AFC aims to strengthen Women’s Football with data-driven approach
Kuala Lumpur: Following the successful staging of the historic Women's Club Championship 2019 - FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament in the Korea Republic, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has commenced an extensive survey exercise among its 47 Member Associations (MAs) to better understand the current status of women’s domestic club competitions.
Led by the AFC Competitions and Football Events Division, the survey includes five sections with 62 questions, encompassing the general information of domestic women’s leagues and clubs, administration details, youth development, inter management systems, promotion and commercial situations.
Suzhou: China PR’s women’s national team will return to the training pitch next week, resuming their bid to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Jia Xiquan’s charges will embark on a four-week training camp in Suzhou, with a squad of 23 players called to participate, the Chinese Football Association said on Friday.
The team will use the camp to rebuild their fitness in preparation for a two-legged play-off with Korea Republic, with the winners to join Japan and Australia as Asia’s Olympic women’s football representatives.
Kuala Lumpur: Inspired by the International Women’s Day, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) along with 30 Member Associations (MA) in Asia celebrated the sixth AFC Women’s Football Day by organising various football activities across the Continent in March.
Tokyo 2020 - Play-off 2nd Leg: Australia seal Olympic berth
Quang Ninh: Australia sealed their place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, beating Vietnam 2-1 on the night, and 7-1 on aggregate, to complete a convincing qualifying campaign at Cam Pha Stadium on Wednesday.
Early goals from Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso, added to Australia’s 5-0 first leg lead, before Vietnamese skipper Huynh Nhu produced a moment for the hosts to savour by spectacularly lobbing Lydia Williams from distance 10 minutes after the interval.
The Matildas win means Australia will be represented in both men’s and women’s football at an Olympic Games for the first time since 2004, with China PR and Korea Republic to compete for the final Asian ticket to Tokyo 2020 in the coming months.
Amman: "This is the most difficult moment in our lives. We never imagined we’d be here, but to end our career on the same day is some consolation. Bringing the curtain down on your playing days is truly difficult."
This was how three members of the Jordanian national team, captain Stephanie Al Naber, and her teammates Yasmeen Khair and Shorouq Shazly, summed up their feelings on officially retiring.
The trio decided to hang up their boots after illustrious careers going back to 2005, when the Jordanian women’s national team was created.
The rise of Asian women’s football – on and off the pitch
Kuala Lumpur: As the world marks International Women’s Day on Sunday, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) continues to celebrate the contributions of women involved in the sport - and the future of Asian women’s football looks brighter than ever.
The AFC remains committed to encourage more women to work in football and the results have been overwhelming - with four women currently in the AFC Executive Committee - while six Member Associations (MA) have appointed women General Secretaries.
India recommended as host for AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022
Kuala Lumpur: India has been recommended as the first South Asian hosts for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 by the AFC Women’s Football Committee which met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today as part of the AFC’s commitment to grow the women’s game.
It was felt that India, who will also have the experience of hosting the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup later this year, was best placed among the three bidders – Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan were the other competing candidates – to maximise the promotion of the women’s game.
The stadiums proposed by India – D Y Patil Stadium and Trans Stadia Arena – are also being used in the FIFA tournament. India was the host of the AFC Under-16 Championships in 2016 and the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 and the Committee agreed the country could continue raising the standards of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup.