2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification

The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification was the qualification tournament for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup.[2]

2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification
Tournament details
Host countriesBahrain (Group A)
Tajikistan (Groups B and C)
Kyrgyzstan (Group D)
Uzbekistan (Groups E, F and G)
Palestine (Group H)
Dates17–29 September, 18–24 October 2021[1]
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)7 (in 5 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored113 (4.35 per match)
Attendance1,194 (46 per match)
Top scorer(s) Vietnam Phạm Hải Yến (8 goals)
2018
2026

A total of twelve teams qualified to play in the final tournament in India.[3] 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, with the matches played between 17 and 29 September and 18–24 October 2021 in centralised venues.[1][4]

This tournament also served as the first stage of Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, where five teams from the Women's Asian Cup qualify directly for the World Cup (plus co-hosts Australia), and two teams qualify for a 10-team playoff tournament.[5]

DrawEdit

Northern Mariana Islands, whose association became the 47th full AFC member during the confederation's 30th Congress on 9 December 2020,[6] were eligible to enter the qualification tournament, but did not participate. They are not FIFA members and thus would not be eligible to qualify for the 2023 Women's World Cup.

Originally, the draw was to be held on 27 May 2021, 15:30 MST (UTC+8), at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[7] However, due to rising cases of COVID-19 across Asia, the AFC decided to postpone the original draw date until further notice.[8] On 23 June, the confederation announced the seeding and the date for the draw, which was held on 24 June, 16:30 MYT (UTC+8), at the AFC House.[9] The 28 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams and four groups of three teams.

The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup final tournament and qualification (overall ranking shown in parentheses). The following restrictions were also applied:

  • The seven teams which indicated their intention to serve as qualification group hosts prior to the draw were drawn into separate groups.
  • These hosts country is allocated to positions in each group according to their ranking:
    • Chinese Taipei and Myanmar in position 1
    • Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in position 2
    • Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal in position 4 (if drawn in Group A–D) or position 3 (if drawn in Group E–G)
Automatically qualified for final tournament and not participating in qualification
  1.   India (18) (as final tournament hosts)
  2.   Japan (1)
  3.   Australia (2)
  4.   China PR (3)
Participating in qualification
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 (unranked)
  1.   Thailand (4)
  2.   South Korea (5)
  3.   Philippines (6)
  4.   Jordan (7)
  5.   Vietnam (8)
  6.   North Korea (9) (W)
  7.   Chinese Taipei (10) (H)
  8.   Myanmar (11) (H)
  1.   Bahrain (12) (H)*
  2.   Iran (13)
  3.   Uzbekistan (14) (H)
  4.   Palestine (15) (H)*
  5.   United Arab Emirates (16)
  6.   Singapore (17)
  7.   Hong Kong (19)
  8.   Tajikistan (20) (H)
  1.   Iraq (21) (W)
  1.   Afghanistan (NR) (W)
  2.   Bangladesh (NR)
  3.   Guam (NR)
  4.   Indonesia (NR) (H)
  5.   Laos (NR)
  6.   Lebanon (NR) (H)*
  7.   Malaysia (NR)
  8.   Maldives (NR)
  9.   Mongolia (NR)
  10.     Nepal (NR) (H)
  11.   Turkmenistan (NR) (W)
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
  • (H): Qualification group hosts determined before the draw
  • (H)*: Qualification group hosts determined after the draw
  • (NR): Non-ranked
  • (W): Withdrew after draw
Did not enter

GroupsEdit

The matches were played during the windows of 16–29 September and 18–24 October 2021.

Schedule
Matchday Group B Group C Groups E–H Group A Group D
Dates Matches Dates Matches Dates Matches Dates Matches Dates Matches
Matchday 1 23 September 2021 1 v 3 24 September 2021 2 v 1 17–19 September 2021 3 v 1 18 October 2021 3 v 1 18 October 2021 2 v 3,
1 v 4
Matchday 2 26 September 2021 2 v 3 27 September 2021 1 v 2 20–22 September 2021 2 v 3 21 October 2021 2 v 3 21 October 2021 3 v 1,
4 v 2
Matchday 3 29 September 2021 1 v 2 23–25 September 2021 1 v 2 24 October 2021 1 v 2 24 October 2021 3 v 4,
1 v 2

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):[2]

  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.

Group AEdit

  • Chinese Taipei was originally to host the group, but it was changed due to the activity limitations imposed on foreign teams in Taiwan.[11] On 15 September, Bahrain was confirmed as the Group hosts.
  • Times listed are UTC+3.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Chinese Taipei 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 6 Final tournament
2   Bahrain (H) 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1
3   Laos 2 0 1 1 0 4 −4 1
4   Turkmenistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ Turkmenistan withdrew on 6 August from the competition due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12]
Laos  0–4  Chinese Taipei
Report

Bahrain  0–0  Laos
Report
Attendance: 302
Referee: Haneed Murad (Jordan)

Chinese Taipei  2–0  Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 257
Referee: Sunita Thongthawin (Thailand)

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Vietnam 2 2 0 0 23 0 +23 6 Final tournament
2   Tajikistan (H) 2 1 0 1 4 7 −3 3
3   Maldives 2 0 0 2 0 20 −20 0
4   Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. ^ Afghanistan withdrew in September 2021.[13] The team's participation was uncertain due to the Taliban takeover of the country.[14]
Maldives  0–16  Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mahsa Ghorbani (Iran)

Tajikistan  4–0  Maldives
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Kim Yu-jeong (South Korea)

Vietnam  7–0  Tajikistan
Report
Attendance: 250
Referee: Pansa Chaisanit (Thailand)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Indonesia 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2 6 Final tournament
2   Singapore 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0
3   Iraq 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew[a]
4   North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ North Korea withdrew on 29 July from the competition due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] Iraq did the same on 8 September.[16]
Singapore  0–1  Indonesia
Report Amiatun   4'
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lee Yi-chi (Chinese Taipei)

Indonesia  1–0  Singapore
Nurmalita   30' Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Om Choki (Bhutan)

Group DEdit

  • All matches were originally to be held in Lebanon. On 15 September, Kyrgyzstan was confirmed as the group hosts.
  • Times listed are UTC+6.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Myanmar 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9 Final tournament
2   Lebanon 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
3   United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4   Guam 3 0 0 3 1 13 −12 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Myanmar  4–0  Lebanon
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wang Chieh (Chinese Taipei)
United Arab Emirates  2–1  Guam
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Nodira Mirzoeva (Tajikistan)

Lebanon  1–0  United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Park Se-jin (South Korea)
Guam  0–8  Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Saltanat Noroozi (Iran)

Myanmar  2–0  United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Veronika Bernatskaia (Kyrgyzstan)
Guam  0–3  Lebanon
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Wang Chieh (Chinese Taipei)

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   South Korea 2 2 0 0 16 0 +16 6 Final tournament
2   Uzbekistan (H) 2 1 0 1 12 4 +8 3
3   Mongolia 2 0 0 2 0 24 −24 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Mongolia  0–12  South Korea
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Asaka Koizumi (Japan)

Uzbekistan  12–0  Mongolia
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ranjita Devi Tekcham (India)

South Korea  4–0  Uzbekistan
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Veronika Bernatskaia (Kyrgyzstan)

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Philippines 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 Final tournament
2   Hong Kong 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1[a]
3     Nepal 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1[a]
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Hong Kong and Nepal are ranked tied (Disciplinary point: Hong Kong 0, Nepal 0)
Nepal    1–2  Philippines
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anna Sidorova (Uzbekistan)

Hong Kong  0–0    Nepal
Report

Philippines  2–1  Hong Kong
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Asaka Koizumi (Japan)

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iran 2 1 1 0 5 0 +5 4[a] Final tournament
2   Jordan 2 1 1 0 5 0 +5 4[a]
3   Bangladesh 2 0 0 2 0 10 −10 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Penalty shoot-out: Jordan 2–4 Iran
Bangladesh  0–5  Jordan
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Oh Hyeon-jeong (South Korea)

Iran  5–0  Bangladesh
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)

Jordan  0–0  Iran
Report
Penalties
2–4
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ranjita Devi Tekcham (India)

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Thailand 2 2 0 0 11 0 +11 6 Final tournament
2   Malaysia 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 3
3   Palestine (H) 2 0 0 2 0 9 −9 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host
Malaysia  0–4  Thailand
Report

Palestine  0–2  Malaysia
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Esra'a Al-Mbaidin (Jordan)

Thailand  7–0  Palestine
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jhesa Kaatz (Philippines)

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 12 teams qualified for the final tournament.[21]

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in AFC Women's Asian Cup1
  India Hosts 5 June 2020[3] 8 (1979, 1981, 1983, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003)
  Japan 2018 champions 28 January 2021[4] 16 (1977, 1981, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018)
  Australia 2018 runners-up 28 January 2021[4] 7 (1975, 1979, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018)
  China PR 2018 third place 28 January 2021[4] 14 (1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018)
  Chinese Taipei Group A winners 24 October 2021 13 (1977, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008)
  Vietnam Group B winners 29 September 2021 8 (1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018)
  Indonesia Group C winners 27 September 2021 4 (1977, 1981, 1986, 1989)
  Myanmar Group D winners 24 October 2021 4 (2003, 2006, 2010, 2014)
  South Korea Group E winners 23 September 2021 12 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018)
  Philippines Group F winners 24 September 2021 9 (1981, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2018)
  Iran Group G winners 25 September 2021 0 (Debut)
  Thailand Group H winners 25 September 2021 16 (1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2018)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

GoalscorersEdit

There were 113 goals scored in 26 matches, for an average of 4.35 goals per match.

8 goals

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit