2019 AFC Asian Cup
|كأس آسيا 2019|
|Host country||United Arab Emirates|
|Dates||5 January – 1 February|
|Teams||24 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 4 host cities)|
|Goals scored||130 (2.55 per match)|
|Attendance||644,307 (12,633 per match)|
|Fair play award|| |
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the 17th edition of the
For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from
The tournament was won for the first time by
The bidding procedure and timeline for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was approved at the AFC congress on 28 November 2012. The winning bid was originally set to be announced at an AFC congress in June, then November 2014. However, at its 60th Anniversary celebrations at the end of 2014, AFC gave the date of 'summer 2015' to when an announcement would be made.
In January 2015, AFC general secretary Alex Soosay said that Iran and the United Arab Emirates were the only two remaining bidders for the 2019 Asian Cup, and that the eventual hosts would be announced in March 2015.
On 9 March 2015, during an AFC Executive Committee meeting in