The 2022 Women’s Asian Cup, to be hosted by India, will be held from January 20 to February 6, the Asian Football Confederation introduced on Thursday.
The event will function 12 groups, expanded from eight in the earlier version, comprising three teams of 4 with a minimal of 25 matches being performed over 18 days. Eight groups will qualify for the newly-introduced quarterfinals.
The occasion may even function a qualification event for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which can see a report 5 Asian groups seal their spots to be a part of co-host Australia for the newly-expanded 32-team world showpiece.
The Qualifiers for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup is about to happen from September 13 to 25 in a centralised venue because the continent’s hopefuls compete for the ultimate eight spots to be a part of the three highest-ranked sides from the final version — Japan, Australia and China, who alongside host India obtain automated qualification.
AFC General Secretary Dato Windsor John mentioned: “India has seen incredible growth in recent years, and we are confident that the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India will present another historic step in the incredible journey of Indian football – one that will strengthen the passion for the game and leave a lasting impact for future generations of women footballers and passionate fans.”
The event is among the two marquee occasions being held in the nation next year because the internet hosting rights of the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was additionally handed to India after the 2020 occasion was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The AFC Women’s Asian Cup will not only kick-start 2022 but will be a momentous year for women’s football in India with two big events. We have seen the incremental growth and rise in popularity of women’s football with the hosting of international tournaments, and 2022 will be an important step in this journey,” All India Football Federation President, Praful Patel mentioned.
“With the tournament expanded to 12 teams for this edition, fans will have the chance to see the best women footballers from around the Continent in India. Our preparations as hosts are on track, and we’re confident of delivering a world-class tournament for teams and fans,” he added.
India has additionally hosted the AFC U-16 Championships in 2016 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017.