Football at the Asian Games

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Football at the Asian Games
Founded1951 (Men)
1990 (Women)
RegionAFC (Asia)
Current champions South Korea (M)
 Japan (W)
(2018)
Most successful team(s) South Korea (M)
(5 titles)
 China PR &  North Korea (W)
(3 titles each)
2018 (M), 2018 (W)

Men's football tournament has been a regular Asian Games sporting event since the 1951 edition, while women's tournament 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.

Japan is the only nation have won both Gold medals of Men's and Women's tournament in a Asian Games (2010).

History[edit]

Men's tournaments[edit]

Summaries[edit]

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 U-23
2–1
Japan U-23

South Korea U-23
3–0
Thailand U-23
2006
details
Qatar
Doha, Qatar

Qatar U-23
1–0
Iraq U-23

Iran U-23
1–0 aet
South Korea U-23
2010
details
China
Guangzhou, China

Japan U-23
1–0
United Arab Emirates U-23

South Korea U-23
4–3
Iran U-23
2014
details
South Korea
Incheon, South Korea

South Korea U-23
1–0 aet
North Korea U-23

Iraq U-23
1–0
Thailand U-23
2018
details
Indonesia
JakartaPalembang, Indonesia

South Korea U-23
2–1 aet
Japan U-23

United Arab Emirates U-23
1–1
(4–3 pen.)

Vietnam U-23
2022
details
China
HangzhouZhejiang, China

*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.
3 2022 Asian Games men's qualifying has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

Medal table[edit]

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

Participating nations[edit]

Football at the Asian Games was a senior tournament until 1998.
Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Nation India
1951
(6)
Philippines
1954
(12)
Japan
1958
(14)
Indonesia
1962
(8)
Thailand
1966
(11)
Thailand
1970
(10)
Iran
1974
(15)
Thailand
1978
(14)
India
1982
(16)
South Korea
1986
(18)
China
1990
(14)
Japan
1994
(19)
Thailand
1998
(23)
South Korea
2002
(24)
Qatar
2006
(28)
China
2010
(24)
South Korea
2014
(29)
Indonesia
2018
(25)
China
2022
TBD
 Afghanistan 4th 12th 24th 25th
 Bahrain 14th 14th 12th 10th 7th 9th 18th 16th
 Bangladesh 13th 12th 14th 13th DQ 20th 24th 24th 20th 15th
 Bhutan
 Brunei DQ DQ
 Cambodia 7th 19th
 China PR 10th 3rd 7th 8th 6th 2nd 3rd 5th 5th 12th 15th 9th
 Hong Kong 5th 6th 9th 14th 22nd 14th 13th 10th 10th 14th
 India 1st 8th 4th 1st 8th 3rd 13th 8th 6th 16th DQ DQ 16th 10th 14th 14th 26th
 Indonesia 6th 4th 3rd 5th 5th 5th 4th DQ DQ 27th 11th 10th
 Iran 2nd 14th 2nd 8th 1st 8th 6th 1st 9th 1st 1st 3rd 4th 23rd 13th
 Iraq 5th 4th 1st 7th DQ 2nd DQ 3rd DQ
 Israel 5th DQ 2nd
 Japan 3rd 10th 12th 6th 3rd 4th 9th 9th 5th 9th 8th 7th 9th 2nd 11th 1st 5th 2nd
 Jordan DQ 19th 21st 7th
 Kazakhstan DQ 10th
 North Korea 4th 1st 4th 2nd 13th 8th 8th 5th 2nd 7th
 South Korea 2nd 2nd 2nd 11th 1st 8th 1st 9th 1st 3rd 4th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 1st 1st
 Kuwait 6th 5th 2nd 3rd 7th 3rd 2nd 5th 10th 11th 18th
 Kyrgyzstan 17th 23rd 16th 20th
 Laos 21st 27th 23rd
 Lebanon 12th 12th
 Macau 28th
 Malaysia 13th 3rd 10th 10th 3rd 7th 14th 15th 12th 12th 17th 23rd 16th 19th 12th
 Maldives 20th 22nd 20th 17th 21st
 Mongolia DQ 23rd DQ
 Myanmar ( Burma) 5th 3rd 11th DQ 1st 1st 7th 12th 13th 16th DQ 19th
   Nepal 16th 18th 18th 17th 29th 22nd
 Oman DQ 10th 10th 11th 9th 16th 6th 22nd
 Pakistan 6th 9th 11th 17th 14th 23rd 21st 22nd 24th 17th
 Palestine DQ 21st 22nd 20th 14th 11th
 Philippines 11th 8th 8th 15th
 Qatar 11th 13th DQ 13th 5th 11th 1st 9th 21st
 Saudi Arabia 10th 3rd 2nd 5th 5th 6th 8th
 Singapore 9th 10th 4th 11th 26th 19th 17th
 Sri Lanka
 Syria 10th 12th 6th
 Chinese Taipei 1st 1st DQ 9th 25th
 Tajikistan 14th DQ 25th 13th
 Thailand 7th 6th 6th 12th 6th 10th 11th 4th 15th 4th 4th 7th 7th 4th 18th
 Timor-Leste 28th 24th
 Turkmenistan 7th 8th 18th DQ 13th
 United Arab Emirates 5th 8th 15th 13th 18th 2nd 8th 3rd
 Uzbekistan 1st 7th 16th 6th 8th 9th 5th
 Vietnam ( South Vietnam) 7th 7th 4th 7th 9th 17th 19th 15th 14th 12th 4th
 Yemen ( North Yemen) DQ 10th 17th 15th DQ
 South Yemen 15th

Women's tournaments[edit]

Summaries[edit]

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

Edition Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
1 1990
details
China
Beijing

China
No playoffs
Japan

North Korea
No playoffs
Chinese Taipei
2 1994
details
Japan
Hiroshima

China
2–0
Japan

Chinese Taipei
No playoffs
South Korea
3 1998
details
Thailand
Bangkok

China
1–0 aet
North Korea

Japan
2–1
Chinese Taipei
4 2002
details
South Korea
Busan

North Korea
No playoffs
China

Japan
No playoffs
South Korea
5 2006
details
Qatar
Doha

North Korea
0–0 aet
(4–2) pen

Japan

China
2–0
South Korea
6 2010
details
China
Guangzhou

Japan
1–0
North Korea

South Korea
2–0
China
7 2014
details
South Korea
Incheon

North Korea
3–1
Japan

South Korea
3–0
Vietnam
8 2018
details
Indonesia
JakartaPalembang

Japan
1–0
China

South Korea
4–0
Chinese Taipei
9 2022
details
China
HangzhouZhejiang