What is AFC Asian Cup?
The Asian Cup is an international football competition organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
It is played every four years and the winning team qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup and becomes champion of Asia.
How does it work?
The tournament is played in two stages. In the first stage, the group stage, the teams are divided into 6 groups, the
two best teams of each group and the 4 best third-places overall qualify for the second stage: the knockout stage with
a single-elimination tournament until the final match.
AFC ASIAN CUP 2019
The next edition is the 17th one and it is played from January 5th to February 1st. It is contested by 24 teams and it
will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates.
For the first time, the competition will be contested by 24 teams instead of 16, they are divided into 6 different
groups for the first stage of the competition.
Abu Dhabi: Zayed Sports City Stadium, Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Al Nahyan Stadium
Dubai: Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Al-Maktoum Stadium
Al Ain: Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium
Sharjah: Sharjah Stadium