50 days to go: India 2022 to deliver a truly global AFC Women’s Asian Cup™
Mumbai: The AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ promises to be a spectacular celebration of women’s football with the showpiece expected to excite a global audience when it kicks-off from January 20 to February 6.
With five of the world’s top 20 nations from Asia, India 2022 will bring together a world-class ensemble of international stars and household names who continue to be in high demand from some of the biggest women’s clubs in world football.
Australia leave it late to draw against world champion Americans
Newcastle: A late equaliser from Kyah Simon gave Australia a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw against reigning world champions the United States at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday.
The Americans looked like making it two wins from two in their Australian tour when Ashley Hatch put them ahead in the opening minutes, but the hosts kept themselves in the game before levelling via Simon’s deflected effort in the 88th minute.
The match formed part of Australia’s preparations for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, which begins on January 20.
Japan impress as clash of champions ends in stalemate
The Hague: AFC Women’s Asian Cup holders Japan had the better of the 90 minutes but were ultimately unable to capitalise in a 0-0 draw against the Netherlands on Monday.
In a match featuring the champion teams of Europe and Asia, Futoshi Ikeda’s side held their opponents to just one shot at goal for the match but failed to make their ascendancy count on the scoreboard in one of their final outings before they defend their continental title in India in January.
Kuala Lumpur: Grace Dangmei believes India are on the right path to not only shine in the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 but beyond.
Dangmei's optimism stems from the extensive groundwork that has taken place - both at club and national team in the South Asian country in recent times.
The Indian squad is currently on a playing tour in Brazil while Dangmei's club Sree Gokulam Kerala are fresh off their participation in the 2021 AFC Women’s Club Championship, an experience which the forward described as immense.
Tomiyasu, Dabbagh, Egy & Al Taamari: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s contingent outside the continent were in fine form this week, delivering match-winning goals and assists through Europe and beyond.
The likes of Tomiyasu and Ito flew the flag for Japan, Palestinian forward Oday Dabbagh starred in Portugal, while Indonesia’s Egy Maulana Vikri scored a thunderbolt in an unforgettable match in Slovakia.
There were also moments of sheer brilliance from Justin Meram and Aias Aosman, while Musa Al Taamari and Cameron Devlin contributed to important wins for their respective sides.
But who stood out as the best Asian player outside Asia for the week of November 24 to 30? Study our nominees and don’t forget to cast your vote!
Kuala Lumpur: Eagerly anticipated reforms designed to elevate AFC’s club competitions to the next level are set to be introduced in the near future.
While addressing the AFC Executive Committee on November 21, 2021, AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “I am pleased to note that the AFC competitions continue to grow. There will be changes to the rules on foreign players, as well as to our competitions calendar. These are all part of the strategy to improve our players, clubs and national teams on the world stage.”