The hosting rights of the AFC-Asian Football Confederation Women’s Asian Cup 2022 have been
given to India. The country shall be hosting it for the first time after 1979.
The decision was approved by the AFC Football Committee in a recent meeting and the proposal of
awarding India the rights, was made earlier this year in February. In a recent statement issued by
Praful Patel, the President of the All India Football Federation, Patel thanked the AFC for choosing
India for staging the tournament and finding it suitable for it.
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The tournament will be staged in the second half of the year and shall be featuring 12 teams this
time. Previously, the slot for the total teams consisted of eight teams only. Being the host, the Indian
Women’s Football team has qualified directly for the championship.
This is not the first time the All India Football Federation shall be hosting any international
tournament. The Under-16 AFC Championships of 2016 and the U-17 FIFA World Cup were staged in
India as well.
Being the last championship eligible for the qualification criteria, the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup shall
be serving as the last final qualification tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.