Road to 2023: Asia’s emerging cast chases World Cup dream
Kuala Lumpur: The June 25 confirmation of Australia and New Zealand as 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosts was a cause for celebration not only for the two host nations, but for ambitious women’s national teams throughout Asia.
Australia’s new status as an automatic qualifier, coupled with the 2023 tournament’s expansion from 24 to 32 teams, means the race to reach the pinnacle of the women’s game has never been more open.
As attention shifts towards what promises to be a golden month of football in 2023, Asia’s emerging nations are embracing their best ever chance to reach the World Cup Finals, setting the stage for a key period in the development of the women’s game in Asia.
Joining the-AFC.com to discuss the road ahead are Philippines goalkeeper Inna Palacios, Vietnamese captain Huynh Nhu, and Bala Devi, who will be among India’s star players when they host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022.
A tournament of firsts: FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 will break new ground
Sydney: Australia and New Zealand have been selected as joint hosts of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 in a landmark decision by FIFA on Thursday.
More teams, revenue, fans
The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 will be groundbreaking in more ways than one way. It will be the first with 32 teams, up from the 24 nations who competed at last year's Finals in France, won by the United States. That means more matches and more revenue to be ploughed back into women's football.
The sports-mad host nations are expecting 1.5 million spectators, which would be another record, while prize money is set to be most ever offered, reflecting the growth of the game.
It will be the first women's World Cup co-hosted by cooperating nations and the first to take place in the southern hemisphere.
AFC President congratulates Australia/New Zealand on being named as 2023 hosts
Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President today congratulated the historic and technically superior bid by Australia and New Zealand for winning the rights to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The FIFA Council decided to award Australia/New Zealand hosting rights beating their South American rivals Colombia and Shaikh Salman declared it – "a great day for women’s football and another show of faith in Asia’s outstanding ability to host global events."
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Forwards
Kuala Lumpur: With international football not set to return until later in the year, the-AFC.com continues its look back at some of Asia's greatest performers at the FIFA World Cup and asks you, the fans, to vote for the Best XI.
Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Cup.
From scenes in Singapore to joy in Jakarta and incredible climaxes in Guwahati, Hisor and Al Wakrah, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.