2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup

The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup was the 20th edition of the AFC Women's Asian Cup, the quadrennial international football tournament in Asia competed by the women's national teams in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).[3]

2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup
2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup logo.png
Tournament details
Host countryIndia
Dates20 January – 6 February
Teams12 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions China PR (9th title)
Runners-up South Korea
Tournament statistics
Matches played25
Goals scored104 (4.16 per match)
Attendance0 (0 per match)
Top scorer(s)Australia Sam Kerr
(7 goals)
Best player(s)China Wang Shanshan[1]
Best goalkeeperChina Zhu Yu[2]
Fair play award South Korea
2018
2026

India was recommended as the host of the tournament by AFC Women's Football Committee and selected as the host in June 2020.[4][5] It is the second time that the country hosts the competition, the first being in 1979.[6] On 28 January 2021, the AFC confirmed that the tournament would take place between 20 January and 6 February 2022, instead of the original scheduled dates of late October and early November.[7][8]

For the first time in the competition, the final tournament was expanded from eight teams to twelve.[9] It served as the final stage of Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand (Regulations Article 4.6),[3] in which Australia already qualified automatically as a co-host.[10] Five teams qualified directly for the World Cup via the knockout stage, and two more teams advanced to the inter-confederation play-offs.

Japan are the two-time defending champions, but were eliminated in the semi-finals by China PR on a penalty shoot-out. China PR went on to win the title, their ninth title in total, by defeating South Korea 3–2 in the final.

Host selectionEdit

The following three football associations submitted their interest to host the tournament by the 31 May 2019 deadline.[11]

India had previously hosted the 1980 AFC Women's Championship, originally scheduled for 1979, and Chinese Taipei had hosted the 1977 and 2001 editions of the tournament.[12]

India was recommended as the host for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup by the AFC Women's Football Committee on 19 February 2020.[4] On 5 June 2020, India was awarded the hosting rights.[5][13]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup was held amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which affected the organization of the tournament. As a response, the tournament was held under a bio-secure bubble setup.[14] All participating teams were granted exemption from institutional quarantine when foreigners are normally required to undergo home quarantine for seven days from 11 January 2022. Members of the participating team are to undergo initial test for COVID-19 upon arrival. They are required to stay put on their hotels while they await their test results. Following negative test results, movement of players and officials are to be restricted to the hotel, the training and match venues.[15]

Several teams reported positive COVID-19 cases during the duration of the tournament namely China,[16] India,[17] Japan,[18] South Korea,[17] Myanmar,[17] the Philippines,[16] and Vietnam.[17] Host India were the most affected, with as much as 12 of their players testing positive for COVID-19 which rendered them unable to name 13 players required for their match against Chinese Taipei. India was forced to withdraw form the tournament due to tournament regulations.[19][20]

QualificationEdit

The host country India and the top three teams of the previous tournament in 2018 qualified automatically, while the other eight teams were decided by qualification matches played in September and October 2021.[21]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following twelve teams qualified for the tournament:

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
FIFA Ranking[a] Previous best
performance
  India Hosts 5 June 2020 9th 2003 55th Runners-up (1979, 1983)
  Japan 2018 champions 28 January 2021 17th 2018 13th Champions (2014, 2018)
  Australia 2018 runners-up 28 January 2021 6th 2018 11th Champions (2010)
  China PR 2018 third place 28 January 2021 15th 2018 19th Champions (1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2006)
  Chinese Taipei Group A winners 24 October 2021 14th 2008 39th Champions (1977, 1979, 1981)
  Vietnam Group B winners 29 September 2021 9th 2018 32nd Sixth place (2014)
  Indonesia[b] Group C winners 27 September 2021 5th 1989 94th Fourth place (1977, 1986)
  Myanmar Group D winners 24 October 2021 5th 2014 47th Group stage (2003, 2006, 2010, 2014)
  South Korea Group E winners 23 September 2021 13th 2018 18th Third place (2003)
  Philippines Group F winners 24 September 2021 10th 2018 64th Sixth place (2018)
  Iran Group G winners 25 September 2021 1st N/A 70th Debut
  Thailand[b] Group H winners 25 September 2021 17th 2018 38th Champions (1983)
  1. ^ As published on 10 December 2021
  2. ^ a b Due to non-compliance with conditions set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Thailand and Indonesia were not be allowed to be represented by their national flags.[22][23] The sanctions took effect in October 2021.[24] Thailand is represented by its national team logo while Indonesia is represented by its coat of arms.[25] The sanctions for Thailand were lifted on 4 February 2022.[26]

Match officialsEdit

On 6 January 2022, the AFC announced the list of 16 referees, 16 assistant referees, two stand-by referees, two stand-by assistant referees and six video match officials for the tournament.[27][28] Video assistant referees (VAR) would be used from the quarter-finals onwards.

Originally, Law Bik Chi (Hong Kong) was selected for the tournament. However, she was unable to travel to India due to travel restriction.[29] She was replaced by Wang Chieh (Chinese Taipei).

Referees
Assistant referees
  •   Joanna Charaktis
  •   Fang Yan
  •   Xie Lijun
  •   Uvena Fernandes
  •   Ensieh Khabaz
  •   Makoto Bozono
  •   Naomi Teshirogi
  •   Ramina Tsoi
  •   Merlo Albano
  •   Heba Saadieh
  •   Kim Kyoung-min
  •   Lee Seul-gi
  •   Park Mi-suk
  •   Supawan Hinthong
  •   Kristina Sereda
  •   Trương Thị Lệ Trinh
Video assistant referees
Stand-by referees
  •   Veronika Bernatskaia
  •   Công Thị Dung
Stand-by assistant referees
  •   Nuannid Dornjangreed
  •   Zilola Rahmatova

VenuesEdit

The venues for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup are located across three cities in India, and matches are played in three stadiums.[30] Originally, the host cities were Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai, and the AFC confirmed the three host cities of the event in June 2021.[31][32] However, on 6 July 2021, AFC announced Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra would host the tournament.[33] All matches are played behind closed doors as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[34]

Maharashtra Mumbai Navi Mumbai Pune
Mumbai Football Arena DY Patil Stadium Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 55,000 Capacity: 11,900
     

DrawEdit

The final draw was held on 28 October 2021, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[35] The twelve teams were drawn into three groups of four teams.[36] The seedings were based on their performance in 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup final tournament and qualification, with the hosts India automatically seeded and assigned to Position A1 in the draw.[37]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
  1.   India (H)
  2.   Japan
  3.   Australia

SquadsEdit

Each team has to register a squad of a minimum of 18 players and maximum of 23 players, at least three of whom must be goalkeepers (Regulations Article 26.3).[3]

Group stageEdit

The top two teams of each group and the two best third-placed teams qualify for the quarter finals.[3]

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 7.3):[3]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  8. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

All times are local, IST (UTC+05:30).

Schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 20–21 January 1 v 4, 2 v 3
Matchday 2 23–24 January 4 v 2, 3 v 1
Matchday 3 26–27 January 1 v 2, 3 v 4

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   China PR 2 2 0 0 11 0 +11 6 Knockout stage
2   Chinese Taipei 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 3
3   Iran 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 0
4   India (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ India failed to name the required 13 players and were unable to play their match of the group stage against Chinese Taipei due to them having only fewer than 13 players left with the remaining team members testing positive for COVID-19. They were considered to have withdrawn from the competition, and all previous matches played by them shall be considered "null and void" and would not be considered in determining the final group rankings.[38]
China PR  4–0  Chinese Taipei
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Abirami Naidu (Singapore)
India  Voided
(0–0)
  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lara Lee (Australia)

Iran  0–7  China PR
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Pansa Chaisanit (Thailand)
Chinese Taipei  Cancelled  India
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Referee: Oh Hyeon-jeong (South Korea)

Chinese Taipei  5–0  Iran
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Asaka Koizumi (Japan)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Australia 3 3 0 0 24 1 +23 9 Knockout stage
2   Philippines 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 6
3   Thailand 3 1 0 2 5 3 +2 3
4   Indonesia 3 0 0 3 0 28 −28 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Australia  18–0  Indonesia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mahsa Ghorbani (Iran)
Thailand  0–1  Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Công Thị Dung (Vietnam)

Indonesia  0–4  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Philippines  0–4  Australia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wang Chieh (Chinese Taipei)

Australia  2–1  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Thein Thein Aye (Myanmar)
Philippines  6–0  Indonesia
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Kim Yu-jeong (South Korea)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Japan 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7 Knockout stage
2   South Korea 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
3   Vietnam 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
4   Myanmar 3 0 1 2 2 9 −7 1
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Japan  5–0  Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Veronika Bernatskaia (Kyrgyzstan)
South Korea  3–0  Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Myanmar  0–2  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Vietnam  0–3  Japan
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lara Lee (Australia)

Japan  1–1  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)
Vietnam  2–2  Myanmar
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ranjita Devi Tekcham (India)

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Top two teams qualified for the quarter finals. Results against the 4th place teams of each group were not counted in determining the ranking of the 3rd place teams.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B   Thailand 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2 0 Knockout stage
2 C   Vietnam 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0
3 A   Iran 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) drawing of lots.


Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

The losers of the quarter-final matches entered play-offs, the format of which depended on Australia's results in the tournament.[39]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
30 January – DY Patil
 
 
  China PR 3
 
3 February – Shiv Chhatrapati
 
  Vietnam 1
 
  China PR (p) 2 (4)
 
30 January – DY Patil
 
  Japan 2 (3)
 
  Japan 7
 
6 February – DY Patil
 
  Thailand 0
 
  China PR 3
 
30 January – Shiv Chhatrapati
 
  South Korea 2
 
  Australia 0
 
3 February – Shiv Chhatrapati
 
  South Korea 1
 
  South Korea 2
 
30 January – Shiv Chhatrapati
 
  Philippines 0
 
  Chinese Taipei 1 (3)
 
 
  Philippines (p) 1 (4)
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Winners qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. Losers except Australia enter play-offs.

China PR  3–1  Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Attendance: 0
Referee: Oh Hyeon-jeong (South Korea)

Australia  0–1  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Japan  7–0  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

Semi-finalsEdit


South Korea  2–0  Philippines
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Referee: Pansa Chaisanit (Thailand)


FinalEdit

China PR  3–2  South Korea
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)

AwardsEdit

 AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 Winners 
 
China PR
Ninth title

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

Most Valuable Player Top Scorer Best goalkeeper Fairplay Award
  Wang Shanshan   Sam Kerr (7 goals)   Zhu Yu   South Korea

Play-offsEdit

The format of the play-offs round depended on the performance of Australia, who qualified automatically for the World Cup as hosts.[40] Since Australia was eliminated in the quarter finals, the play-offs format is for the remaining three quarter-final losers to play a single round-robin play-off. The best team after three matches will advance to the World Cup, and the remaining two teams will enter the inter-confederation play-offs.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Vietnam 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Qualify for 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup
2   Chinese Taipei 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs
3   Thailand 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Thailand  0–2  Vietnam
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Referee: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)

Chinese Taipei  3–0  Thailand
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Referee: Kim Yu-jeong (South Korea)

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

There were 104 goals scored in 25 matches, for an average of 4.16 goals per match.

7 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Tournament teams rankingEdit

This table will show the ranking of teams throughout the tournament.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Final result
1   China PR 5 4 1 0 19 5 +14 13 Champions
2   South Korea 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 13 Runners-up
3   Japan 5 3 2 0 18 3 +15 11 Semi-finalists
4   Philippines 5 2 1 2 8 7 +1 7
5   Australia 4 3 0 1 24 2 +22 9 Eliminated in
quarter-finals
6   Vietnam 6 2 1 3 7 12 −5 7
7   Chinese Taipei 5 2 1 2 10 7 +3 7
8   Thailand 5 1 0 4 5 15 −10 3
9   Myanmar 3 0 1 2 2 9 −7 1 Eliminated in
group stage
10   Iran 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 0
11   Indonesia 3 0 0 3 0 28 −28 0
12   India (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdraw
Source:[citation needed]
(H) Host

Qualified teams for FIFA Women's World CupEdit

Five teams from the AFC will qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, apart from co-hosts Australia which qualified automatically, while two teams will advance to the inter-confederation play-offs. The slot for Australia was taken directly from the quota allocated to the AFC.[41]

Team Qualified on Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup1
  Australia 25 June 2020[10] 7 (19951, 19991, 20031, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
  Japan 30 January 2022 8 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
  South Korea 30 January 2022 3 (2003, 2015, 2019)
  China PR 30 January 2022 7 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2015, 2019)
  Philippines 30 January 2022 0 (debut)
  Vietnam 6 February 2022 0 (debut)
1 Australia qualified as a member of the OFC in 1995, 1999 and 2003.

Logo and sponsorshipsEdit

The official logo for the tournament was unveiled by the AFC and the local organising committee on 20 July 2021. The logo features the AFC Women's Asian Cup trophy at the centre, with a "swirl" surrounding the trophy "inspired by the national flags and colours of playing kits in Asia, and the iconic stadiums in which the AFC Women’s Asian Cup is played in and celebrates cultural diversity and the unwavering support and enthusiasm of fans for their national teams". The logo also contains elements inspired by the tournament host country. The maroon colour of the logo is inspired by the art of the Warli people, a tribe native to the northern Western Ghats in the tournament's host state of Maharashtra. Red and maroon colours are often used as the base of Warli paintings. The use of silver in the logo is inspired by the "importance of silver jewellery in Indian households and the beauty and elegance of the precious metal".[42]

The official global partners of the tournament are Continental AG, Credit Saison, Neom, and Yili Group, while Kelme and Konami are official global supporters.[43]

Broadcasting rightsEdit

AFCEdit

Territory Rights holder(s) Ref.
Australia [44][45]
Mainland China
  • PPTV (all), CCTV+5 (Final only)
[46]
India [47]
Guam [48]
Japan [49]
Indonesia [50]
Myanmar [50]
Northern Mariana Islands [48]
Philippines [50]
South Korea [50]
Taiwan
  • ELTA TV
[50]
Thailand [50]
Vietnam [50]

Rest of the worldEdit

Territory Rights holder(s) Ref.
Bermuda [48]
Canada [48]
Ireland [46]
New Zealand [46]
Oceania [46]
Sweden C More [51]
Turkey
  • Spor Smart
  • D-Smart GO
[46]
United Kingdom [46]
United States [52][53]

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