|2016 AFC U-16 चैंपियनशिप|
|Dates||15 September – 2 October|
|Teams||16 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Iraq (1st title)|
|Goals scored||109 (3.52 per match)|
|Attendance||32,983 (1,064 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Mohammed Dawood (6 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Mohammed Dawood|
The 2016 AFC U-16 Championship was the 17th edition of the AFC U-16 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-16 national teams of Asia. The tournament was held in India, as announced by the AFC on 3 June 2015, and was played between 15 September and 2 October 2016. A total of 16 teams played in the tournament.
Same as previous editions, the tournament acted as the AFC qualifiers for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The top four teams of the tournament qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup also in India as the AFC representatives, besides India who qualified automatically as hosts. If India were among the top four teams, three play-off matches would be played to decide the fifth-placed team which also qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup; however, this was not necessary as India were eliminated in the group stage.
This marked the first time a U-17 World Cup host nation hosts the AFC U-16 Championship.
- 1 Qualification
- 2 Venues
- 3 Draw
- 4 Group stage
- 5 Knockout stage
- 6 Winners
- 7 Awards
- 8 Goalscorers
- 9 Tournament ranking
- 10 Ban on North Korean manager and goalkeeper
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The draw for the qualifiers was held on 5 June 2015. A total of 45 teams were drawn into eleven groups, with the eleven group winners and the four best runners-up qualifying for the final tournament, together with India who qualified automatically as hosts but also competed in the qualifying stage.
The qualifiers were played between 12–20 September 2015, except for Group H which were played between 2–6 September 2015.
On 12 April 2016, the AFC Competitions Committee decided that if the FIFA suspension of the Kuwait Football Association was not lifted by 13 May 2016, the next highest ranked team in the AFC U-16 Championship qualifying competition would replace Kuwait in the competition.
On 13 May 2016, the FIFA Congress confirmed the suspension of Kuwait, and asked the FIFA Council to lift the suspension as soon as the necessary requirements are fulfilled. As a result, Kuwait were replaced by Yemen, the next highest ranked team in the AFC U-16 Championship qualifying competition.
|Team||Qualified as||Appearance||Previous best performance|
Group E (3rd best) runners-up
|Uzbekistan||Group A winners||9th||Champions (2012)|
|Kyrgyzstan||Group B winners||1st||Debut|
|Iraq||Group C winners||9th||Third place (1985), Semi-finals (2012)|
|Saudi Arabia||Group D winners||10th||Champions (1985, 1988)|
|Iran||Group E winners||10th||Champions (2008)|
|Malaysia||Group G winners||4th||Quarter-finals (2014)|
|North Korea||Group H winners||10th||Champions (2010, 2014)|
|South Korea||Group I winners||12th||Champions (1986, 2002)|
|Australia||Group J winners||5th||Semi-finals (2010, 2014)|
|Japan||Group K winners||13th||Champions (1994, 2006)|
|Vietnam||Group J (1st best) runners-up||6th||Fourth place (2000)|
|Thailand||Group H (2nd best) runners-up||10th||Champions (1998)|
|United Arab Emirates||Group D (4th best) runners-up||7th||Runners-up (1990)|
|Oman||Group B (5th best) runners-up||9th||Champions (1996, 2000)|
|Yemen||Group A (6th best) runners-up||5th||Runners-up (2002)|
The tournament is played in two venues:
|Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium|
The draw for the final tournament was held on 26 May 2016, 15:00 IST (UTC+5:30), in Goa (postponed from 4 May 2016). The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. The teams were seeded according to their performance in the previous edition in 2014.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals.
- Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- If, after applying criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
- Goal difference in all the group matches;
- Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
- Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
- Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
- Drawing of lots.
|2||United Arab Emirates||3||2||1||0||7||4||+3||7|
|India||2–3||United Arab Emirates|
|United Arab Emirates||1–1||Iran|
|Alazez 51'||Report||Asadabadi 49'|
Al-Buraikan 82', 83'
Wangjam 90+5' (pen.)
Sharifi 81' (pen.), 90+1' (pen.)
|Saudi Arabia||1–3||United Arab Emirates|
|Al-Duraywish 65'||Report||Fawzi 42'
Ali Khamis 74'
Al Naqbi 81'
|Report||Kanybekov 76' (pen.)|
|Kubo 16', 64'
Fukuoka 24', 51'
|Report||Tanahashi 34', 54', 80' (pen.)
Kubo 42', 90+2'
Nakamura 43', 52'
Suzuki 56' (pen.)
|Nguyễn Hữu Thắng 51', 61'
Nguyễn Duy Khiêm 86'
|Report||Roberts 18', 28'|
|Report||Kozuki 4', 82'
|Nguyễn Khắc Khiêm 20'
Maksat 81' (o.g.)
Nguyễn Trần Việt Cường 88'
|Jeong Chan-young 43'||Report||Muntadher Mohammed 45+2' (pen.), 50' (pen.)|
|Report||Al-Alawi 20' (pen.), 78'
Malki 63' (pen.)
|Ridha Jalil 43'||Report||Aliff Haiqal 86'|
|Park Jeong-in 4'
Cheon Seong-hoon 14' (pen.)
Ko Jun-Hee 84'
|Al Alawi 90'||Report||Dawood 37'|
|Kim Pom-hyok 61', 75'||Report|
|Muydinov 24' (pen.)
Yuldoshov 45+2' (pen.), 89'
Wudtichai 57' (o.g.)
Arnon 58', 90+4'
|Hassawat 69'||Report||Kye Tam 41' (pen.), 63', 67'
Ri Kang-guk 79'
|Ri Kang-guk 75'||Report||Umrzakov 49'
|Natthaphon 47'||Report||Hassawat 27' (o.g.)|
|25 September – Margao|
|29 September – Margao|
|Iran (p)||1 (6)|
|26 September – Margao|
|North Korea||1 (5)|
|2 October – Margao|
|North Korea (p)||1 (4)|
|25 September – Bambolim|
|Iraq (p)||0 (4)|
|29 September – Bambolim|
|United Arab Emirates||0|
|26 September – Bambolim|
Winners qualify for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
|Sayyad 30', 72'
|Japan||1–0||United Arab Emirates|
|Al Jahdhami 80'||Report||Kim Pom-hyok 84'|
|2–4|| Kye Tam
|Report||Dawood 7', 79'|
|Yamada 29', 42'||Report||Dawood 18', 81' (pen.), 90+4' (pen.)
|Sharifi 19'||Report||Kye Tam 80' (pen.)|
|6–5|| Kye Tam
|AFC U-16 Championship 2016 Winners|
- Most Valuable Player
- Top Scorer
- Fair Play
- 6 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Aman Chetri
- Aniket Jadhav
- Sanjeev Stalin
- Boris Singh Thangjam
- Suresh Singh Wangjam
- Amir Khoda Moradi
- Mohammed Ridha Jalil
- Muntadher Abdulsada
- Takuma Kemmotsu
- Nagi Matsumoto
- Gijo Sehata
- Ayumu Seko
- Toichi Suzuki
- Dhari Al-Anazi
- Mansor Al-Beshe
- Abdulaziz Al-Dhuwayhi
- Nawaf Al-Duraywish
- Adilet Kanybekov
- Gulzhigit Alykulov
- Cheon Seong-Hoon
- Jeong Chan-young
- Ko Jun-Hee
- Park Jeong-In
- Aliff Haiqal
- Muadh Al Jahdhami
- Yousuf Al Malki
- Jinnawat Russamee
- Natthaphon Srisawat
- Hassawat Nopnate
- Abdullah Al Naqbi
- Abed Alazez Dawod
- Ali Khamis
- Majed Rashed
- Manea Aydh
- Ibrokhim Ganikhonov
- Abubakir Muydinov
- Mardon Abdullaev
- Asadbek Sobirjonov
- Jasurbek Umrzakov
- Nguyễn Duy Khiêm
- Nguyễn Khắc Khiêm
- Nguyễn Trần Việt Cường
- 1 own goal
|6||United Arab Emirates||4||2||1||1||7||5||+2||7|
|9||South Korea||3||1||1||1||4||2||+2||4||Eliminated in|
Qualified teams for FIFA U-17 World Cup
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament1|
|India||5 December 2013||0 (Debut)|
|Iraq||26 September 2016||1 (2013)|
|Iran||25 September 2016||3 (2001, 2009, 2013)|
|Japan||25 September 2016||7 (1993, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)|
|North Korea||26 September 2016||4 (2005, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
Ban on North Korean manager and goalkeeper
On 4 November 2016, the AFC announced that North Korean manager Yung Jong-su and goalkeeper Jang Paek-ho were banned for a year for bringing the game into disrepute following the deliberate conceding of a goal during their final group match against Uzbekistan. The goal in question was conceded in the 49th minute, which Jang appeared to duck out of the way of a direct kick from the Uzbek goalkeeper. Uzbekistan won the match 3–1 and finished top of the group, meaning they would meet Iraq in the quarter-finals, and they went on to lose. North Korea, as group runners-up, met Oman in the quarter-finals, which they won to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The ban means both Yung and Jang are suspended from the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The North Korean team were also placed on a suspended ban from the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship. While they will be allowed to compete in the qualifiers, if the team engage in similar behaviour, they will be automatically ejected from the competition.
- "India to host AFC U-16 Championship 2016". AFC. 3 June 2015.
- "INDIA WIN AFC U-16 BID". All India Football Federation. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2016" (PDF). AFC.
- "AFC U-16 Championship India 2016 draw concluded". AFC. 26 May 2016.
- "AFC U-16 Championship 2016 qualifying draw concluded". AFC. 5 June 2015.
- "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2015" (PDF). AFC.
- "AFC U-16 Championship finalists confirmed". the-AFC.com. 21 September 2015.
- "Kyrgyzstan to compete at AFC U-16 C'ship after Nepal exclusion". AFC. 27 October 2015.
- "AFC Competitions Committee decisions". the-AFC.com. 12 April 2016.
- "FIFA Congress drives football forward, first female secretary general appointed". the-AFC.com. 13 May 2016.
- "AFC U-16 Championship India 2016: The Groups". AFC. 28 May 2016.
- "AFC confirms raft of crucial draw dates". AFC. 17 March 2016.
- "India's preparations for U-17 World Cup to gather pace with AIFF Youth Cup". Firstpost. 2 May 2016.
- "Regulations AFC U-16 Championship 2016" (PDF). AFC.
- "AFC U-16 Championship India 2016: Match Schedule" (PDF). AFC.
- "Iraq's Dawood Wins MVP and Top Scorer Awards". The-AFC.com. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Asian quartet qualify for India 2017". FIFA.com. 25 September 2016.
- "FIFA launches 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust". FIFA.com. 5 December 2013.
- "Latest AFC Disciplinary Committee decisions published". AFC. 4 November 2016.
- "North Korea: Goalkeeper and manager of U16 team fined and banned by AFC". BBC Sport. 4 November 2016.
- AFC U-16 Championship, the-AFC.com