Kuala Lumpur: The upcoming edition of Asia’s flagship national team competition – the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – will take place from June 16 to July 16, 2023, across ten cities after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed the decision today.
The 18th edition of the tournament, which will see Asia’s top 24 national teams compete for the most coveted prize in Asian football, aims to engage more fans than ever before, and will maximise the advantage of playing the opening game on a Friday and the final on a weekend.
In addition, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ will also be the longest in history, to be held across 31 days, three more than the 28-day showpiece in the United Arab Emirates in 2019, which was the first tournament to be expanded from 16 to 24 teams. The principle of the extension was to ensure teams were given the optimum recovery time taking into consideration the travelling distance across the ten cities in China PR. .....
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