Football at the AFC Asian Cup 2023: complete schedule, locations, groups, and format

The 2023 AFC Asian Cup football competition begins on Friday in Qatar. This major international men’s football competition in Asia is in its 18th edition, and it will continue until February 10, 2024.

Qatar, the hosts and reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, will play Lebanon in the opening match of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup at the Lusail Stadium on January 12. The Group A match between Lebanon and Qatar begins at 9:30 PM IST. Every game will have live TV broadcasts and streaming services.

Meanwhile, Australia, Uzbekistan, and Syria have been drawn into Group B alongside the Indian men’s football team. India’s campaign will begin on January 13 against Australia at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan. On January 18, they will play Uzbekistan at the same location.

On January 23, Sunil Chhetri and company will play their last group match against Syria at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.

India will play in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 for the fifth time, having participated in the continental competition in 1964, 1984, 2011, and 2019. With the exception of finishing second in 1964, India has never advanced past the group stage.

The other teams included four-time champions The two other Asian heavyweights, the Republic of Korea and Saudi Arabia, are in Group E and F, respectively, while Japan, the most successful team in the history of the continental football competition, is in Group D.

Football groups and formats for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup

Group A: Lebanon, Tajikistan, People’s Republic of China, and Qatar

Group B: Syria, India, Uzbekistan, and Australia

Group C: China, Palestine, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates make up

Group D: Vietnam, Indonesia, Iraq, and Japan

Group E: Bahrain, Malaysia, Jordan, and South Korea

Group F: Oman, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia

The AFC Asian Cup will feature 24 teams in total this year, which is eight more than the previous edition in 2019. Six groups of equal size have been formed from the teams.

Teams in the group stage will play one round robin match against each other. After the conclusion of all group matches on January 25, the top two teams from each group and the four best third-placed teams overall will move into the round of 16.

The Lusail Stadium, which played host to Argentina and France’s FIFA World Cup 2022 final two years ago, will also serve as the venue for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 football final.

The Asian Cup 2023 will take place in nine different locations.

Location of India’s live AFC Asian Cup 2023 broadcast

Live streaming of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 will be available on JioCinema. The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be broadcast live in India on the Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels.

The complete schedule of matches for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup

Schedule for AFC Asian Cup 2023

DateMatchGroupTime (IST)Location
Friday, January 12Lebanon versus QatarA9:30 PMStadium Lusail
Saturday, January 13India versus AustraliaB5:00 PMStadium Ahmed bin Ali
Saturday, January 13Tajikistan versus ChinaA8:00 PMStadium Abdullah bin Khalifa
Saturday, January 13Syria versus UzbekistanB11:00 PMStadium Jassim Bin Hamad
Sunday, January 14Vietnam versus JapanD5:00 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Sunday, January 14China vs. Hong Kong, UAEC8:00 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Sunday, January 14Palestine versus IranC11:00 PMStadium Education City
Monday, January 15Bahrain versus South KoreaE5:00 PMStadium Jassim bin Hamad
Monday, January 15Iraq versus IndonesiaD8:00 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Monday, January 15Jordan versus MalaysiaE11:00 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Tuesday, January 16Cambodia versus KyrgyzstanF8:00 PMStadium Abdullah bin Khalifa
Tuesday, January 16Arabia Saudi and OmanF11:00 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Wednesday, January 17China versus LebanonA5:00 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Wednesday, January 17Qatar vs. TajikistanA8:00 PMAl Bayt Stadium
Thursday, January 18Australia versus SyriaB5:00 PMStadium Jassim bin Hamad
Thursday, January 18India and UzbekistanB8:00 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Thursday, January 18Palestine versus the UAEC11:00 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Friday, January 19Japan versus IraqD5:00 PMStadium Education City
Friday, January 19Indonesia versus VietnamD8:00 PMStadium Abdullah bin Khalifa
Friday, January 19Iran versus Hong KongC11:00 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Saturday, January 20South Korea versus JordanE5:00 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Saturday, January 20Malaysia versus BahrainE8:00 PMStadium Jassim bin Hamad
Sunday, January 21Thailand vs. OmanF8:00 PMStadium Abdullah bin Khalifa
Sunday, January 21Saudi Arabia vs. KyrgyzstanF11:00 PMAhmad bin Ali Stadium
Monday, January 22China versus QatarA8:30 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Monday, January 22Syria versus LebanonA8:30 PMStadium Jassim bin Hamad
Tuesday, January 23United States vs. AustraliaB5:00 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Tuesday, January 23India versus SyriaB5:00 PMAl Bayt Stadium
Tuesday, January 23UAE versus IranC8:30 PMStadium Education City
Tuesday, January 23Palestine versus Hong KongC8:30 PMStadium Abdullah bin Khalifa
Wednesday, January 24Indonesia versus JapanD5:00 PMAl Thumama Stadium
Wednesday, January 24Vietnam versus IraqD5:00 PMStadium Jassim bin Hamad
Thursday, January 25Malaysia versus South KoreaE5:00 PMAl Janoub Stadium
Thursday, January 25Jordan versus BahrainE5:00 PMKhalifa International Stadium
Thursday, January 25Thailand versus Saudi ArabiaF8:30 PMStadium Education City
Thursday, January 25Oman versus KyrgyzstanF8:30 PMStadium Abdullah bin Khalifa
January 28–31Round of sixteen contestsNA5:00 PM and 9:30 PMDifferent
February 2 and 3QuarterfinalsNA5:00 PM and 9:00 PMDifferent
February 6 and 7semifinalsNA8:30 PMDifferent
February 10LastlyNA9:30 PMLusail Stadium