The Asian Football Confederation have confirmed the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup will be played in June and July of 2023.
The competition will be spread across 10 different cities in China and is scheduled to begin on June 16 2023, with the final to be played a month later on July 16.
The Socceroos will automatically qualify for the tournament in 2023, if they finish top of their current World Cup Qualifying Group.
At this stage, Australia sits above Kuwait and Jordan in the group with 12 points after winning all of their first four games.
AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John said of the recent announcement: “The AFC Asian Cup continues to grow in stature and in prestige, with each edition surpassing all expectations and we are confident that the upcoming tournament in China PR will be the biggest and greatest in Asian football history.
“We know that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Chinese Football Association will deliver a truly historic tournament in 2023. Already, we have seen the LOC make incredible progress in terms of infrastructure development despite the challenges we have seen across the world.
“We applaud them for their commitment and hard work, and we are pleased to confirm the tournament dates, which represent another important milestone in our journey and plans to engage with more fans than ever before.”
Shi Qiang, the General Secretary of the LOC said: “With the confirmation of the competition dates, the LOC will be able to organise the preparatory work precisely and systematically. Now the preparatory work, including professional football stadium construction, competition organisation, event support, volunteers’ programme, is proceeding well as scheduled. We will work together with the AFC, to host a wonderful tournament.”