Organised by the Asian Football Confederation, the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 promises three weeks of exciting international football - right on our doorstep. January 2019 sees the UAE hosting the biggest ever Asian Football Championship, its 17th tournament, taking place over 28 days, with 51 matches, 24 national teams, 8 stadiums and 4 cities across the UAE.
Under the themes "UAE Home of Football" and "Bringing Asia Together" this edition of the world's second longest running men's football competition in the world represents the second time the UAE has played host, with its first run as hosts back in 1996.
With teams from countries as diverse and as Australia, Uzbekistan, North and South Korea, Philippines, India and Vietnam, we are sure to see some exciting matches. The UAE is in Group A of six groups, pitted against Thailand, India and Bahrain. Dubai will host 11 matches in two stadiums- Al Maktoum and Rashid- with an expected audience in excess of 126,000 fans.