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16 Asian teams vie for three Olympic slots


The 16-team event in Qatar will see three teams qualify directly for Paris 2024 and another side enter a play-off.

  • Qatar hosting the latest AFC U-23 Asian Cup
  • Sixteen teams from the region will meet in April and May
  • Tournament offers a route to the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament

With just three months to go before the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament kicks off at Paris 2024, the AFC U-23 Asian Cup will take place from 15 April to 3 May to decide three of the remaining four places at the Games.

Hosted in Qatar, the tournament will feature 16 teams divided into four groups, with the top two from each section progressing to the knockout stages.

Read on for all the key information about the event, including the Olympic qualification requirements, the previous winners, five players to watch and more.

Olympic qualification requirements

The AFC U-23 Asian Cup doubles as the region’s qualifying event for the Paris 2024 Olympics. The top three finishers qualify automatically for the Games, while the fourth-placed team will compete in a play-off against a CAF side for the one remaining place. Therefore, Olympic qualification is rubber-stamped once a team has reached the tournament final or won the third-place play-off.

Competing nations

Group A Qatar Australia Jordan Indonesia

Group B Japan Korea Republic United Arab Emirates China PR

Group C Saudi Arabia Iraq Thailand Tajikistan

Group D Uzbekistan Vietnam Kuwait Malaysia

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