How to watch AFC Asian Cup: live stream Qatar 2023 online and on TV, teams, results, full schedule

Son Heung-min, wearing a red and black South Korea soccer shirt, warms up for the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar.
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Hosted by defending champions Qatar, the AFC Asian Cup 2023 sees the continent’s biggest teams go for glory. Why '2023'? The tournament was originally set for last summer, but high temperatures saw the tournament postponed until 2024. 

The final is all set after Jordan overcame South Korea 2-0 and Qatar fired a late winner to secure a 3-2 victory over Iran. Can the hosts now successfully defend their Asian Cup crown? Or will Jordan spring a surprise and land their first title?

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 is airing for FREE in some countries. But don't worry if you're traveling while it's on — because you can watch the AFC Asian Cup live streams from anywhere with a VPN.

Watch AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams: TV schedule, dates

► Dates: January 12 – February 10, 2024
► Time: Daily from 6:30 a.m. ET / 3:30 a.m PT / 11:30 a.m. GMT / 10:30 p.m. AEDT
 U.S. — Paramount Plus
► Watch anywhere — Try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Qatari supporters had little to cheer after losing all three matches at the 2022 World Cup, but there is a sense of expectation among supporters ahead of the AFC Asian Cup. The Maroons defeated four-time winners Japan 3-1 in the 2019 final and will be desperate to repeat that success under new manager Tintín Márquez.

Japan and South Korea, however, have some serious firepower at their disposal. Heung-min Son and Hee-chan Hwang have scored a total of 22 goals in the Premier League so far this season, and the Samurai Blue are captained by Liverpool midfielder Wataru Endo. 

The tournament format sees 24 teams from the Asian Football Confederation, which includes countries from Oceania and the Middle East, split into six groups of four with the top two — and the four best-ranked third teams — progressing to the last 16. Then it’s a straight knockout until the final at the near 89,000-capacity Lusail Stadium. 

Make sure you know how to catch all the football action by tuning in to watch AFC Asian Cup live streams. Scroll down for all the groups and fixtures. 

FREE AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams

How to watch AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams for FREE

In Australia, fans can watch all of the Socceroos games – plus the semi-finals and the final – for FREE on streaming service 10Play (complete with English commentary). 

In Indonesian, there are FREE live streams of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 shown on RCTI+

It's also worth noting that Paramount Plus, which has the rights to the whole tournament in the U.S., offers new users a 7-day FREE trial.

But what if you're based in one of countries, but aren't at home for a particular AFC Asian Cup live stream? Maybe you're on holiday and don't want to spend money on pay TV in another country, when you'd usually be able to watch for free at home?

Don't worry — you can watch it via a VPN instead. We'll show you how to do that below.

AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams around the world

How to watch AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams from anywhere with a VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.

For instance, a Brit who's currently in the U.S. could watch the AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams on Paramount Plus, even though they're not in the U.K. 

They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN. It's fast, works on loads of devices and even offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.


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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.K. and want to view an Australian service, you'd select Australia from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to 10Play and watch the AFC Asian Cup. 

AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams by country

How to watch AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams in the U.S.

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Soccer fans in the U.S. can watch AFC Asian Cup live streams on Paramount Plus. That costs $5.99/month for the basic package or $11.99 without ads, but there's currently a 7-day FREE trial of the service, so it's well worth checking out if you haven't used it before.

If you already use this service but aren't in the U.S. right now, you can watch the AFC Asian Cup live streams by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN.


Paramount Plus combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from the deep ViacomCBS vault. For $5.99 per month, get access to Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight, as well as all of the AFC Asian Cup. 

Can you watch AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams in the U.K.?

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As yet, no deal has been done for the AFC Asian Cup 2024 broadcast rights in the U.K.

That said, it's not unusual for late deals to be done for the AFC Asian Cup live streams, so keep your eyes peeled. 

How to watch the AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams in Australia

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If you want to watch the AFC Asian Cup 2023 live streams from Australia you'll need to have access to Paramount Plus

Subscriptions to Paramount Plus cost $9.99 a month in Australia. Paramount Plus also comes with an annual subscription option that costs $89.99. If you choose this, you can save 24.93% annually. 

Socceroos fans can also watch all of the Australia games for FREE thanks to them being shown on streaming service 10Play

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use ExpressVPN to watch all the action on your travels as if you were back home.

AFC Asian Cup Groups

  • Group A: Qatar, China, Lebanon, Tajikistan
  • Group B: Australia, Syria, India, Uzbekistan
  • Group C: Iran, UAE, Hong Kong, Palestine
  • Group D: Japan, Indonesia, Iraq, Vietnam
  • Group E: South Korea, Malaysia, Jordan, Bahrain
  • Group F: Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Oman

AFC Asian Cup Fixtures

AFC Asian Cup 2023 fixture list 

(All times GMT)

Friday, January 12
Qatar 3-0 Lebanon

Saturday, January 14
Australia 2-0 India
China 0-0 Tajikistan
Uzbekistan 0-0 Syria

Sunday, January 14
Japan 4-2 Vietnam
UAE 3-1 Hong Kong
Iran 4-1 Palestine

Monday, January 15
South Korea 3-1 Bahrain
Indonesia 1-3 Iraq
Malaysia 0-4 Jordan 

Tuesday, January 16
Thailand 2-0 Kyrgyzstan
Saudi Arabia 2-1 Oman 

Wednesday, January 17
Lebanon 0-0 China
Tajikistan 0-1 Qatar

Thursday, January 18
Syria 0-1 Australia
India 0-3 Uzbekistan
Palestine 1-1 UAE 

Friday, January 19
Iraq 2-1 Japan
Vietnam 0-1 Indonesia
Hong Kong 0-1 Iran 

Saturday, January 20
Jordan 2-2 South Korea
Bahrain 1-0 Malaysia 

Sunday, January 21
Oman 0-0 Thailand
Kyrgyzstan 0-2 Saudi Arabia 

Monday, January 22
Qatar 1-0 China
Tajikistan 2-1 Lebanon 

Tuesday, January 23
Australia 1-1 Uzbekistan
Syria 1-0 India
Hong Kong 0-3 Palestine
Iran 2-1 UAE 

Wednesday, January 24
Japan 3-1 Indonesia
Iraq 3-2 Vietnam - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 25
South Korea 3-3 Malaysia
Jordan 0-1 Bahrain
Kyrgyzstan 1-1 Oman
Saudi Arabia 0-0 Thailand 

Sunday, January 28
Tajikistan 1-1 UAE - Tajikistan win on penalties
Australia 4-0 Indonesia 

Monday, January 29
Iraq 2-3 Jordan
Qatar 2-1 Palestine 

Tuesday, January 30
Uzbekistan 2-1 Thailand
Saudi Arabia 1-1 South Korea - South Korea win on penalties 

Wednesday, January 31
Bahrain 1-3 Japan
Iran 1-1 Syria - Iran win on penalties 

Friday, February 2
Tajikistan 0-1 Jordan
Australia 1-2 South Korea 

Saturday, February 3
Iran 2-1 Japan
Qatar 1-1 Uzbekistan - Qatar win on penalties 

Tuesday, February 6
Jordan 2-0 South Korea 

Wednesday, February 7
Iran 2-3 Qatar 

Saturday, February 10
Jordan vs Qatar - 3 p.m.

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Adrian is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about sport for a wide range of publications including World Soccer Magazine, Newsweek, Yahoo and FourFourTwo. Having covered everything from the NBA Finals and French Open to the London Olympics and F1 in Abu Dhabi, his great passion remains soccer – a sport he could write and talk about all day long.