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).
|Dates||20 January – 6 February|
|Teams||12 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||China PR (9th title)|
|Goals scored||104 (4.16 per match)|
|Attendance||0 (0 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Sam Kerr|
|Best player(s)||Wang Shanshan|
|Best goalkeeper||Zhu Yu|
|Fair play award||South Korea|
India was recommended as the host of the tournament by AFC Women's Football Committee and selected as the host in June 2020. It is the second time that the country hosts the competition, the first being in 1979. 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.
For the first time in the competition, the final tournament was expanded from eight teams to twelve. 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), in which Australia already qualified automatically as a co-host. 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.
The following three football associations submitted their interest to host the tournament by the 31 May 2019 deadline.
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. 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.
Several teams reported positive COVID-19 cases during the duration of the tournament namely China, India, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam. 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.
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.
The following twelve teams qualified for the tournament:
|FIFA Ranking[a]||Previous best|
|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)|
- As published on 10 December 2021
- 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. The sanctions took effect in October 2021. Thailand is represented by its national team logo while Indonesia is represented by its coat of arms. The sanctions for Thailand were lifted on 4 February 2022.
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. Video assistant referees (VAR) would be used from the quarter-finals onwards.
- 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
- Stand-by assistant referees
The venues for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup are located across three cities in India, and matches are played in three stadiums. Originally, the host cities were Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai, and the AFC confirmed the three host cities of the event in June 2021. However, on 6 July 2021, AFC announced Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra would host the tournament. All matches are played behind closed doors as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Mumbai Football Arena||DY Patil Stadium||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex|
|Capacity: 18,000||Capacity: 55,000||Capacity: 11,900|
The final draw was held on 28 October 2021, 15:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The twelve teams were drawn into three groups of four teams. 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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
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).
The top two teams of each group and the two best third-placed teams qualify for the quarter finals.
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):
- Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
- 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;
- Goal difference in all group matches;
- Goals scored in all group matches;
- Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
- 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);
- Drawing of lots.
|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|
|1||China PR||2||2||0||0||11||0||+11||6||Knockout stage|
- 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.
|China PR||4–0||Chinese Taipei|
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.
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) drawing of lots.
|30 January – DY Patil|
|3 February – Shiv Chhatrapati|
|China PR (p)||2 (4)|
|30 January – DY Patil|
|6 February – DY Patil|
|30 January – Shiv Chhatrapati|
|3 February – Shiv Chhatrapati|
|30 January – Shiv Chhatrapati|
|Chinese Taipei||1 (3)|
|Philippines (p)||1 (4)|
|Chinese Taipei||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Philippines|
|China PR||2–2 (a.e.t.)||Japan|
|AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 Winners|
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|
The format of the play-offs round depended on the performance of Australia, who qualified automatically for the World Cup as hosts. 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.
|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|
There were 104 goals scored in 25 matches, for an average of 4.16 goals per match.
- Caitlin Foord
- Aivi Luik
- Tameka Yallop
- Wu Chengshu
- Zhang Linyan
- Zhang Xin
- Chen Yen-ping
- Chen Ying-hui
- Wang Hsiang-huei
- Zhuo Li-ping
- Saki Kumagai
- Hinata Miyazawa
- Hikaru Naomoto
- Rin Sumida
- Khin Marlar Tun
- Win Theingi Tun
- Sarina Bolden
- Malea Cesar
- Katrina Guillou
- Chandler McDaniel
- Jessica Miclat
- Quinley Quezada
- Cho So-hyun
- Choe Yu-ri
- Lee Geum-min
- Seo Ji-youn
- Son Hwa-yeon
- Irravadee Makris
- Nipawan Panyosuk
- Chương Thị Kiều
- Nguyễn Thị Bích Thùy
- Thái Thị Thảo
1 own goal
Tournament teams rankingEdit
This table will show the ranking of teams throughout the tournament.
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.
|Team||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup1|
|Australia||25 June 2020||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".
|Northern Mariana Islands|||
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