The AFC Asian Cup is an international competition for senior men’s football, contested by the national sides from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). First held in 1956, Australia are the current holders having won the 2015 Asian Cup as the hosts, defeating South Korea 2-1 after extra time.
When is it?
The AFC Asian Cup takes place every 4 years, with the 17th edition to be held between the 5th January and 1st February 2019.
Where is it?
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup is being hosted by the United Arab Emirates for the second time, at the following venues:
- Abu Dhabi – Al Nahyan Stadium (Capacity – 12,000)
- Abu Dhabi – Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium (Capacity – 42,056)
- Abu Dhabi – Zayed Sports City Stadium (Capacity – 43,000)
- Al Ain – Hazza bin Zayed Stadium (Capacity – 25,965)
- Al Ain – Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium (Capacity – 16,000)
- Dubai – Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium (Capacity – 12,000)
- Sharjah – Sharjah Stadium (Capacity – 11,073)
Who is competing?
23 teams qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, along with the hosts United Arab Emirates: Qatar, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, China, Palestine, Oman, India, Lebanon, Turkmenistan, Jordan, Bahrain, Vietnam, Kyrgyztan, North Korea, Philippines and Yemen.
How do I get there?
Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest in the world and serves many international destinations, along with Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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How do I get tickets?
Tickets for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup are now on general sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster here.
Ticket prices range from:
Group Stage: AED 25 – AED 75
Round of 16: AED 25 – AED 75
Quarter-finals: AED 50 – AED 150
Semi-finals: AED 50 – AED 150
Final: AED 75 – AED 300
Where and when is the next Asian Cup?
The hosts for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup has yet to be decided, however China and South Korea have submitted their interest.
Official Website: www.the-afc.com/competitions/afc-asian-cup/