2016 AFC Under-23 Championship Qatar
The 2016 AFC U-23 Championship (also known as the 2016 AFC U-23 Asian Cup) will be the 2nd edition of the AFC U-23 Championship, the quadrennial international age-restricted football championship organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the men's under-23 national teams of Asia. The tournament will be held in Qatar between 12th to 30th January 2016. A total of 16 teams will play in the tournament. The tournament was also renamed from the "AFC U-22 Championship" to the "AFC U-23 Championship".
For the first time, the AFC U-23 Championship acts as the AFC qualifiers for the Olympic football tournament, replacing the previous process of home-and-away Olympic qualifiers. The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's football tournament in Rio, Brazil as the AFC representatives.