AFC President endorses historic Australia/New Zealand bid
Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President today declared his support for the historic and technically superior bid by Australia and New Zealand to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The FIFA Council will decide on the hosts on June 25, 2020 between Australia/New Zealand and Colombia following the decision today by Japan FA to withdraw from the process in another impressive show of Asian football unity.
Bangkok: 75 goals from 115 international appearances. By any standard, Thailand women's national team top scorer Pitsamai Sornsai's goal-scoring rate is impressive. FIFA Women's World Cup-winning captain Megan Rapinoe has managed 52 goals across 168 caps.
And along with the goals have come awards earned and trophies won. Notably, she bagged the Thailand Women's Player of the Year and AFF Women's Player of the Year double in 2018 following her scintillating displays during their title-winning campaign in that year's AFF Women's Championship.
2023 Bid Evaluation Report published – Three bids submitted to FIFA Council
Zurich: Following a detailed assessment of the bid books and visits to the bidding countries, today FIFA confirmed that three bids will be submitted to the FIFA Council in order for it to select the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 host(s) at its meeting to be held online on 25 June 2020.
The three qualifying bids are:
joint submission by Football Federation Australia and New Zealand Football;
submission by the Colombian Football Association;
submission by the Japan Football Association.
The Brazilian Football Association informed FIFA on Monday, 8 June, of its decision to withdraw its bid.
“It makes me feel so proud” – The night Kanjana took Thailand to the World Cup
Bangkok: May 21, 2014. A full stadium, a fiercely competitive regional rivalry and, at the time, the biggest match in the history of the Thailand women’s national team.
It was the sort of stage Kanjana Sung-Ngoen was built for.
The speedy forward played a key role in what was arguably the defining match in the history of the women’s game in Thailand, scoring both goals in a momentous 2-1 win over Vietnam to take the Chaba Kaew to the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the very first time.
FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 host to be selected on June 25
Zurich: June 25 looms as decision day in the race to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, with two AFC Member Associations among the final four candidates.
Australia – which is part of a joint bid with New Zealand – and Japan, are Asia’s bidding nations, with Brazil and Colombia also vying to organise the women’s football extravaganza.
The FIFA Council will select the successful host nation(s) in an online meeting, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a previously scheduled assembly planned for Addis Ababa in early June to be cancelled.
Pioneers Chinese Taipei build for return to former glory
Taipei City: Which Asian team - aside from host nation China PR - reached the quarter-finals of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup? Those of you who immediately identified Chinese Taipei as the correct answer would be pretty handy at a women’s football trivia night.
It seems unlikely now, but Chinese Taipei were a major player in Asia a few decades back. More than that, they were a pioneer of women’s football in one of the game's traditionally strong regions.