Amman, Jan 21, 2017: AFC Women’s Asian Cup, Twenty-one nations learned their opponents for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifiers when the official draw was held in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday.
Korea Republic, Thailand, Vietnam, Jordan, Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Bahrain, Islamic Republic of Iran, India, Palestine, DPR Korea, Guam, Iraq, Singapore, Syria, Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Group A: A1 Jordan A2 Philippines A3 Bahrain A4 Iraq A5 UAE A6 Tajikistan (hosts)
Group B: B1 Korea Republic B2 Uzbekistan B3 Hong Kong B4 India B5 DPR Korea (hosts)
Group C: C1 Thailand C2 Chinese Taipei C3 Lebanon C4 Palestine (hosts) C5 Guam
Group D: D1 Vietnam (hosts) D2 Myanmar D3 IR Iran D4 Syria D5 Singapore
The three highest-ranked women’s national teams from the last AFC Women’s Asian Cup – Japan, Australia and China PR – received automatic qualification into the eight-team finals. The group winners of each of the four qualifying groups will qualify for the finals in Jordan.
Jordan as hosts also received automatic qualification, but they have expressed interest to participate in the qualifiers. Therefore, if case they finish top of their qualifying group, the runner-up team will also advance to the final competition. The qualifiers will kick off on April 3, 2017.
The finals, which will be held from April 7 to 22, 2018, which will also serve as the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
April 3: A3 v A1, A4 v A6, A2 v A5
April 5: A1 v A5, A2 v A4, A3 v A6
April 7: A5 v A3, A6 v A2, A1 v A4
April 10: A4 v A5, A6 v A1, A2 v A3
April 12: A5 v A6, A3 v A4, A1 v A2
Groups B through D
April 3: BCD3 v BCD 2, BCD5 v BCD4
April 5: BCD4 v BCD1, BCD5 v BCD3
April 7: BCD1 v BCD5, BCD2 v BCD4
April 9: BCD2 v BCD5, BCD3 v BCD1
April 11: BCD4 v BCD3, BCD1 v BCD2
Jordan, the host country
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 will take the competition to West Asia for the first time in its history. Women’s football is developing fast in the region and the success of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 further accelerated the growth of the women’s game in West Asia.
Despite its small size, Jordan has a dynamic setting, featuring a wealth of tourist attractions ranging from religious and historic landmarks, a bustling urban scene and night life in its capital, Amman. It boasts therapeutic wellness resorts at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. In addition to enjoying almost year-round sunshine with temperate Mediterranean weather, Jordan is home to a multi-cultural, well-educated and hospitable populace.
Amman, the host city
Youthful, vivacious and steeped in history, Amman is the Kingdom’s sporting, commercial and cultural centre and one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world, with almost half of Jordan’s population concentrated in the city. Due to its modern-day prosperity and moderate climate, Amman has hosted a number of prominent international and Asian sporting championships over the past two decades. —- AFC
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