The All India Football Federation AIFF could host Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 as the federation has joined the race to earn the hosting rights for grand tournament. Apart from India, countries like Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan have also showed their interest in hosting Asian Cup 2022.
Moreover, the tournament will feature a total of five teams including Japan (current Asian Cup champions), Australia (runners-up of 2018 edition), China PR, Korea Republic and last but not the least Thailand. Last year, the Women’s Asian Cup tournament was held at Jordan which also became the first country in West Asia to host the glitzy football carnival for women . This would be the 20th edition of Asian Cup since its inaugural edition held in 1975.
As per the official statement released by Asian Football Confederation (AFC), “the All India Football Federation and the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) who hosted the tournament in 1979 and 2001 respectively, as well as the Uzbekistan Football Association (UFA) submitted their interest to bid by the May 31, 2019, deadline”. All three associations will next be invited to give nomination about their proposed venues for the grand tournament after which the hosting country will be selected in the second quarter of 2020.
Moreover, India has earned the rights to host FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 and the event will be organised at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. However, the final showdown will take place at Kolkata in Salt Lake Stadium. In the last year’s edition of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Spain conquered the title against Mexico with an amazing win by a margin of 3-0 in the finals at Uruguay.
This tournament will be the initial step for Indian Women’s Football Team to secure their berth in FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 which is scheduled to start from June 7, 2019 to July 7, 2019 in France. Apart from France, many countries including England, Korea Republic, South Africa and New Zealand showed their interest to host the biggest football tournament but France won the bid and got the hosting rights. This would be the eighth edition of FIFA Women’s World Cup which will feature 14 national teams including Canada, China, South Africa, Australia, United States, Chile, France, The Netherlands, South Korea, England, Nigeria, Brazil, New Zealand and Norway.