AFC U-23 Championship
|Number of teams||16|
|Current champions||Japan (1st title)|
|Most successful team(s)||
Iraq (1 title each)
|2016 AFC U-23 Championship|
The AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the AFC U-23 Asian Cup) is an international football tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The first edition was initially set to be held in 2013 and its qualification matches in 2012, but the finals tournament was postponed to be played in January 2014 due to the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.
The tournament is planned to be held every two years. The 2016 tournament doubled as the 2016 Olympic qualifiers, where the top 3 teams qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The 2016 edition took place in January 2016. The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".
- Sixteen teams competed in the final tournament, including the hosts which were automatically qualified.
- Teams were seeded by the result of 2013 AFC U-22 Championship.
- The tournament was held in 18 days.
- Three or four stadiums in at most two cities were needed to host the tournament.
|Year||Host||Final||Third place match|
|Champions||Score||Runners-Up||Third Place||Score||Fourth Place|
Teams reaching the top four
|Iraq||1 (2013)||–||1 (2016)||–|
|South Korea||–||1 (2016)||–||1 (2013)|
|Saudi Arabia||–||1 (2013)||–||–|
|United Arab Emirates||QF||QF|
All Time Results
|United Arab Emirates||2||8||3||3||2||7||7||0||12|
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