2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup

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2006 AFC Women's Championship
Tournament details
Host country Australia
Dates December 4 – December 16
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  China PR (8th title)
Runners-up  Australia
Third place  North Korea
Fourth place  Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 20
Goals scored 77 (3.85 per match)

The 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup was a women's football tournament for women's national teams from countries affiliated to the Asian Football Confederation. It was the 15th installment of the AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Unlike the previous tournament which was held every two years, the tournament has been moved back a year to 2006. The structure of the competition has changed for this tournament, with a qualifying tournament and a separate championship tournament.

The four qualifiers of the sub-tournament (Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand) went on to compete for the Championship proper against the four automatic finalists (China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea). Australia were added to the final tournament following their switch from Oceania Football Confederation to the Asian confederation. The finals of the tournament were held in Australia in July 2006 - the hosting rights were originally given to Japan, but after Australia moved conferences, they were given the hosting rights. All matches in the main tournament were held in Adelaide.

The tournament also acted as Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2007 World Cup. Two spots were available in addition to the automatic spot given to China PR as World Cup hosts. China PR won the tournament, beating hosts Australia in the final. Thus, Australia took the first qualifying spot, while North Korea defeated Japan in the third place play-off to take second place. Japan now play off with the third-placed team in the CONCACAF region, despite beating China in the group stages.

Qualification[edit]

See main article: 2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification

Teams[edit]

Japan, China, North Korea and South Korea qualified by virtue of occupying the four top spots in the 2003 AFC Women's Championship.

First round[edit]

All matches in the group stage were held at Hindmarsh Stadium, except the Chinese Taipei v Vietnam and Thailand v Australia matches, which took place at the Marden Stadium.

Group A[edit]

Country GP W D L GF GA Pts
 Japan 3 3 0 0 17 1 9
 China PR 3 2 0 1 4 1 6
 Vietnam 3 1 0 2 1 7 3
 Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 1 14 0
Match Results
19 July 2006
12:00
China PR  2–0  Chinese Taipei
D.Han 11'
W.Pu 64'
 
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 500
Referee: Kamnueng (Thailand)

19 July 2006
14:30
Japan  5–0  Vietnam
H.Sawa 39', 52'
M.Sakaguchi 65', 78'
Y.Nagasato 81'
 
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 500
Referee: Ogston (Australia)

21 July 2006
16:30
Japan  11–1  Chinese Taipei
S.Ohno 9'
Y.Nagasato 29', 33', 46', 71', 92+'
H.Sawa 38', 80'
M.Sakaguchi 48', 89'
M.Yanagita 68'
I.L.Hsieh 35'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 200
Referee: Ri H.S. (DPR Korea)

21 July 2006
19:00
Vietnam  0–2  China PR
  X.X.Ma 20', 58'

23 July 2006
14:30
China PR  0–1  Japan
  A.Miyama 18'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ogston (Australia)

23 July 2006
14:30
Chinese Taipei  0–1  Vietnam
  V.H. Linh 70'
Marden Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 200
Referee: Ri H.S. (DPR Korea)

Group B[edit]

Country GP W D L GF GA Pts
 North Korea 4 3 1 0 13 0 10
 Australia 4 3 1 0 11 0 10
 South Korea 4 2 0 2 14 6 6
 Thailand 4 1 0 3 2 26 3
 Myanmar 4 0 0 4 2 10 0
Match Results
16 July 2006
12:00
Myanmar  1–2  Thailand
M.N.Htwe 60' P.Sornsai 34', 55'

16 July 2006
14:30
Australia  4–0  South Korea
Sun Nam 30' (OG)
S.Walsh 66'
C.Munoz 75'
L.De Vanna 87'
 
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: D'Coth (India)

18 July 2006
12:00
Thailand  0–9  North Korea
  Ri K.S. 8', 34'
Ri U.S. 31'
Kim T.S. 36', 73'
Ho S.H. 43'
Jo Y.M. 59'
Kim Y.A. 67', 87'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 200
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)

18 July 2006
14:30
Myanmar  0–2  Australia
  S.Shipard 31'
L.De Vanna 77'

20 July 2006
12:00
North Korea  3–0  Myanmar
Ri U.S. 23', 37'
Ri U.G. 85'
 
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 150
Referee: D'Coth (India)

20 July 2006
14:30
South Korea  11–0  Thailand
Yun Hee 30', 44'
Jung Suk 39', 50', 71', 80', 83', 86'
Joo Hee 42'
Jin Hee 69'
Sey Hwa 87'
 

22 July 2006
16:30
South Korea  3–1  Myanmar
Joo Hee 7'
Suk Hee 35'
Jung Suk 64'
A.N.Hlaing 90'

22 July 2006
19:00
Australia  0–0  North Korea
   
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)

24 July 2006
14:30
Thailand  0–5  Australia
  A.Ferguson 3'
J.Burgess 27'
S.Walsh 53'
K.Gill 62'
L.De Vanna 81'
Marden Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 400
Referee: Hong (Korea Republic)

24 July 2006
14:30
North Korea  1–0  South Korea
Kim Y.A. 76'  
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 300
Referee: Kamnueng (Thailand)

Knockout stages[edit]

Semi finals Final
27 July 30 July
                   
     
A China Chinese Taipei Japan Vietnam 2nd  China PR 1
 
B Australia South Korea North Korea Burma Thailand 1st  North Korea 0  
   China PR 2 (4)
     
   Australia 2 (2)
B Australia South Korea North Korea Burma Thailand 2nd  Australia 2
 
A China Chinese Taipei Japan Vietnam 1st  Japan 0  
  Bronze medal match
 North Korea 3
 Japan 2

Semi-finals[edit]

Winners qualify for the 2007 World Cup.

In the China v North Korea match, China conceded a potential equaliser in injury time, but it was disallowed for offside. The North Koreans reacted by throwing bottles and other objects at the referees, and North Korean goalkeeper Han Hye Yong kicked Italian referee Anna De Toni from behind. Three North Korean players, including Han, were suspended before the third place play-off. North Korea protested the decision, demanding a rematch and a reversal of the suspensions.[1]

27 July 2006
16:30
Australia  2–0  Japan
C. Munoz 10'
J. Peters 45'

27 July 2006
19:30
China PR  1–0  North Korea
Ma Xiaoxu 58'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Anna De Toni (Italy)

Third place playoff[edit]

As China were automatically qualified as hosts, North Korea qualified for the World Cup as the third-placed team in the tournament. Japan will play off with the third-placed team from the 2006 Women's Gold Cup in the CONCACAF region.

30 July 2006
12:30
Japan  2–3  North Korea
K. Ando 43'
Y. Nagasato 89'
Ri U.S. 23'
Ri U.G. 33', 39'

Final[edit]

30 July 2006
15:30
Australia  2–2 (AET)
(2–4 PSO)
 China PR
C.Munoz 29'
J.Peters 33'
D.Han 68'
X.X.Ma 73'
  Penalties  
C.McCallum: saved
S.Shipard: scored
J.Peters: saved
A.Ferguson: scored
2–4 X.X.Ma: scored
Y.Bi: scored
J.Li: scored
D.Han: scored
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: M.Oiwa (Japan)

Awards[edit]

 2006 AFC Women's Championship Winners 

China PR
Eighth title

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ N. Korea demands rematch at Asian Cup, AP, retrieved 30 July 2006