21 nations enter Women’s Asian Cup draw as Jordan prepares for 2018 finals

January 23 – Jordan, who will host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018, hosted the draw for the qualifying rounds that will be played in four groups in Tajikistan, DPR Korea, Palestine and Vietnam. 

The group winners will qualify for the eight team finals alongside the three highest-ranked women’s national teams from the last AFC Women’s Asian Cup – Japan, Australia and China PR – who received automatic qualification.

Jordan also qualify as hosts but requested to participate in the qualifiers. If they win their group then the second placed team will qualify for the finals.

Jordan has committed significantly to using football to develop sports, and especially women’s football, in their country but also within the west Asian region.

Jordan hosted a very successful Women’s U-17 World Cup last year and will become the first Middle East nation to host a senior Asian women’s football championship when it holds the next Women’s Asian Cup in 2018. When the award was made AFC Women’s Football Committee Chairwoman Moya Dodd said: “This decision marks a geographical landmark, being the first time a Member Association from the West Zone will have hosted a senior AFC women’s tournament.

Draw

Group A: Jordan, Philippines, Bahrain, Iraq, UAETajikistan (hosts)

Group B: Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, India, DPR Korea (hosts)

Group C: Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Lebanon, Palestine (hosts), Guam

Group D: Vietnam (hosts), Myanmar, IR Iran, Syria, Singapore

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