Qualifiers - Group A Preview: Korea Republic confident, Myanmar and Vietnam relishing challenge
Jeju: Head coach Colin Bell is confident that injury woes will not derail Korea Republic's 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification bid.
The Taeguk Ladies, along with Group A opponents Vietnam and Myanmar, will lock horns in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers with all hoping aiming to advance to the Play-offs and sealing the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
Group A will be played at Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo with Korea Republic hosting Myanmar in the opening clash on Monday.
Kuala Lumpur: With 43 matches and several memorable games completed, there will be little room for error when Asia’s best teams convene for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian Qualifiers Final Round in the coming week.
Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar will see Group A action in Jeju Island, Korea Republic, while Australia, Thailand, China PR and Chinese Taipei will play their Group B matches in Sydney, Australia.
The top two sides from Group B will play off – on a home and away basis – against the top two teams from Group A – for the final two places, alongside hosts Japan, at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Qualifiers - Group B Preview: Chinese Taipei vs Thailand
Sydney: Two ambitious teams who have never reached the women’s Olympic football tournament will aim to move a step closer to history when Chinese Taipei and Thailand meet in Group B of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.
Both former AFC Women’s Asian Cup winners – and the combatants in the 1981 final – Chinese Taipei and Thailand have proud histories in the women’s game, but they arrive in Sydney considered outsiders in a group which contains continental heavyweights Australia and China PR.
A major upset would be required for either to advance to the final play-off, but even that scenario would rely on a positive result in Monday’s opener, making Group B’s opening fixture one neither side can afford to lose.
Hanoi: Huynh Nhu is confident Vietnam can create history by qualifying for Tokyo 2020 ahead of the AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament Third Round next month in Korea Republic.
Vietnam have been in intensive training for the Qualifiers and will head to Jeju Island, Korea Republic for the Qualifiers on February 3-9 as the Southeast Asian nation look to qualify for the Olympics after a stellar 2019 which saw them winning the AFF Women’s Championship and SEA Games.
The Olympic Qualifiers will be a tougher ask but charismatic captain Huynh Nhu believes Vietnam will seal one of the two berths available to Tokyo 2020.
De Vanna left out as Matildas name Tokyo Qualifiers squad
Sydney: Matildas coach Ante Milicic included a wealth of stars, but not Lisa De Vanna, as his 20-player AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers Final Round squad was revealed on Wednesday.
Australia will compete against group hosts China PR, as well as Chinese Taipei and Thailand from February 3 to 9 in Wuhan, with the group’s top two sides to advance to the final qualification play-offs in March.
Japan's FIFA Women's World Cup-winning squad to open Torch Relay
Tokyo: The members of Japan's FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning squad from 2011 will open the domestic leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee announced on Tuesday.
The leg, known as the "Grand Start", is due to take place at the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima on March 26, 2020.