2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup

The 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup was a women's football tournament for women's national teams from countries affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation. It was the 15th installment of the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates16–30 July
Teams9 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions China PR (8th title)
Runners-up Australia
Third place North Korea
Fourth place Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored77 (3.85 per match)
Top scorer(s)Japan Yūki Nagasato
South Korea Jung Jung-suk (7 goals)

Unlike the previous tournament which was held every two years, the tournament has been moved back a year to 2006. The structure of the competition has changed for this tournament, with a qualifying tournament and a separate championship tournament.

The four qualifiers of the sub-tournament (Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Myanmar, Thailand) went on to compete for the Championship proper against the four automatic finalists (China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea). Australia were added to the final tournament following their switch from Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian confederation. The finals of the tournament were held in Australia in July 2006 - the hosting rights were originally given to Japan, but after Australia moved conferences, they were given the hosting rights. All matches in the main tournament were held in Adelaide.

The tournament also acted as Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2007 Women's World Cup. Two spots were available in addition to the automatic spot given to China as World Cup hosts. China won the tournament, beating hosts Australia in the final. Thus, Australia took the first qualifying spot, while North Korea defeated Japan in the third place play-off to take second place. Japan now play off with the third-placed team in the CONCACAF region, despite beating China in the group stages.



Japan, China, North Korea and South Korea qualified by virtue of occupying the four top spots in the 2003 AFC Women's Championship.


The tournament was held in Adelaide, South Australia, with Hindmarsh Stadium being the main venue, hosting all matches except for one of the two concurrent last matches in each of the two groups, which were held at Marden Sports Complex.

Hindmarsh Stadium
Capacity: 16,500
Marden Sports Complex
Capacity: 6,000

Group stageEdit

All matches in the group stage were held at Hindmarsh Stadium, except the Chinese Taipei v Vietnam and Thailand v Australia matches, which took place at Marden Sports Complex.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Japan 3 3 0 0 17 1 +16 9
  China PR 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
  Vietnam 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 3
  Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0
China PR  2–0  Chinese Taipei
Han Duan   11'
Pu Wei   64'
Japan  5–0  Vietnam
Homare Sawa   39'52'
Mizuho Sakaguchi   65'78'
Yūki Nagasato   81'
Attendance: 500

Japan  11–1  Chinese Taipei
Shinobu Ohno   9'
Yūki Nagasato   29'33'46'71'92+'
Homare Sawa   38'80'
Mizuho Sakaguchi   48'89'
Miyuki Yanagita   68'
Hsieh I-ling   35'
Attendance: 200
Vietnam  0–2  China PR
Ma Xiaoxu   20'58'

China PR  0–1  Japan
Aya Miyama   18'
Attendance: 5,000
Chinese Taipei  0–1  Vietnam
Vũ Thị Huyền Linh   70'

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  North Korea 4 3 1 0 13 0 +13 10
  Australia 4 3 1 0 11 0 +11 10
  South Korea 4 2 0 2 14 6 +8 6
  Thailand 4 1 0 3 2 26 −24 3
  Myanmar 4 0 0 4 2 10 −8 0
Myanmar  1–2  Thailand
Daw My Nilar Htwe   60' Pitsamai Sornsai   34'55'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Huijun Niu (China)
Australia  4–0  South Korea
Shin Sun-nam   30' (o.g.)
Sarah Walsh   66'
Caitlin Munoz   75'
Lisa De Vanna   87'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bentla D'Coth (India)

Thailand  0–9  North Korea
Ri Kum-suk   8'34'
Ri Un-suk   31'
Kim Tan-sil   36'73'
Ho Sun-hui   43'
Jo Yun-mi   59'
Kim Yong-ae   67'87'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)
Myanmar  0–2  Australia
Sally Shipard   31'
Lisa De Vanna   77'
Attendance: 2,000

North Korea  3–0  Myanmar
Ri Un-suk   23'37'
Ri Un-gyong   85'
Attendance: 150
Referee: Bentla D'Coth (India)
South Korea  11–0  Thailand
Cha Yun-hee   30'44'
Jung Jung-suk   39'50'71'80'83'86'
Kim Joo-hee   42'
Kim Jin-hee   69'
Jung Sey-hwa   87'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Huijun Niu (China)

South Korea  3–1  Myanmar
Kim Joo-hee   7'
Jin Suk-hee   35'
Jung Jung-suk   64'
Hlaing   90'
Attendance: 500
Australia  0–0  North Korea
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)

Thailand  0–5  Australia
Alicia Ferguson   3'
Joanne Burgess   27'
Sarah Walsh   53'
Kate Gill   62'
Lisa De Vanna   81'
North Korea  1–0  South Korea
Kim Yong-ae   76'

Knockout stagesEdit

27 July
  China PR 1
30 July
  North Korea 0
  China PR 2 (4)
27 July
  Australia 2 (2)
  Australia 2
  Japan 0
Third place
30 July
  North Korea 3
  Japan 2


Winners qualify for the 2007 Women's World Cup.

In the China v North Korea match, China conceded a potential equaliser in injury time, but it was disallowed for offside. The North Koreans reacted by throwing bottles and other objects at the referees, and North Korean goalkeeper Han Hye-yong kicked Italian referee Anna De Toni from behind. Three North Korean players, including Han, were suspended before the third place play-off. North Korea protested the decision, demanding a rematch and a reversal of the suspensions.[1]

Australia  2–0  Japan
Caitlin Munoz   10'
Joanne Peters   45'
Attendance: 4,000
China PR  1–0  North Korea
Ma Xiaoxu   58'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Anna De Toni (Italy)

Third place matchEdit

As China were automatically qualified as hosts, North Korea qualified for the World Cup as the third-placed team in the tournament. Japan will play off with the third-placed team from the 2006 Women's Gold Cup in the CONCACAF region.

Japan  2–3  North Korea
Kozue Ando   43'
Yūki Nagasato   89'
Ri Un-suk   23'
Ri Un-gyong   33'39'
Attendance: 1,200


Australia  2–2 (a.e.t.)  China PR
Caitlin Munoz   29'
Joanne Peters   33'
Han Duan   68'
Ma Xiaoxu   73'
Collette McCallum  
Sally Shipard  
Joanne Peters  
Alicia Ferguson  
2–4   Ma Xiaoxu
  Bi Yan
  Li Jie
  Han Duan
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)


 2006 AFC Women's Championship Winners 
China PR
Eighth title


There were 77 goals scored in 20 matches, for an average of 3.85 goals per match.

7 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal


  1. ^ N. Korea demands rematch at Asian Cup, AP, retrieved 30 July 2006

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