Bumper 2020 beckons for Asian football
Kuala Lumpur: 2020 promises to be as exciting as the year gone by as Asia’s best will be in action in and outside the Continent.
The year’s exciting action kicks off with the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020, with the tournament starting next Wednesday with not only Continental glory at stake but also three places in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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The AFC Champions League, the Continent’s premier club competition, starts with the preliminary stage on January 14 with the two-leg final scheduled for November 22 and 28.
The AFC Cup play-off stage kicks off a week later with the final scheduled for November 7.
The third round of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament will be played on February 3-9, to be followed by the play-offs in March with two teams joining Japan as Asia’s representatives in Tokyo 2020.
Turkmenistan will host the AFC Futsal Championship 2020 on February 26-March 8 while Asia’s finest will look to continue the Continent’s fine run in the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The Asian Qualifiers resume on March 26, with Asia’s finest aiming to take the next step towards qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
8-26: AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020, Thailand
14: 2020 AFC Champions League - Preliminary Stage
21: 2020 AFC Cup - Play-off Stage
3-9: Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2020 Qualifiers Third Round, Wuhan, China & Jeju, Korea Republic
26 Feb - 8 Mar: AFC Futsal Championship Turkmenistan 2020, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
6 & 11: Women’s Olympic Football Tournament 2020 Qualifiers Final Round – Playoffs, TBC
26 & 31: Asian Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 & AFC Asian Cup China 2023
4 & 9: Asian Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 & AFC Asian Cup China 2023
28: Draw for World Cup Qualifiers Final Round
2-12: AFC Women’s Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020, Kuwait City, Kuwait
22 July-8 Aug: 2020 Men’s & Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, Tokyo, Japan
5-16: AFC Futsal Club Championship 2020, TBC
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (TBC)
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER
12 Sep-4 Oct: FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2020, Lithuania
16 Sep-3 Oct: AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 Finals, Manama, Bahrain
14-31: AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 Finals, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2-21: FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020, India
7: AFC Cup 2020 Final
9-14: AFC Women’s Club Championship 2020 – 2nd Pilot Tournament, TBC
22: AFC Champions League 2020 Final 1st Leg, (EAST)
28: AFC Champions League 2020 Final 2nd Leg, (WEST)
30 Nov-13 Dec: AFC Solidarity Cup 2020, TBC
FIFA Club World Cup Qatar, TBC
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