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2016 AFC U-23 Championship

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2016 AFC U-23 Championship
بطولة آسيا تحت 23 سنة لكرة القدم 2016
2016 AFC U-23 Championship logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryQatar
Dates12–30 January 2016
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Japan (1st title)
Runners-up South Korea
Third place Iraq
Fourth place Qatar
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored103 (3.22 per match)
Attendance93,639 (2,926 per match)
Top scorer(s)Qatar Ahmed Alaa
(6 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Shoya Nakajima
Fair play award Japan
2013
2018

The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the 2016 AFC U-23 Asian Cup) was the 2nd edition of the AFC U-23 Championship, the biennial international age-restricted football championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia. The tournament was held in Qatar between 12–30 January 2016.[1][2] A total of 16 teams compete in the tournament. The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".[1]

For the first time, the AFC U-23 Championship acted as the AFC qualifiers for the Olympic football tournament, replacing the previous process of home-and-away Olympic qualifiers. The top three teams of the tournament qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Brazil as the AFC representatives.[3]

Japan won the tournament with a 3–2 final win over South Korea. Both finalists and third-placed Iraq qualified for the Olympics.[4]

Host selection

Qatar was one of the countries which came forward wishing to host the finals competition.[5] They were selected over the other bidding nations Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran.[1]

Qualification

The qualifiers draw was held on Thursday, 4 December 2014.[6] A total of 43 teams were drawn into ten groups, with the ten group winners and the five best runners-up qualifying for the final tournament, together with Qatar who qualified automatically as hosts.[7]

Qualification rounds were played between 23–31 March 2015,[8] except for Group B which was scheduled to be held in Lahore, Pakistan, but was postponed due to the Lahore church bombings.

Qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.[9]

Team Qualified as Appearance Previous best performance
 Qatar Hosts 1st Debut
 Iraq Group A winners 2nd Champions (2013)
 Jordan Group B winners 2nd Third place (2013)
 Saudi Arabia Group C winners 2nd Runners-up (2013)
 United Arab Emirates Group D winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
 Syria Group E winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
 Australia Group F winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
 North Korea Group G winners 2nd Group stage (2013)
 South Korea Group H winners 2nd Fourth place (2013)
 Japan Group I winners 2nd Quarter-finals (2013)
 China PR Group J winners 2nd Group stage (2013)
 Thailand 1st best runners-up (Group G) 1st Debut
 Iran 2nd best runners-up (Group C) 2nd Group stage (2013)
 Vietnam 3rd best runners-up (Group I) 1st Debut
 Yemen 4th best runners-up (Group D) 2nd Group stage (2013)
 Uzbekistan 5th best runners-up (Group E) 2nd Group stage (2013)

Venues

The tournament was hosted in four stadiums, all located in Doha.[10]

Doha
Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
(Lekhwiya Stadium)
Grand Hamad Stadium
(Al-Arabi Stadium)
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 18,000
Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium (1).jpg
Doha-grand-hamad-stadium-90685.jpg
2016 AFC U-23 Championship (Qatar)
Doha
Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
(Al-Sadd Stadium)
Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium
(Qatar SC Stadium)
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000
Jassim bin Hamad.JPG

Draw

The draw for the final tournament was held on 12 September 2015, 12:00 AST (UTC+3), at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams.[10] The teams were seeded according to their performance in the previous edition in 2013.[11]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Qatar (hosts; position A1)
 Iraq
 Saudi Arabia
 Jordan

 South Korea
 Syria
 Australia
 Japan

 United Arab Emirates
 Iran
 North Korea
 Uzbekistan

 China PR
 Yemen
 Thailand
 Vietnam

Match officials

The following referees were chosen for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship.

Referees
Assistant referees

Squads

Players born on or after 1 January 1993 were eligible to compete in the tournament. Each team could register a maximum of 23 players (minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers).[12]

As the tournament was not held during the FIFA International Match Calendar, clubs were not obligated to release the players.[13]

Group stage

The top two teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers would be applied in the following order:[12]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. If, after applying criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
  5. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  6. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  8. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times were local, AST (UTC+3).[14]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Qatar (H) 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 9 Knockout stage
2  Iran 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
3  Syria 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
4  China PR 3 0 0 3 4 9 −5 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Syria 0–2 Iran
Report Motahari Goal 64'
Mi. Mohammadi Goal 72'
Qatar 3–1 China PR
A. Hassan Goal 65'72'
A. Alaa Goal 82'
Report Liao Lisheng Goal 43'

China PR 1–3 Syria
Liao Lisheng Goal 21' Report Kharbin Goal 43' (pen.)53'
Al Baher Goal 83'
Iran 1–2 Qatar
A. Karimi Goal 90+1' Report A. Alaa Goal 35'
A. Hassan Goal 56'

Qatar 4–2 Syria
A. Hassan Goal 10'
A. Alaa Goal 24'82'
A. Ali Goal 28'
Report Kalfa Goal 4'
Kharbin Goal 81' (pen.)
Iran 3–2 China PR
Motahari Goal 38'
Pahlavan Goal 40'
Torabi Goal 48'
Report Chang Feiya Goal 40'
Liao Lisheng Goal 70' (pen.)

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Knockout stage
2  North Korea 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2[a]
3  Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2[a]
4  Thailand 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head: North Korea (0 GD, 5 GF), Saudi Arabia (0 GD, 4 GF), Thailand (0 GD, 3 GF)
Japan 1–0 North Korea
Ueda Goal 5' Report
Saudi Arabia 1–1 Thailand
Al-Saiari Goal 71' Report Pinyo Goal 84'

Thailand 0–4 Japan
Report Suzuki Goal 27'
Yajima Goal 49'
Kubo Goal 75'84' (pen.)
North Korea 3–3 Saudi Arabia
Kim Yong-il Goal 27'
Yun Il-gwang Goal 52'
Jang Kuk-chol Goal 85'
Report Kanno Goal 40'
Al-Muwallad Goal 62'
Al-Ghamdi Goal 69'
Attendance: 1,674
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

Saudi Arabia 1–2 Japan
Madu Goal 57' (pen.) Report Oshima Goal 32'
Ideguchi Goal 53'
North Korea 2–2 Thailand
Kim Yong-il Goal 17'
Thossawat Goal 45' (o.g.)
Report Narubadin Goal 30'
Chanathip Goal 78'

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7 Knockout stage
2  Iraq 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
3  Uzbekistan 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
4  Yemen 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Iraq 2–0 Yemen
Faez Goal 36' (pen.)
Husni Goal 39'
Report
South Korea 2–1 Uzbekistan
Moon Chang-jin Goal 20' (pen.)48' Report Khamdamov Goal 57'

Yemen 0–5 South Korea
Report Kwon Chang-hoon Goal 14'31'41'
Ryu Seung-woo Goal 72'
Kim Seung-jun Goal 76'
Uzbekistan 2–3 Iraq
Khamdamov Goal 1'
Khakimov Goal 79'
Report Attwan Goal 38'
Kamel Goal 43'
Tariq Goal 84'

Iraq 1–1 South Korea
Waleed Goal 90+2' Report Kim Hyun Goal 22'
Attendance: 1,086
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Uzbekistan 3–1 Yemen
Sokhibov Goal 18'
Sergeev Goal 68'
Masharipov Goal 90+3'
Report A. Al-Sarori Goal 82'
Attendance: 227
Referee: Ma Ning (China)

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United Arab Emirates 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Knockout stage
2  Jordan 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
3  Australia 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
4  Vietnam 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Jordan 3–1 Vietnam
Faisal Goal 38'72'
Manasrah Goal 68'
Report Đỗ Duy Mạnh Goal 87'
Attendance: 1,392
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
Australia 0–1 United Arab Emirates
Report Gallifuoco Goal 86' (o.g.)
Attendance: 307
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)

Vietnam 0–2 Australia
Report Donachie Goal 2'
Maclaren Goal 61'
Attendance: 539
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
United Arab Emirates 0–0 Jordan
Report

Jordan 0–0 Australia
Report

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out would be used to decide the winner if necessary.[12]

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
22 January – Doha
 
 
 Qatar (a.e.t.)2
 
26 January – Doha
 
 North Korea1
 
 Qatar1
 
23 January – Doha
 
 South Korea3
 
 South Korea1
 
30 January – Doha
 
 Jordan0
 
 South Korea2
 
22 January – Doha
 
 Japan3
 
 Japan (a.e.t.)3
 
26 January – Doha
 
 Iran0
 
 Japan2
 
23 January – Doha
 
 Iraq1 Third place
 
 United Arab Emirates1
 
29 January – Doha
 
 Iraq (a.e.t.)3
 
 Qatar1
 
 
 Iraq (a.e.t.)2
 

Quarter-finals

Japan 3–0 (a.e.t.) Iran
Toyokawa Goal 95'
Nakajima Goal 108'110'
Report

Qatar 2–1 (a.e.t.) North Korea
A. Afif Goal 6' (pen.)
A. Assad Goal 92'
Report So Kyong-jin Goal 90+1'

South Korea 1–0 Jordan
Moon Chang-jin Goal 23' Report

United Arab Emirates 1–3 (a.e.t.) Iraq
Alaa A. Goal 75' (o.g.) Report Husni Goal 77'
Abdul-Raheem Goal 103'
Attwan Goal 120+3'

Semi-finals

Winners qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Japan 2–1 Iraq
Kubo Goal 26'
Harakawa Goal 90+3'
Report Natiq Goal 43'

Qatar 1–3 South Korea
A. Alaa Goal 79' Report Ryu Seung-woo Goal 48'
Kwon Chang-hoon Goal 89'
Moon Chang-jin Goal 90+5'

Third place play-off

Winner qualified for 2016 Summer Olympics.

Qatar 1–2 (a.e.t.) Iraq
A. Alaa Goal 27' Report Abdul-Raheem Goal 86'
Hussein Goal 109'

Final

South Korea 2–3 Japan
Kwon Chang-hoon Goal 20'
Jin Sung-wook Goal 47'
Report Asano Goal 66'81'
Yajima Goal 68'

Winners

2016 AFC U-23 Championship
Japan
Japan
First title

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

Top Goalscorer[15] Most Valuable Player[16] Fair Play award[16]
Qatar Ahmed Alaa Japan Shoya Nakajima Japan Japan

Statistics

Goalscorers

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
Source: The-AFC.com

Tournament team rankings

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1st, gold medalist(s)  Japan 6 6 0 0 15 4 +11 18 Champions
2nd, silver medalist(s)  South Korea 6 4 1 1 14 6 +8 13 Runners-up
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Iraq 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 13 Third place
4  Qatar (H) 6 4 0 2 13 10 +3 12 Fourth place
5  United Arab Emirates 4 2 1 1 5 5 0 7 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6  Iran 4 2 0 2 6 7 −1 6
7  Jordan 4 1 2 1 3 2 +1 5
8  North Korea 4 0 2 2 6 8 −2 2
9  Australia 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4 Eliminated in
group stage
10  Uzbekistan 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
11  Syria 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
12  Saudi Arabia 3 0 2 1 5 6 −1 2
13  Thailand 3 0 2 1 3 7 −4 2
14  China PR 3 0 0 3 4 9 −5 0
15  Vietnam 3 0 0 3 3 8 −5 0
16  Yemen 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host.

Qualified teams for Olympics

The following three teams from AFC qualified for the Olympic football tournament.

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 Japan 26 January 2016 9 (1936, 1956, 1964, 1968, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 South Korea 26 January 2016 9 (1948, 1964, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Iraq 29 January 2016 4 (1980, 1984, 1988, 2004)
1 Italic indicates host for that year. Statistics include all Olympic format (current Olympic under-23 format started in 1992).

Broadcasting rights

Controversies

Qatar, Syria and Yemen each had at least two players born on 1 January 1993, the cut off date for eligibility in this tournament.[24][25]

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