The men’s under-17 (U-17메이저놀이터) national team led by coach Byun Seong-hwan will play in the group stage against Iran, Afghanistan and Qatar at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-17 Asian Cup held in Thailand in June. play
On the 30th local time, the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-17 Asian Cup final draw was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Korea is in Group B along with Iran, Afghanistan and Qatar.
The 16 teams are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams to play the group stage, and the 1st and 2nd places in each group advance to the quarterfinals to determine the winner.
If you finish in the top 4 in this competition, you can participate in the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Peru in November.
In the Asian Cup preliminaries held in October last year, Korea finished second in Group J with a record of 1 win and 1 loss, earning the right to advance to the finals. The national team, which had qualified for the Asian Cup finals, won the 4-nation friendly tournament (Korea, Croatia, Turkey, and Denmark) held in Croatia last month.
The AFC U-17 Asian Cup, first started in 1985, has been held every two years since 1986. Korea won the championship twice (1986, 2002) and will challenge for the third championship in 21 years.
The recently held U-17 Asian Cup is the 2018 tournament. Korea advanced to the quarterfinals at the time and advanced to the quarterfinals at the U-17 World Cup held in Brazil the following year. Since then, the tournament has not been held due to the aftermath of COVID-19.