Qatar: Qatar to host AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024

GT: Qatar have been selected as the hosts for the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2024 by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions Committee at its fifth meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday.

Following a comprehensive Bid Evaluation process as well as the overall risk assessment on the key deliverables outlined in the subsequent report, Qatar – who will be hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 in November this year – was selected by the Committee from among the five bidders, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan, the Asian Football Confederation said in a press release Friday.


Led by Chairperson, Dr Tran Quoc Tuan, the Committee also lauded the strong momentum gathered by a majority of the AFC Member Associations (MAs) in staging a commendable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Therefore, given the declining impact of the pandemic across Asia, the Committee agreed to recommend to the AFC Executive Committee to discontinue the operation of the Special Rules Applicable to AFC Competitions During Covid-19 Pandemic from 2023 onwards.


At the same time, members of the Committee also acknowledged the challenges faced by several participating MAs and clubs, who continue to navigate through the various complexities caused by the pandemic.

In this spirit, the Committee recognised that the withdrawals of Chinese clubs – Changchun Yatai FC and Shanghai Port FC – from the AFC Champions League 2022™ were the result of cases of force majeure.


Similarly in the AFC Cup 2022, the withdrawals of the two clubs from Myanmar – Shan United FC and Hantharwady United FC, as well as MUST CPK from Macau – were also recognised as being the result of cases of force majeure, as was the withdrawal of Macau from the AFC U20 and U17 Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers.

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