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The Future of Women's Football in Asia: Australia and Uzbekistan Set to Host Prestigious AFC Women’s Asian Cups.

Roger Hampel


AFC Women’s
AFC Women’s

In a landmark decision that underscores the growing stature of women's football in Asia, Australia and Uzbekistan have been recommended as the host nations for the 2026 and 2029 editions of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup™, respectively. This recommendation came from the AFC Women’s Football Committee, marking a significant moment in the sport's history on the continent.


Australia's selection as the 2026 host follows its successful co-hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which set new benchmarks for excellence and showcased the country's passion for and commitment to women's football.


The anticipated hosting of the 2026 edition in Australia is not just a win for the country but a monumental opportunity for the Asian football community to experience the sport at its best. Australia's sole candidacy, following the withdrawal of other bidders, underscores the confidence in its capabilities to organize an event that promises to elevate the women’s game and set a new standard for the tournament.


On the other hand, Uzbekistan's selection for the 2029 edition is equally momentous. It represents the first time a Central Asian nation will host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup™. This choice reflects the Uzbekistan Football Association's (UFA) impressive track record in successfully staging major AFC competitions and its commitment to promoting and developing women's football in the region.

Uzbekistan's growing role as a key player in Asian football, demonstrated by its hosting of recent AFC tournaments, indicates the country's readiness to deliver a top-tier event that could expand the women's game's reach and impact across Asia.


These decisions by the AFC Women’s Football Committee are not merely about selecting host nations; they signify a strategic move towards leveraging football as a platform for social change, gender equality, and the development of women's sports. The selection process, underpinned by considerations of organizational excellence, popularity of the sport, and the potential to grow the game, reflects the AFC's commitment to fostering a vibrant football ecosystem in Asia.


Australia's history-making 2006 hosting of the AFC Women's Asian Cup and its upcoming 2026 edition, coupled with Uzbekistan's landmark 2029 hosting, are set to create new narratives for women's football in Asia. These events will not only showcase the sport's rising talent and competitive spirit but also serve as catalysts for greater participation, investment, and interest in women's football across the continent.

Furthermore, the impending launch of the AFC Women’s Champions League represents another stride forward in providing platforms for women's football to flourish in Asia. The AFC's dedication to refining the framework for competitions, referees, and technical aspects of women's football underscores an overarching strategy to elevate the game to new heights.


Source: AFC Media

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