The event was thereafter held in various Asian countries every four years, with an exception in when the quadrennial cycle was moved forward one year. The Asian Cup participants are determined through a series of competitions that winnow the field of AFC members down to Those 16 teams play in a four-group round-robin stage that is followed by a knockout tournament between the eight teams that qualified in the previous stage.
For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the team format that was used from to The qualification structure is as follows:  . The play-off round represented a change from the initially announced qualification format — which saw the remaining fourth-placed teams and the four best group fifth-placed teams also advance to the third round.
For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the team format that was used from to Under this new format, the finalists would contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams. The host nation qualified for the final tournament automatically, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams of the AFC through a qualifying competition running from topart of which also served as part of the FIFA World Cup qualification process for the confederation.
Introduced inthe competition is a continuation of the Asian Club Championship which had started in A total of 32 clubs compete in the round robin group stage of the competition. Clubs from Asia's strongest national leagues receive automatic berths, with clubs from lower-ranked nations eligible to qualify via the qualifying playoffs, and they are also eligible to participate in the AFC Cup.
A hat-trick is achieved when the same player scores three or more goals in one match. Listed in chronological order. The table below is the players who have appeared four or more times in the history of the tournament.
The Asian Cup was held once every four years from the edition in Hong Kong until the tournament in China. However, since the Summer Olympic Games and the European Football Championship were also scheduled in the same year as the Asian Cup, the AFC decided to move their championship to a less crowded cycle. Afterthe tournament was next held in when it was co-hosted by four nations: IndonesiaMalaysiaThailand and Vietnam.
Sunil Chhetri has promised that the Indian players will be patient and fully back new coach Igor Stimac to implement his philosophy on the team. Oman coach Pim Verbeek resigned from the post on Wednesday with the former Australia and Korea boss calling time on a year managerial career. Qatar has joined a growing list of recent tournament winners - like Chile, Portugal and France - that functioned almost solely as the reactive team.
CNN Qatar has the chance to hold its head up high in the world of football, after the tiny Gulf state made the first major final of its history. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. On Friday night, the World Cup host meets perennial regional success story Japan in the final of the Asian Cup, and with the meeting comes a chance to earn some on-field respect as the holders of genuine silverware ahead of the next edition of the World Cup.