Kuala Lumpur: The excitement is building as the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 draws ever nearer to the opening ceremony on July 20 as a record six Asian nations prepare to compete at the festival of football.
With the clocking ticking down, the-AFC.com continues its trip down memory lane to look at the Asian teams’ performance through the years, this time by shining the spotlight on the 2010s.
The undoubted highlight was Japan’s crowning glory in 2011, while knockout round appearances for Australia, China PR and Korea Republic, as well as a debut for Thailand, were also notable.
Kuala Lumpur: As the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand rapidly approaches its big kick-off on July 20, the-AFC.com continues to look back through the decades at how Asian teams have performed at the global showpiece.
This time, we reflect on the 2000s, which saw two more knockout round appearances for China PR, DPR Korea breaking new ground, Australia representing the Asian Football Confederation for the first time and Japanese legend Homare Sawa scoring her first World Cup goals.
Kuala Lumpur: The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 will get underway on July 20 with 32 national teams, of which a record six are representing Asia, fighting for the coveted prize as the tournament returns for its ninth edition.
Along with co-hosts and world No. 10 Australia, 2011 champions Japan, former finalists and reigning Asian champions China PR, AFC Asian Cup™ 2022 runners-up Korea Republic and debutants Vietnam and the Philippines are set to feature in the competition.
As we get ever closer to the big event, the-AFC.com takes a look back at how Asian teams have performed in the FIFA Women’s World Cup over the last three decades. We start with the 1990s during which the continent hosted the inaugural edition and pulled off a string of impressive results.
Sydney: Philippines head coach Alen Stajcic has named his 23-player squad for the country’s first-ever appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Tahnai Annis captaining the side that will feature in Australia & New Zealand 2023 later this month.
The Filipinas will begin their campaign against Switzerland in Dunedin on July 21 before taking on co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington on July 25 and finishing off their Group A commitments in Auckland against Norway.
Qingdao: China PR head coach Shui Qingxia featured in the very first FIFA Women’s World Cup match as a player and now she’s aiming to return her nation to former glory from the touchline.
Late on a mid-November evening in 1991, a 20-metre high Fenghuang (a mythical, phoenix-like creature), trailed by dozens of smaller ones, strode across the pitch at the Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou in front of 60,000 spectators. It was the start of an enduring love affair between China PR and the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Kumagai relying on championship DNA to carry Japan's hopes
Chiba: As the last remaining player to have experienced Japan's 2011 triumph, Saki Kumagai is set to shoulder her country once again in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 – but with plenty at stake.
There’s a lot riding on the shoulders of the Nadeshiko captain, from having to carry her team at the fast-approaching Women’s World Cup to passing on the 2011 championship DNA to the next generation of Nadeshikos and to playing for her long-time friend Mana Iwabuchi, who did not make the cut for Australia-New Zealand.