The Executive Committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to reschedule the qualifying tournament of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 in India due to the unprecedented health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament will be held in India from January 20 to February 6, 2022, while the qualifying event is currently scheduled for September 13 to 25 this year.
“In preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, the AFC Executive Committee has also decided to provide greater flexibility to finalize the dates for the qualifiers …”, the AFC said in a release.
The governing body said it had taken into account ‘the challenges that may arise from the availability of hosts, team arrangements, quarantine and medical measures imposed by various countries’.
The AFC executive committee also approved the recommendation of the Women’s Football Committee to cancel next year’s Asian Cup Women’s Cup Index of Indonesia and next year’s U.20 Women’s Cup Uzbekistan.
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The AFC’s executive committee has recognized the importance of prioritizing stakeholders, especially the continent’s youth players, against the background of the ongoing uncertainty and challenges posed by the current pandemic.
It has also been decided that the same host will set up the next editions of both competitions in 2024.
Therefore, the AFC will work closely with the relevant host associations to finalize the competition dates to complete the qualifiers.
The committee also approved the recommendation of the AFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee to cancel the Women’s Futsal Championship Kuwait 2020 and the U20 Futsal Asian Cup 2021.
Meanwhile, the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022 Qualifiers, originally scheduled for 13 to 24 October 2021, was also moved to a window during 1 to 15 April 2022, with the final competition being moved from 16 to 27 February to 25 September . until 20 October.
In addition, the committee also took note of the preference of host member associations to gain valuable international exposure, technical preparation and hosting experience by participating in the qualifying competitions, despite receiving an automatic place in the finals.
In view of this and in order to maintain the fairness of the qualifying competitions, the AFC Executive Committee agreed to allow host member associations to take part in the qualifiers, which will be considered as friendly matches and which will not affect the calculation. of the group rankings and the best positions. among all the groups in the respective qualifiers.