Australia and Uzbekistan awarded 2026 and 2029 hosting rights toAFC Women’s Asian Cup

May 15 – The Asian Confederation has awarded hosting of its 2026 and 2029 AFC Women’s Asian Cup competitions to Australia and Uzbekistan.

The hosts were ratified at a meeting of the AFC’s executive committee Wednesday, in Bangkok, Thailand, following recommendation the AFC Women’s Football Committee.

“On behalf of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), I would like to thank the other three initial bidders for the 2026 edition – Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan – for submitting their interests and I offer our sincere congratulations to Football Australia and the Uzbekistan Football Association on being confirmed as hosts of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2026 and 2029 respectively,” said AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

The award to Australia allows them to continue the rich vein of women’s major event hosting they opened up with the co-hosted Women’s World Cup in 2023.

Uzbekistan have hosted women’s Asian Cup youth championships and are now moving up to host their first senior team championship. They will be the first first Central Asian nation to organise the tournament.

“The development of the women’s game in Asia has grown immensely in recent years and the launch of the AFC Women’s Champions League later this year is a monumental stride forward that will transform the standards of our flagship women’s national team competition in the decades to come,” said Salman.

“I am confident that we will see a more vibrant and competitive edition in 2026 in Australia where the unrivalled passion for the women’s game is so palpable, setting the perfect stage for Uzbekistan to surpass all expectations in 2029.”

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