2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification: Participating teams, fixtures, tables, top scorers, stadium and all you need to know

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The 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup will be the fifth edition of the biennial tournament. As the name suggests it is an age-group tournament and only players who are born after January 1, 1999, can take part. 

It was previously known as the AFC U-23 Championship but from this edition, it will be known as the AFC U-23 Asian Cup. The qualification round of the main event is set to start on October 23. 41 teams will be participating in the qualification round. 

22 teams from  West Asia, Central Asia and South Asia, were drawn into five groups of four and there is another group which has three participants. Meanwhile, 19 teams from ASEAN and Northeast Asia were drawn into four groups of four and there is one group with three teams. However, in Group G there are currently only two participants as Brunei and China withdrew on September 3 and October 11. 

Let us take a look at the groups in detail. 

2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification: Group A Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule 

Date Fixture Scores Stadium
25/10/2021 Qatar vs Yemen 3-0 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
25/10/2021 Syria vs Sri Lanka 5-0 Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
28/10/2021 Sri Lanka vs Qatar 0-5 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
28/10/2021 Yemen vs Syria 0-0 Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha
31/10/2021 Syria vs Qatar 1-1 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
31/10/2021 Yemen vs Sri Lanka 3-0 Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha

Standings 

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Qatar (H) 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7
2 Syria 1 2 0 6 1 +5 5
3 Yemen 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4 Sri Lanka 0 0 3 0 13 -13 0

Group B: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Date Fixtures Scores Stadium
25/10/2021 Iran vs Nepal  4-0 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
25/10/2021 Tajikistan vs Lebanon  1-0 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
28/10/2021 Lebanon vs Iran 0-2 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
28/10/2021 Nepal vs Tajikistan 0-6 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
31/10/2021 Lebanon vs Nepal 4-0 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
31/10/2021 Iran vs Tajikistan 3-2 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Iran  3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
2 Tajikistan 2 0 1 9 3 +6 6
3 Lebanon 1 0 2 4 3 +1 3
4 Nepal 0 0 3 0 14 -14 0

Group C: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Date Fixtures Scores Stadium
25/10/2021 Iraq vs Maldives 4-0 Al Muharraq, Arad
28/10/2021 Maldives vs Bahrain 0-3 Al Muharraq, Arad
31/10/2021 Iraq vs Bahrain 3-0 Al Muharraq, Arad

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Iraq 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6
2 Bahrain (H) 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
3 Maldives 0 0 2 0 7 -7 0

Group D: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
27/10/2021 Saudi Arabia vs Uzbekistan 2-2  Paxtakor Markaziy Stadion, Tashkent
27/10/2021 Bangladesh vs Kuwait 0-1 Stadion Majmuasi, Tashkent
30/10/2021 Uzbekistan vs Bangladesh 6-0 Paxtakor Markaziy Stadion, Tashkent
30/10/2021 Kuwait vs Saudi Arabia 2-1 Stadion Majmuasi, Tashkent
02/11/2021 Saudi Arabia vs Bangladesh 3-0 Stadion Majmuasi, Tashkent
02/11/2021 Kuwait vs Uzbekistan 1-5 Paxtakor Markaziy Stadion, Tashkent

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Kuwait 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6
2 Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
3 Bangladesh 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0

Uzbekistan have already qualified for the final tournament as the host country, so their matches will not be taken into account when calculating the group ranking.

India U23

Group E: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
24/10/2021 UAE vs Kyrgyzstan 1-2 Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah
24/10/2021 Oman vs India 1-2 Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah
27/10/2021 Kyrgyzstan vs Oman 0-1 Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah
27/10/2021 India vs UAE 0-1 Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah
30/10/2021 UAE vs Oman 2-0 Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah
30/10/2021 India vs Kyrgyzstan 0-0 (4-2 pen.) Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 UAE (H) 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
2 India 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 Kyrgyzstan 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4 Oman 1 0 2 2 4 -2 3

Group F: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
25/10/2021 Turkmenistan vs Jordan 0-1 King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman
28/10/2021 Palestine vs Turkmenistan 1-3 King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman
31/10/2021 Jordan vs Palestine 1-1 King Abdullah II Stadium, Amman

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Jordan (H) 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
2 Palestine 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
3 Turkmenistan 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1

Group G: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
26/10/2021 Indonesia vs Australia 2-3 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe
29/10/2021 Australia vs Indonesia 1-0 Pamir Stadium, DUshanbe

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Australia 2 0 0 4 2 +2 3
2 Indonesia 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0

Japan vs Iran U23

Group H: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule 

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
25/10/2021 South Korea vs Philipines 3-0 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
25/10/2021 Singapore vs Timor-Leste 2-2 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
28/10/2021 Timor-Leste vs South Korea 0-6 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
28/10/2021 Philippines vs Singapore 0-1 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
31/10/2021 Timor-Leste vs Philippines 1-0 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
31/10/2021 South Korea vs Singapore 5-1 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 South Korea 3 0 0 14 1 +13 9
2 Singapore (H) 1 1 1 4 7 -3 4
3 Timor-Leste  1 1 1 3 8 -5 4
4 Philippines 0 0 3 0 5 -5 0

Group I: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
27/10/2021 Vietnam vs Chinese Taipei 1-0 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek
30/10/2021 Myanmar vs Chinese Taipei 1-0 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek
02/11/2021 Vietnam vs Myanmar 1-0 Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Vietnam 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6
2 Myanmar 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
3 Chinese Taipei 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0

Group J: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates Fixtures Scores Stadium
25/10/2021 Thailand vs Mongolia 1-1 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar
25/10/2021 Malaysia vs Laos 1-0 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar
28/10/2021 Mongolia vs Malaysia 0-1 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar
28/10/2021 Laos vs Thailand 0-3 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar
31/10/2021 Thailand vs Malaysia 0-0 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar
31/10/2021 Laos vs Mongolia 3-2 MFF Football Centre, Ulaanbaatar

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Malaysia 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
2 Thailand 1 2 0 4 1 +3 5
3 Laos 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
4 Mongolia (H) 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Group K: Fixtures, Scores & Standings

Match Schedule

Dates  Fixtures Scores Stadium
23/10/2021 Cambodia vs Hong Kong 4-2 J-Village Stadium, Hirono
26/10/2021 Japan vs Cambodia 4-0 J-Village Stadium, Hirono
28/10/2021 Hong Kong vs Japan 0-4 J-Village Stadium, Hirono

Standings

Ranking Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Japan (H) 2 0 0 8 0 +8 6
2 Cambodia 1 0 1 4 6 -2 3
3 Hong Kong (H) 0 0 2 2 8 -6 0

Ranking of second-placed teams

Top four teams to qualify

Position Group Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 J Thailand (Q) 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4
2 D Saudi Arabia (Q) 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
3 F Turkmenistan (Q) 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
4 B Tajikistan (Q) 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
5 C Bahrain 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
6 I Myanmar 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
7 K Cambodia  2 1 0 1 4 6 -2 3
8 A Syria 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
9 E India 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1
10 D Singapore 2 0 1 1 3 7 -4 1

Top Scorers

Name Country  Goals
Park Jeong-in South Korea 5
Yasin Salmani Iran 4
Hashim Ali Qatar 4
Ulugbek Khoshimov Uzbekistan 3