Football at the Asian Games

Men's football has been a part of the Asian Games sporting events since the 1951 edition. Women's football competition began in 1990.

Since the 2002 Asian Games, age limit for men teams is under-23 plus up to three over aged players for each squad,[1] same as the age limit in football competitions at the Summer Olympics. Although Kazakhstan is a member of the Olympic Council of Asia, the football team has been a member of the UEFA since 2002. The same rule applies to the Guam and Australia who are members of the AFC, but they are members of Oceania National Olympic Committees.

Football at the Asian Games - Men's tournament
Founded1951
RegionAFC (Asia)
Current champions South Korea (2018)
Most successful team(s) South Korea (5 titles)
Men's Football at the 2018 Asian Games

Men's tournaments

Summaries

Year Host Final Third Place
Gold Medal Score Silver Medal Bronze Medal Score Fourth Place
1951
details
India
New Delhi, India

India
1–0
Iran

Japan
2–0
Afghanistan
1954
details
Philippines
Manila, Philippines

Republic of China
5–2
South Korea

Burma
5–4
Indonesia
1958
details
Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Republic of China
3–2
South Korea

Indonesia
4–1
India
1962
details
Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

India
2–1
South Korea

Malaya
4–1
South Vietnam
1966
details
Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Burma
1–0
Iran

Japan
2–0
Singapore
1970
details
Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Burma


South Korea
0–0 aet1
India
1–0
Japan
1974
details
Iran
Tehran, Iran

Iran
1–0
Israel

Malaysia
2–1
North Korea
1978
details
Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

North Korea


South Korea
0–0 aet1
China PR
1–0
Iraq
1982
details
India
New Delhi, India

Iraq
1–0
Kuwait

Saudi Arabia
2–02
North Korea
1986
details
South Korea
Seoul, South Korea

South Korea
2–0
Saudi Arabia

Kuwait
5–0
Indonesia
1990
details
China
Beijing, China

Iran
0–0 aet
(4–1) pen

North Korea

South Korea
1–0
Thailand
1994
details
Japan
Hiroshima, Japan

Uzbekistan
4–2
China PR

Kuwait
2–1
South Korea
1998
details
Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Iran
2–0
Kuwait

China PR
3–0
Thailand
2002
details
South Korea
Busan, South Korea

Iran
2–1
Japan

South Korea
3–0
Thailand
2006
details
Qatar
Doha, Qatar

Qatar
1–0
Iraq

Iran
1–0 aet
South Korea
2010
details
China
Guangzhou, China

Japan
1–0
United Arab Emirates

South Korea
4–3
Iran
2014
details
South Korea
Incheon, South Korea

South Korea
1–0 aet
North Korea

Iraq
1–0
Thailand
2018
details
Indonesia
Indonesia

South Korea
2–1 aet
Japan

United Arab Emirates
1–1
(4–3 pen.)

Vietnam

*Under-23 tournament since 2002.
1 The title was shared.
2 Saudi Arabia were awarded the third-place playoff by default after the Korea DPR team were handed a two-year suspension for assaulting officials at the end of their semi-final.

Medal table

Team Gold Silver Bronze
 South Korea 5 (1970, 1978, 1986*, 2014*, 2018) 3 (1954, 1958, 1962) 3 (1990, 2002*, 2010)
 Iran 4 (1974*, 1990, 1998, 2002) 2 (1951, 1966) 1 (2006)
 India 2 (1951*, 1962) 1 (1970)
 Myanmar 2 (1966, 1970) 1 (1954)
 Chinese Taipei 2 (1954, 1958)
 Japan 1 (2010) 2 (2002, 2018) 2 (1951, 1966)
 North Korea 1 (1978) 2 (1990, 2014)
 Iraq 1 (1982) 1 (2006) 1 (2014)
 Qatar 1 (2006*)
 Uzbekistan 1 (1994)
 Kuwait 2 (1982, 1998) 2 (1986, 1994)
 China PR 1 (1994) 2 (1978, 1998)
 Saudi Arabia 1 (1986) 1 (1982)
 United Arab Emirates 1 (2010) 1 (2018)
 Israel 1 (1974)
 Malaysia 2 (1962, 1974)
 Indonesia 1 (1958)
* = host

Women's tournaments

Summaries

The first women's tournament was held in the 1990 Asian Games.[2]

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1990
China
Beijing

China
No playoffs
Japan

North Korea
No playoffs
Chinese Taipei
1994
Japan
Hiroshima

China
2–0
Japan

Chinese Taipei
No playoffs
South Korea
1998
Thailand
Bangkok

China
1–0 aet
North Korea

Japan
2–1
Chinese Taipei
2002
South Korea
Busan

North Korea
No playoffs
China

Japan
No playoffs
South Korea
2006
Qatar
Doha

North Korea
0–0 aet
(4–2) pen

Japan

China
2–0
South Korea
2010
China
Guangzhou

Japan
1–0
North Korea

South Korea
2–0
China
2014
South Korea
Incheon

North Korea
3–1
Japan

South Korea
3–0
Vietnam
2018
Indonesia
Palembang

Japan
1–0
China

South Korea
4–0
Chinese Taipei

Medal table

Team Gold Silver Bronze
 China PR 3 (1990*, 1994, 1998) 2 (2002, 2018) 1 (2006)
 North Korea 3 (2002, 2006, 2014) 2 (1998, 2010) 1 (1990)
 Japan 2 (2010, 2018) 4 (1990, 1994*, 2006, 2014) 2 (1998, 2002)
 South Korea 3 (2010, 2014*, 2018)
 Chinese Taipei 1 (1994)
* = host
Football at the Asian Games - Women's tournament
Founded1990
RegionAFC (Asia)
Current champions Japan (2018)
Most successful team(s) China PR &  North Korea (3 titles each)
Women's Football at the 2018 Asian Games

References

  1. ^ "PFF chief names Akhtar as head coach of Asian Games team". The Nation. August 29, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2011. Faisal Saleh Hayat have confirmed that since 2002, football at the Asian Games changed to age-limit and now it is a "U-23 + 3 overage" tournament.
  2. ^ "Asian Games (Women's Tournament)". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
Football at the 1951 Asian Games

Football at the 1951 Asian Games was held in New Delhi, India from 5 to 11 March 1951. In this tournament, 6 teams played in the men's competition. The games lasted only 60 minutes.

Football at the 1954 Asian Games

Football at the 1954 Asian Games was held in Manila, Philippines from 1 to 8 May 1954. All matches took place at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, and were of 80 minutes duration.

Football at the 1958 Asian Games

Football at the 1958 Asian Games was held in Tokyo, Japan from 24 May to 1 June 1958.

Football at the 1962 Asian Games

Football at the 1962 Asian Games was held at the Tebet football pitch, Ikada Stadium, and Senayan Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia from 25 August to 4 September 1962.

Football at the 1966 Asian Games

Football at the 1966 Asian Games was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 to 20 December 1966.

Football at the 1970 Asian Games

Football at the 1970 Asian Games was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 to 20 December 1970.

Football at the 1974 Asian Games

Football at the 1974 Asian Games was held in Tehran, Iran from 2 to 16 September 1974.

Football at the 1978 Asian Games

Football at the 1978 Asian Games was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 10 to 20 December 1978.

Football at the 1982 Asian Games

Football at the 1982 Asian Games was held in New Delhi, India from 20 November to 3 December 1982. In this tournament, 16 teams played in the men's competition.

Football at the 1986 Asian Games

Football at the 1986 Asian Games was held in Seoul, South Korea from 20 September to 5 October 1986. Singapore boycotted to dispatch the national football team.

Football at the 1990 Asian Games

Football at the 1990 Asian Games was held in Beijing, China from 23 September to 6 October 1990.

Football at the 1994 Asian Games

Football at the 1994 Asian Games was held in Hiroshima, Japan from 1 to 17 October 1994. The AFC suggested that only under-23 teams should be entered,which means that all the players must be born after January 1, 1971. But this was ignored by all participants except Saudi Arabia.

The women's tournament doubled the Asian qualification of 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, where China and Japan qualified.

Football at the 1998 Asian Games

Football at the 1998 Asian Games was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 30 November to 19 December 1998.

Football at the 2002 Asian Games

Football at the 2002 Asian Games was held in Busan, South Korea from 27 September to 13 October 2002.

Age limit for the men teams is under-23, same as the age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games, while three overage players are allowed among each squad.

Football at the 2006 Asian Games

Football at the 2006 Asian Games was held in Doha, Qatar from 18 November to 15 December 2006. The opening match was played 14 days prior to the opening ceremony. In this tournament, some 30 teams played in the men's competition, and 8 teams participated in women's competition.

Turkmenistan, and Yemen withdrew from the competition before playing their first match. The organisation announced a new competition format because of this. Instead of only the group winners of the first round to go through to the second round, now also both runners-up qualified.Later India also announced their retirement, however they remained in the tournament on a "no cost to government basis". Iran was taken out of competition prior to their first match, due to a suspension by FIFA. However, FIFA lifted the suspension on Iran under-23 team on 26 November 2006 so they returned to the original Group D stage.Age limit for the men teams is under-23, same as the age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games, while three overage players are allowed among each squad.

Football at the 2010 Asian Games

Football at the 2010 Asian Games was held in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China from 7 to 25 November 2010. The opening match was played 5 days prior to the opening ceremony. In this tournament, 24 teams played in the men's competition, and 7 teams participated in women's competition.

Age limit for the men teams was under-23, same as the age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games, while three overage players are allowed among each squad.

Football at the 2014 Asian Games

Football at the 2014 Asian Games was held in Incheon, South Korea from 14 September to 3 October 2014. The opening match was played 5 days prior to the opening ceremony. In this tournament, 29 teams are playing in the men's competition, and 11 teams are participating in the women's competition.The age limit for the men teams is under-23; the same as the age limit in football competitions in the Olympic Games, while three overage players are allowed among each squad.

Football at the 2018 Asian Games

Football at the 2018 Asian Games was held from 14 August to 1 September 2018 in Indonesia. One of the host cities, Palembang, hosted the women's event, while the men's matches are played in Bekasi, Cibinong, Cikarang, and Soreang.

The Games' main stadium, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta did not host the football events. The stadium hosted the ceremonies and the athletics.

All the top 20 nations sent their national football teams to the Asian Games excluding India. A total of 25 men's team and 11 women's team competed at the Asian Games. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) refused to clear the Indian football team to participate in the tournament due its policy of only sending national teams that were ranked among the top eight at the continental level (India were ranked 14th at the time in Asia). The decision was opposed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) who described the IOA as lacking "vision and competence", and that the IOA did not consider the recent form and upwards movement of the Indian national football team in FIFA World Rankings. This was the first time that the Indian football team did not participate in the tournament since the 1994 Asian Games. Several nations also refused to participate most notably including Tajikistan, Maldives, Yemen and Lebanon; the latter two teams will participate in 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

List of Asian Games medalists in football

This is the complete list of Asian Games medalists in football from 1951 to 2018.

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