Kuala Lumpur: As Asia’s elite clubs prepare to embark on a history-making AFC Women’s Club Championship in Yongin, the new competition is set to provide a platform for some of the Continent’s brightest young stars.
With a shot at a maiden Continental title at stake, the-AFC.com highlights five of the brightest talents to keep an eye on at the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament.
Kuala Lumpur: With four of Asia’s top clubs soon to lock horns at the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic, the competition is set to feature stars of the women’s game from Asia and beyond.
A total of 24 players from this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France are on the books of the four participating clubs, who supplied national team stars for six different sides in the global showpiece.
Having already appeared on the biggest stage in the international game, those players will now be among the first to experience the continental spotlight in club football, with Yongin to host the landmark competition, starting with a double header on Tuesday.
With the countdown to those fixtures drawing ever closer, the-AFC.com looks at the World Cup stars at each side’s disposal in the competition ahead.
History, star players, coaches: All you need to know about the contenders
Kuala Lumpur: History will be made on Tuesday, when four of Asia’s elite women’s clubs take to the Continental stage in the inaugural AFC Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic.
Having proven themselves on the domestic front, Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, Nippon TV Beleza, Melbourne Victory and Jiangsu Suning Ladies Football Club will have the chance to claim the title of Asia’s best, with six high-quality matches over three Matchdays to determine the maiden champions at the FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament.
With the countdown to the landmark event approaching its final days, the-AFC.com shines the spotlight on the four teams competing in Yongin.
Incheon Hyundai Red Steel Angels make it seven titles in a row
Incheon: Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels have secured another WK League Championship, claiming the title after defeating Suwon UDC 1-0 on aggregate in the 2019 final, completed on Monday.
Brazilian forward Thais Guedes scored the decisive goal 71 minutes into the second leg, steering Incheon to glory from close range after the first leg had finished goalless last Thursday.
Incheon’s title is their seventh league crown in succession, continuing a stunning run of success which began in 2013, with the club also finishing on top of the table at the end of the regular season in all seven of their championship-winning years.
Tokyo: Japan international Mina Tanaka completed a perfect domestic season, earning the Nadeshiko League’s Most Valuable Player Award for the second successive year.
The Nippon TV Beleza captain won the accolade after scoring a league-best 20 goals to lead her side to a record-breaking fifth consecutive title, three points ahead of Urawa Reds.
Tanaka - an AFC Women’s Asian Cup winner in 2018 but left out of the Nadeshiko FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 squad – has now won back to back MVP Awards and four consecutive scoring titles in Japan’s top-flight competition.
Stage set for Women’s Club Championship in Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: The eagerly-anticipated line-up for the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) latest club competition – the Women’s Club Championship – has been finalised after Korea Republic was confirmed as the host Member Association for the pilot FIFA/AFC tournament, which is scheduled to take place from November 26 to 30, 2019.
Australia’s Melbourne Victory, Nippon TV Beleza from Japan, China PR’s Jiangsu Suning Ladies Football Club and Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels from Korea Republic will go down in the history books as the first four Asian clubs aiming to clinch the first-ever title in a tournament organised for women’s clubs in Asia.