstan

3

0

1

2

-4

1


Group F fixtures & results

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

16/01/2024 - 14:30

Thailand 2-0 Kyrgyzstan

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

16/01/2024 - 17:30

Saudi Arabia 2-1 Oman

Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

21/01/2024 - 14:30

Oman 0-0 Thailand

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

21/01/2024 - 17:30

Kyrgyzstan 0-2 Saudi Arabia

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

25/01/2024 - 15:00

Kyrgyzstan 1-1 Oman

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha

25/01/2024 - 15:00

Saudi Arabia 0-0 Thailand

Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan


2023 Asian Cup knockout stages

Last 16

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

28/01/2024 - 11:30

Australia 4-0 Indonesia

Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan

28/01/2024 - 16:00

Tajikistan 1-1 (5-3p) UAE

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

29/01/2024 - 11:30

Iraq 2-3 Jordan

Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan

29/01/2024 - 16:00

Qatar 2-1 Palestine

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor

30/01/2024 - 11:30

Uzbekistan 2-1 Thailand

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

30/01/2024 - 16:00

Saudi Arabia 1-1 (2-4p) South Korea

Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

31/01/2024 - 11:30

Bahrain 1-3 Japan

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha

31/01/2024 - 16:00

Iran 1-1 (5-3p) Syria

Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium, Doha


Quarter-finals

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Results

Venue

02/02/2024 - 11:30

Tajikistan 0-1 Jordan

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

02/02/2024 - 15:30

Australia 1-2 South Korea

Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah

03/02/2024 - 11:30

Iran 2-1 Japan

Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan

03/02/2024 - 15:30

Qatar 1-1 (3-2p) Uzbekistan

Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor


Semi-finals

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixtures / results

Venue

06/02/24 - 15:00

Jordan 2-0 South Korea

Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan

07/02/24 - 15:00

Iran 2-3 Qatar

Al Thumama Stadium, Doha


Final

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

Venue

10/02/24

Jordan 1-3 Qatar

Lusail Stadium, Lusail


2023 Asian Cup round dates

Round

Date

Group stage

12/01/24 - 25/01/24

Last 16

28/01/24 - 31/01/24

Quarter-finals

02/02/24 - 03/02/24

Semi-finals

06/02/24 - 07/02/24

Final

10/02/24


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