AFC Women's Asian Cup



The AFC Women's Asia Cup in India is now well underway and while we have seen the ever-expanding Women's game showcase plenty of talent it's not been short of talking points off the pitch too. Hosts India is of course the talking point as they had to withdraw after a Covid-19 outbreak in the camp. 

India the hosts

The only place to start is looking at India, this competition was a great chance to showcase women's football to a country with a population of well over a billion people. It turned sour though for the blue tigresses before a ball was kicked. 

On Monday when the hosts were due to take on the ever-improving Taiwan at the D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Mumbai with the match due to kick off, India was unable to field a side as under the AFC rules, they could not field a 13 team squad because of the outbreak of Covid within the team. 

The Taiwan side then had no opposition and fairly or unfairly this meant Inda had broken competition rules they were held responsible for the match not taking place. It was deemed that India had withdrawn from the competition. 

In another harsh turn of events, this means that India has no chance of making the 2023 World Cup as the Asian Cup is also serving as the final stage of the Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. As India has already withdrawn from the competition they have no chance of qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup. 

Back to Football

To the action that did take place, we have our first two quarterfinalists our first two East Asian sides represented. As in Group A, yes India's group China topped this with their friends Taiwan joining them in second place. 

China has started the tournament well with two sold performances showing the men in the country how it is done. Seen as they defeated Taiwan four goals to zero and followed this up with their even more impressive seven-goal victory against Iran. 

Wang Shanshan is looking very impressive with the 31-year-old with nearly 150 caps for her country having already netted four goals in the two matches. Meanwhile, Taiwan a nation where football is on the rise will be very happy to make the Quarterfinal.

Japan and South Korea meanwhile are battling it out in Group C to see who will top the group. They are both already in the Quarterfinal but today will be battling it out for the top spot. Japan are the side with history on their side and you expect them to win but South Korea will not lie down.  

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