AFC Women's Asian Cup
The AFC Women's Asian Cup (formerly known as the AFC Women's Championship) is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the premier women's football competition in the AFC region for national teams. The competition is also known as the Asian Women's Football Championship and the Asian Women's Championship. 19 tournaments have been held, with the current champions being Japan. The competition also serves as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup.
|Number of teams||12 (finals)|
|Current champions|| Japan|
|Most successful team(s)|| China PR|
|2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
The competition was set up by the Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC), a part of the AFC responsible for women's football. The first competition was held in 1975 and was held every two years after this, except for a period in the 1980s where the competition was held every three years. The ALFC was initially a separate organisation but was absorbed into the AFC in 1986.
From 1975 to 1981, matches were 60 minutes in duration.
The competition has been dominated by countries from the Pacific Rim, with the China women's national football team having won 8 times, including a series of 7 consecutive victories.
The tournament frequency changed to every 4 years effective from 2014, after AFC had announced that the Asian Cup will additionally serve as the qualification rounds of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Starting from 2022 edition, a total of twelve teams participate in the final tournament including hosts, top three finishers of the previous edition and eight teams from the qualification tournament.
Note: aet: after extra time
- Competes as Chinese Taipei since 1979
- The match was cancelled as Hong Kong team members have already booked the flight to leave Kozhikode before kickoff, otherwise they had to stay behind for further four days for another earliest flight to Hong Kong, which would have upset the team's schedule. Both teams were declared third place.
Performance by nationEdit
|Rank||Nation||Winners||Runners-up||Third Place||Fourth Place||Total|
- As of 2018
|Year||Most Valuable Player||Top Scorer||Goals||Fairplay Award|
|2006||Ma Xiaoxu||Yūki Nagasato||7||China PR|
|2008||Homare Sawa||Ri Kum-suk||7||Japan|
|2010||Jo Yun-mi||Kozue Ando||3||China PR|
|2014||Aya Miyama|| Park Eun-sun
|2018||Mana Iwabuchi||Li Ying||7||Japan|
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The AFC stages the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2014 (Qualifiers) (hereafter the "Competition") for the senior women's national teams once every four (4) years. (In Section 1)[permanent dead link]
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