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2019 AFC Asian Cup

2019 AFC Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host country TBA
Teams 24 (from 1 confederation)

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be the 17th edition of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

The number of teams will be increased from 16 to 24 from the 2019 edition.[1]


  • Host selection 1
  • Qualification 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Host selection

The bidding procedure and timeline was approved at the AFC congress on 28 November 2012.[2]


The proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds for FIFA World Cup qualifiers with those for the Asian Cup was ratified by the AFC Competitions Committee.[1]

The qualification structure is as follows:[1]

  • First round: The lowest ranked teams will play home-and-away over two legs to reduce the total number of teams to 40.
  • Second round: The 40 teams will be divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up will advance to the third round of FIFA World Cup qualification as well as qualify for the AFC Asian Cup finals.
  • Third round: The next best 24 teams eliminated from World Cup qualification in the second round will be divided into six groups of four and compete for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup (the third round of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification will be separate from the third round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification).

At a Competition Committee meeting in November 2014, it was decided that a playoff round of qualifying would be introduced into the qualification procedure.[3]

The schedule of the qualification competition is as follows.[4][5][6]

Round Matchday Date
First round First leg TBA
Second leg TBA
Second round Matchday 1 11 June 2015
Matchday 2 16 June 2015
Matchday 3 3 September 2015
Matchday 4 8 September 2015
Matchday 5 8 October 2015
Matchday 6 13 October 2015
Matchday 7 12 November 2015
Matchday 8 17 November 2015
Matchday 9 24 March 2016
Matchday 10 29 March 2016
Round Matchday Date
If 2019 AFC Asian Cup held in January
Third round Matchday 1 11 October 2016
Matchday 2 15 November 2016
Matchday 3 28 March 2017
Matchday 4 13 June 2017
Matchday 5 10 October 2017
Matchday 6 27 March 2018
If 2019 AFC Asian Cup held in June/July
Third round Matchday 1 11 October 2016
Matchday 2 15 November 2016
Matchday 3 13 June 2017
Matchday 4 10 October 2017
Matchday 5 27 March 2018
Matchday 6 16 October 2018

See also


  1. ^ a b c "ExCo approves expanded AFC Asian Cup finals". AFC. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Maldives to host 2014 AFC Challenge Cup". AFC. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee meeting".  
  4. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC. 
  5. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-Jan-version)" (PDF). AFC. 
  6. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016 (AC2019-June/July-version)" (PDF). AFC. 

External links

  • AFC Asian Cup (Official website) (English)
  • AFC Asian Cup,
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