Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 draw in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
With the tournament expanded to 12 teams, the sides will be drawn into three groups for the Continental showpiece on January 20-February 6.
India qualified as hosts while Japan, Australia and China PR earned automatic spots based on their 2018 finishes. Eight teams advanced from the qualifiers. Join the-AFC.com as we look at the facts and stats of the 12 teams.
AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ draw set to reveal exciting battles
Kuala Lumpur: The spotlight will be on the stars of Asian women’s football when the leading 12 teams discover their opponents at the anticipated AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ draw ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, October 28, 2021.
The excitement around Asia’s marquee women’s national team competition is starting to build following the completion of the enthralling qualifiers where Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Korea Republic, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam secured their spots to the Finals.
They will join the top three teams from the 2018 showpiece – Japan, Australia and China PR – alongside host India when the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ takes place from January 20 to February 6 with the theme ‘Our Goal for All’.
Alen Stajcic takes charge of Philippines’ Malditas
Manila: Alen Stajcic has been announced as the new head coach of the Philippines women’s national team, replacing Marlon Maro on Tuesday.
Stajcic is regarded as one of Australia’s most accomplished coaches, having led the women’s national team from 2014 to 2019, where they secured runners-up finishes in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and were quarter-finalists in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and in the 2016 Olympics.
Resurgent Brazil hold Australia in friendly thriller
Sydney: Brazil’s women’s national team brought a six-game losing run against Australia to an end in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Western Sydney Stadium on Tuesday.
Goals from Clare Polkinghorne and Sam Kerr had Australia seemingly on the verge of a second victory in four days against the South Americans, but the visitors came storming back into the contest with both Erika and Debinha finding the net in the space of seven second half minutes.
The match continued Australia’s preparation for AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, which will kick off in less than three months on January 20.