Asian Cup 2023: Fixtures, results, schedule, group tables, bracket for Qatar 2024 AFC tournament

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup kicked off in Qatar on January 12 with the hosts aiming to retain the title they won in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

The tournament will feature the majority of the same stadiums as used in Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but they will be looking to perform better on the continental stage after bowing out at the group stages of that FIFA tournament.

Traditional AFC Asian Cup superpower Japan are expected to be a major force in 2024, alongside former winners South Korea and Australia. With stars such as Son Heung-min and Wataru Endo on show, there is sure to be plenty of interest.

The Sporting News has the full details on the 2023 AFC Asian Cup including the format of the tournament, the fixture schedule, group standings, and all the important dates until the final in February.

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2023 AFC Asian Cup format

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup features 24 teams for the second successive tournament after opting for an expansion from 16 ahead of the 2019 edition.

The teams are split into six groups of four (A-F) with the top two teams from each mini league automatically qualifying for the Round of 16 knockout stage.

As that process only confirms 12 spots, the remaining four knockout places will be given to the best third-placed teams, as decided by the below tiebreaker criteria.

  • Total points over three group games
  • Group-stage goal difference
  • Group-stage goals scored
  • Lowest disciplinary points total
  • Drawing of lots

From the Round of 16 onwards, all matches are single-elimination knockout, with 30 minutes of extra time and penalties a possibility if scores are tied after 90 minutes of regulation.

The quarterfinals will be followed by two semifinals and a final, but there will be no third-place playoff.

2023 AFC Asian Cup fixtures, schedule, results, standings

The group stages were confirmed in May 2023 with hosts Qatar already pre-selected in Group A. The path through the knockout stages to the final is already confirmed and detailed below.

Results and table will be updated after each matchday from January 12.

Group A

Team GP Win Draw Loss GD Points
Qatar 3 3 0 0 +5 9
Tajikistan 3 1 1 1 0 4
China 3 0 2 1 -1 2
Lebanon 3 0 1 2 -4 1
Date Match
Jan. 12 Qatar 3-0 Lebanon
Jan. 13 China 0-0 Tajikistan
Jan. 17 Lebanon 0-0 China
Jan. 17 Tajikistan 0-1 Qatar
Jan. 22 Qatar 1-0 China
Jan. 22 Tajikistan 2-1 Lebanon

Group B

Team GP Win Draw Loss GD Points
Australia 3 2 1 0 +3 7
Uzbekistan 3 1 2 0 +3 5
Syria 3 1 1 1 0 4
India 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Date Match
Jan. 13 Australia 2-0 India
Jan. 13 Uzbekistan 0-0 Syria
Jan. 18 Syria 0-1 Australia
Jan. 18 India 0-3 Uzbekistan
Jan. 23 Australia 1-1 Uzbekistan
Jan. 23 Syria 1-0 India

Group C

Team GP Win Draw Loss GD Points
Iran 3 3 0 0 +5 9
UAE 3 1 1 1 +1 4
Palestine 3 1 1 1 0 4
Hong Kong 3 0 0 3 -6 0
Date Match
Jan. 14 UAE 3-1 Hong Kong
Jan. 14 Iran 4-1 Palestine
Jan. 18 Palestine 1-1 UAE
Jan. 19 Hong Kong 0-1 Iran
Jan. 23 Iran 2-1 UAE
Jan. 23 Hong Kong 0-3 Palestine

Group D

Team GP Win Draw Loss GD Points
Iraq 2 2 0 0 +3 6
Japan 2 1 0 1 +1 3
Indonesia 2 1 0 1 -1 3
Vietnam 2 0 0 2 -3 0
Date Match
Jan.14 Japan 4-2 Vietnam
Jan. 15 Indonesia 1-3 Iraq
Jan. 19 Iraq 2-1 Japan
Jan. 19 Vietnam 0-1 Indonesia
Jan. 24 Japan vs. Indonesia
Jan 24 Iraq vs. Vietnam

Group E

Team GP Win Draw Loss GD Points
Jordan 2 1 1 0 +4 4
South Korea 2 1 1 0 +2 4
Bahrain 2 1 0 1 -1 3
Malaysia 2 0 0 2 -5 0
Date Match
Jan 15 South Korea 3-1 Bahrain
Jan 15 Malaysia 0-4 Jordan
Jan 20 Jordan 2-2 South Korea
Jan 20 Bahrain 1-0 Malaysia
Jan 25 South Korea vs. Malaysia
Jan 25 Jordan vs. Bahrain

Group F

Team GP Win Draw Loss GD Points
Saudi Arabia 2 2 0 0 +3 6
Thailand 2 1 1 0 +2 4
Oman 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Kyrgyzstan 2 0 0 2 -4 0
Date Match
Jan 16 Thailand 2-0 Kyrgyzstan
Jan 16 Saudi Arabia 2-1 Oman
Jan 21 Oman 0-0 Thailand
Jan 21 Kyrgyzstan 0-2 Saudi Arabia
Jan 25 Saudi Arabia vs. Thailand
Jan 25 Kyrgyzstan vs. Oman

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2023 AFC Asian Cup knockout stage schedule

Round of 16

Match No. Date Fixture
37 Jan. 28 Australia vs. 3rd Group A/C/D
38 Jan. 28 Tajikistan vs. UAE
39 Jan. 29 Iraq vs. 3rd Group B/E/F
40 Jan. 29 Qatar vs. 3rd Group C/D/E
41 Jan. 30 Uzbekistan vs. 2nd Group F
42 Jan. 30 1st Group F vs. 2nd Group E
43 Jan. 31 1st Group E vs. 2nd Group D
44 Jan. 31 Iran vs. Syria

Quarterfinal

Match No. Date Fixture
QF. 1 Feb. 2 Winner of Match 38 vs. Winner of Match 39
QF. 2 Feb. 2 Winner of Match 37 vs. Winner of Match 42
QF. 3 Feb. 3 Winner of Match 44 vs. Winner of Match 43
QF. 4 Feb. 3 Winner of Match 40 vs. Winner of Match 41

Semifinal

Date Fixture
Feb 6. Winner of QF 1 vs. Winner of QF 2
Feb 7. Winner of QF 3 vs. Winner of QF 4

Final

Date Fixture
Feb 10. Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2

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