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The Numbers Game

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Maysa Jbarah - Jordan

Amman: Excitement is building as the kick-off to the AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018 beckons.

Join as we take a look at the facts and figures of the Continent's premier women's football tournament.

13 – Jordan’s Maysa Jbarah (pictured above) scored 13 goals in five matches to be the most prolific scorer in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 Qualifiers. She scored four goals against both Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, a hat-trick against Bahrain and a double against the Philippines. Jbarah’s lethal finishing earned her a goal every 32 minutes she was on the pitch.

3,665 – The number of days after Philippines veteran Patrice Impelido played in her first AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifier (against Korea Republic in 2008), the defender is set to finally make her tournament debut against Jordan on Matchday One.

17 – Playing in her fifth AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan, Australia’s Lisa De Vanna has previously appeared in 17 matches in the competition and scored seven goals. She has scored at least once in every edition of the tournament since 2006.

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15 – Jordan’s Tala Al Barghouthy is the youngest player in the tournament at just 15 years of age. She will turn 16 on April 11.

37 – Chalise Baysa of the Philippines is the tournament’s oldest registered player. She will be 37 years and 97 days old when the Malditas face Jordan on Matchday One,

38 – China PR were undefeated in their first 38 matches at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup after their first participation in 1986. Their first loss finally came against DPR Korea in the 2001 semi-final, but only after the Steel Roses had lifted the trophy seven times.

42,500 – The tournament’s record crowd came at the April 2017 DPR Korea vs. Korea Republic match during the 2018 qualifiers. A 76th minute Jang Sel-gi equaliser secured a precious point for Yoon Duk-yeo’s side on the road to Jordan.

16 – Australian star Sam Kerr was 16 years and 262 days old when she scored the opening goal in the 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup final against DPR Korea. Australia went on to win 5-4 on penalties to lift the title for the first time.

6 – Japan have six FIFA Women’s World Cup winners in their Jordan 2018 squad. Saki Kumagai (pictured above), Mizuho Sakaguchi, Nahomi Kawasumi, Aya Sameshima and Mana Iwabuchi played in the final, and Rumi Utusgi was in the squad, when Norio Sasaki’s beat the United States to lift the trophy in Germany in 2011.

45 – Vietnam’s Huynh Nhu was good for a goal every 45 minutes in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 Qualifiers. The striker scored six goals in 270 minutes on the pitch in Hanoi, with her hat-trick against Singapore providing the largest goal haul.

3 – It took Thailand’s Suchawadee Nildhamrong just three minutes to score the crucial goal against Chinese Taipei which took the Southeast Asians to Jordan 2018. It was the forward’s first start for the national team, having made her debut as a substitute against Palestine four days earlier.

21 - The number of players in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 who are registered to clubs or institutions in the domestic football leagues of the United States, the most of any nation outside Asia. The nation is also home to Jordan head coach Michael Dickey.

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