China to host AFC Asian Cup 2023

PARIS: The Asian Football Confederation confirmed China as the hosts for the Asian Cup 2023 at the AFC Extraordinary Congress here Tuesday.

The unanimous decision marks the second time Asia’s crown jewel will be played in the People’s Republic of China which also hosted the 13th edition in 2004 when the tournament was expanded to 16 teams for the first time.

Since then, Asia’s flagship national team competition has grown to 24 teams with the United Arab Emirates staging the biggest-ever edition earlier this year, which broke all digital media engagement and TV viewership records.

China, a shoo in to host the competion after all the other countries in the running dropped their bids, could possibly use the tournament as a dry run for hosting a World Cup.