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2019 AFC Asian Cup
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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 to , part of which also served as part of the FIFA World Cup qualification process for the confederation. The tournament was won for the first time by Qatar , who defeated Japan 3—1 in the Final. This was also Qatar's first ever top 4 finish in the competition. The defending champions Australia , were eliminated by the hosts UAE at the quarter-final stages, who subsequently lost to the eventual champions in the semi-finals.
2018 AFC Cup
The tournament kicked off on July 26th with the rapid section. The games started at 9. The general tone of the event was set in the rapid section, as Iran's first team Green in the open section and China in the women section finished ahead of the field. In the Open, China and India completed the podium, while India and Iran Green as well finished second and third in the women's section.
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. After , the tournament was next held in when it was co-hosted by four nations: Indonesia , Malaysia , Thailand and Vietnam. Thereafter, it has been held every four years.