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AFC Asian Cup 2023 Start Date, Participating Teams list, Venues all You Know

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The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Asia organized by the Asian Football Confederation. (AFC). Check AFC Asian Cup 2023 Start Date, Participating Teams List, Venues All You Know.

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A total of 13 teams have already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023. From the second round of joint qualifiers of World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023, the eight group leaders and the five-best runners-up teams have qualified for the continent’s marquee tournament that is slated to be hosted by China. 

The finals will take place in June and July 2023, which is a shift from the usual January/February window.

Check out more information about the tournament regarding the start date, the venues, participating teams.

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Start Date, Participating Teams List, Venues All You Know

 AFC Asian Cup 2023 Start Date

The tournament will be hosted by China in the year 2023. The competition would start on June 16, 2023, and the final would be played on July 16, 2023.

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Participating Teams list

The tournament will involve 24 national teams after its expansion of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, including that of the host nation. Qatar is the defending champion of the tournament.

The first two rounds of qualification also served as qualification for the World Cup. Qatar participated in the second round only for qualification to the 2023 Asian Cup, as they qualified automatically for the World Cup as the host nation. 

China participated in the second round only for qualification to the 2022 World Cup, as they qualified automatically for the Asian Cup as the host nation.

Here is the list of the participating teams.

Team FIFA Rank Coach
Japan28Hajime Moriyasu
Iran31Dragan Skocic
South Korea39Paulo Bento
Australia41Graham Arnold
Qatar58Felix Sanchez Bas
Saudi Arabia65Herve Renard
Iraq68Srecko Katanec
UAE73Bert van Marwijk
China77Li Tie
Syria79Nabil Maaloul
Oman80Branko Ivanovic
Vietnam92Park Hang-seo
Lebanon93Jamal Taha

AFC Asian Cup 2023 Venues

Twelve host cities were submitted in the bid, including seven new football-specific stadia to be constructed, and renovation works planned for the existing stadia.

The new Pudong Stadium in Shanghai was proposed to host the final and a semi-final, with a renovated Worker’s Stadium in Beijing to host the other semi-final. 

The new stadium is planned to be completed by the end of 2021, however, the bid included existing backup stadia in each of these cities. 

On 28 December 2019, the Chinese association for Football announced ten cities to host the tournament. In January 2020, the AFC announced 10 stadiums for this edition.

StadiumHost cityCapacity
Beijing National StadiumBeijing81,000
Tianjin Olympic Centre StadiumTianjin54,696
Tianhe StadiumGuangzhou54,896
Nanjing Olympic Sports CenterNanjing61,443
Shaanxi Province StadiumXi’an50,100
Wuhan Sports Center StadiumWuhan60,000
Chengdu Sports CenterChengdu42,000
Yizhong Sports CenterQingdao45,000
Shenyang Olympic Sports Center StadiumShenyang60,000
Helong StadiumChangsha55,000
Ningbo City StadiumNingbo36,000
Luoyang StadiumLuoyang39,888

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