The 17th AFC Asia Cup this time will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will take place from 5 January 2019 to 1 February 2019. There are 24 teams will joining the tournament. The 24 participants included: United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Iran, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Syria, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, North Korea, Jordan, Vietnam, Palestine, Oman, Bahrain, Turkmenistan, Philippines, Yemen. The participants are then divided by group. The group phase draw was conducted at Hotel Armani, Burj Khalifa, Juma’at (04/05/2018). Paa participants already know the countries that are their respective opponents.
The Asia Cup group division is made based on the participant’s top list. As with the Champions League, the host and the five countries with the highest FIFA ratings as of April 2018 are the first seed. For the list of second seed and will follow the FIFA sequence. These 24 participants will divide into six groups. The United Arab Emirates, which is the host, is surely in the group A. Australia, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Japan which is the leading teams will divide equally into each other group. The second lead country fell to Thailand and will join India and Bahrain in the host group. Australia which is the top team is in the same group as Syria, Palestine, and Jordan. Meanwhile, Qatar will face Lebanon, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.
UAE, the host, will open the match and face Bahrain in the first match. Each group will play six games before the two best teams advance to the last 16. This preliminary round will take place from January 5, 2019, to January 17, 2019. Furthermore, the previous 16 consists of 8 matches. This second session will last for three consecutive days, namely on January 20-22, 2019. Next, the game will enter the Quarter Final where there will be four sets of games which will take place on January 24 and 25 2019, with two sets of matches every day. The semi-finals will be held on January 28 and 29 and on February 1, 2019, the Final Round will finally arrive.Tickets for the AFC Asia Cup 2019 went on sale on June 28 for corporate. There has been an official release date for the individual. Mostly will sell online and for that have not been sold online can be purchased during the match.
One of the favorite teams is Japan who made it into the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 2015 Asian Cup winners, Australia, are also the favored teams in the next match. Beside that two participants, there is South Korea who still managed to show good performance in the World Cup 2018. South Korea and Iran were noted as the most performing countries in the Asia Cup. In total, by 2019, it will be their 14th participation. Besides these two countries, there are still China who will perform for the 12th time and Saudi Arabia will show for the 10th time during their partnership. In the 17th Asia Cup, there were also teams that debuted. Three debutant teams that have successfully participated in this tournament are Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines and, Yemen.
Surely we can’t wait to see their performance, right ?!