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Host cities announced for AFC Asian Cup China 2023

Supporters of China hold a national flag during the AFC Asian Cup quarter final match between China and Iran at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 24, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

The Chinese Football Association has named the 10 host cities for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup as: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou.

The Asian Football Confederation said further details of the hosting plan would be unveiled at an upcoming meeting of the Organising Committee of the Asian Cup (OCAC).

The 2023 Asian Cup takes place in June and July that year, and will feature 24 teams and 51 matches.

AFC president HE Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a press release: “The AFC Asian Cup is our flagship competition for national teams, and I am sure that the Chinese FA and the selected host cities will deliver a tournament which is in keeping with the event’s world-class status.

“The AFC thanks the commitment shown by the CFA and these 10 great cities to be a part of this celebration of Asian football. I wish them all the very best of success in their desire to show the world that China PR can stage huge international football events.”

The AFC press release also said the CFA intends to use the tournament to drive forward its development of football in China, “with more infrastructure, better youth programmes and widespread promotion of the grassroots game”, and “views Asia’s crown jewel as an opportunity to showcase its progress and achievements to the world”.