Excitement, key matches and the road ahead: Asia reacts to the India 2022 draw
Kuala Lumpur: Among the thousands of viewers from around Asia and beyond who tuned in for Thursday’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Official Draw were players and coaches eager to discover their path to continental glory.
What they saw was a draw delivering several must-see matches, rekindling classic regional rivalries, and providing room to dream for all 12 teams at Asia’s premier women’s football event.
Here at the-AFC.com, we’ve been busy seeking out first-hand reactions from those who will be directly involved in the tournament, with head coaches and star players from all 12 teams sharing their views on the road ahead to India 2022, which is now just 83 days away.
AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ set for thrilling opening matches
Kuala Lumpur: The celebration of women’s football at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ will kick off on January 20 between eight-time champions China PR and Chinese Taipei to set the tone for an entertaining campaign next year.
Following the official draw ceremony held today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Steel Roses will face Chinese Taipei in Group A at the Mumbai Football Arena at 3.30pm (local time). Host nation India go head-to-head against the Islamic Republic of Iran, who are making their debut, in the opening day action at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai at 7.30pm.
Bell seeks Korea Republic improvements after USA defeat
Minnesota: Korea Republic head coach Colin Bell will look to improve his players’ fitness ahead of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 after seeing his side handed a 6-0 loss by the United States just days after holding Vlatko Andonovski’s team to a goalless draw.
The result at the weekend snapped the United States’ run of 22 straight wins at home, but Bell’s side were punished in Minnesota on Tuesday by an American side that scored three times in the final five minutes against the tiring Koreans.
Sydney: Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson wants the Matildas to play as many games against high-class opposition as possible to prepare his squad for the country’s co-hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The Australians were held to a 2-2 draw by Brazil on Tuesday in the second of back-to-back clashes with the South Americans, with Gustavsson’s side winning the opening encounter 3-1 on Saturday.
The Matildas will play two more friendlies next month against as-yet unannounced opponents before travelling for January’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, where they will be among the favourites to win the title.
Beyond Greatness™ – game-changing new brand identity revealed for FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™
Zurich: FIFA has revealed an exciting and bold new brand identity for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, incorporating a vibrant new visual approach that aims to unite and inspire people around the world through the power of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and women’s football.
The brand identity and emblem incorporate the vibrant local landscapes and rich colours of the two hosts, building a palette based on the rainforests, earth, mountains, cities, and water of the two countries. A radial motif featuring 32 colourful squares – celebrating the new expansion to 32 participating nations, and an element commonly seen across the indigenous cultures of Australia and New Zealand – is a prominent part of the design.
The motif symbolises not only the world’s best teams coming together, but also the spirit and values of the two host countries radiating back out into the world, with football at its core.