AFC receives bid books from Saudi Arabia and Qatar for 2027 Asian Cup hosting rights

Earlier in the month, we saw the 
Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and Qatar Football Association (QFA) put their attentions forward to host the AFC Asian Cup 2027. This is the next Asian Cup up to be bided on with 2023 being hosted in China. 

The bids 

The Ambassadors from both nations visited the AFC headquarters earlier in the month in Kuala Lumpur to officially submit the necessary bidding documentations. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are now among five AFC Member Associations bidding to host the AFC Asian Cup in 202 alongside India, Iran and Uzbekistan with all bids now submitted. 

Saudi Arabia, winners of the Asian Cup on three occasions in 1984, 1988 and 1996, are bidding to stage Asia’s major tournament for the first time. The nation have a great record in the competition as they are just one shy of equalling record-holders Japan with four titles and alongside South Korea who have reached the Final more times than any nation with six appearances.   

Meanwhile, Qatar, the reigning champions of Asia after clinching their single crown in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2019 are aiming to be the first Asian country to stage the Continent’s premier national team competition for the third time, having hosted previously in 1988 and 2011.  

The host nation for the 19th edition of the Asian Cup in 2027 will be announced in 2021 with no exact date known. 

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