New venues for AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 confirmed
Jul 07, 2021 00:32 [IST]
Last Update: Jul 07, 2021 00:32 [IST]
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup
India 2022. Local Organising Committee (LOC) have today confirmed the Mumbai
Football Arena – Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai and the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports
Complex in Balewadi, Pune as the new venues and host cities for the Continent’s
premier women’s national team competition.
The decision was confirmed taking into careful consideration the
existing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as part of efforts to
minimise the travelling time for teams and officials between the venues, whilst
ensuring the optimum environment to implement the Bio Medical Bubble for the
benefit of all stakeholders.
The 37,900-capacity D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai will remain as
one of the three stadiums that will stage the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022
which is on schedule to take place from January 20 to February 6, 2022.
Japan, Australia, China PR and hosts India have already sealed their
places in the Finals and the race to join the quartet will take centrestage
from September this year when 28 teams across eight groups begin their quest to
clinch the eight remaining places in the newly-expanded and biggest-ever
edition of the Continental women’s showpiece.
Three-time champions Chinese Taipei, Bahrain, Turkmenistan and Laos
have been drawn in Group A, while Group B will see Vietnam, Tajikistan,
Maldives and Afghanistan compete for a place in the Finals.
Asian powerhouses and three-time title holders DPR Korea are in
Group C alongside Singapore, Iraq and Indonesia with Myanmar, United Arab
Emirates, Guam and Lebanon completing the line-up in Group D.
2003 runners-up Korea Republic, Uzbekistan and Mongolia are in Group
E, as Philippines, Hong Kong and Nepal prepare to battle in Group F.
2018 hosts Jordan will be eyeing a second successive appearance in
the Finals but will face tough oppositions against the Islamic Republic of Iran
and Bangladesh in Group G. Meanwhile, Thailand, Palestine and Malaysia will
battle for the coveted Finals solitary spot in Group H.