2006 AFC Women's Asian Cup

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2006 AFC Women's Championship
Tournament details
Host country Australia
Dates July 16 – 30
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.

Group stage[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]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Japan 3 3 0 0 17 1 +16 9
 China PR 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
 Vietnam 3 1 0 2 1 7 −6 3
 Chinese Taipei 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0

19 July 2006
12:00
China PR  2–0  Chinese Taipei
Duan Han Goal 11'
Wei Pu Goal 64'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Pannipar Kamnueng (Thailand)

19 July 2006
14:30
Japan  5–0  Vietnam
Homare Sawa Goal 39'52'
Mizuho Sakaguchi Goal 65'78'
Yuki Nagasato Goal 81'

21 July 2006
16:30
Japan  11–1  Chinese Taipei
Shinobu Ohno Goal 9'
Yuki Nagasato Goal 29'33'46'71'92+'
Homare Sawa Goal 38'80'
Mizuho Sakaguchi Goal 48'89'
Miyuki Yanagita Goal 68'
I-Ling Hsieh Goal 35'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 200
Referee: Ri Hong-sil (DPR Korea)

21 July 2006
19:00
Vietnam  0–2  China PR
Xiaoxu Ma Goal 20'58'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 300
Referee: Hong Eun-ah (Korea Republic)

23 July 2006
14:30
China PR  0–1  Japan
Aya Miyama Goal 18'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Tammy Nicole Ogston (Australia)

23 July 2006
14:30
Chinese Taipei  0–1  Vietnam
Vũ Thị Huyễn Lình Goal 70'
Marden Stadium
Attendance: 200
Referee: Ri Hong-sil (DPR Korea)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 North Korea 4 3 1 0 13 0 +13 10
 Australia 4 3 1 0 11 0 +11 10
 South Korea 4 2 0 2 14 6 +8 6
 Thailand 4 1 0 3 2 26 −24 3
 Myanmar 4 0 0 4 2 10 −8 0

16 July 2006
12:00
Myanmar  1–2  Thailand
Daw My Nilar Htwe Goal 60' Pitsamai Sornsai Goal 34'55'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 200
Referee: Huijun Niu (P.R. China)

16 July 2006
14:30
Australia  4–0  South Korea
Shin Sun-nam Goal 30' (o.g.)
Sarah Walsh Goal 66'
Caitlin Munoz Goal 75'
Lisa De Vanna Goal 87'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bentla D'Coth (India)

18 July 2006
12:00
Thailand  0–9  North Korea
Ri Kum-suk Goal 8'34'
Ri Un-suk Goal 31'
Kim Tan-sil Goal 36'73'
Ho Sun-hui Goal 43'
Jo Yun-mi Goal 59'
Kim Yong-ae Goal 67'87'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 200
Referee: Mayumi Oiwa (Japan)

18 July 2006
14:30
Myanmar  0–2  Australia
Sally Shipard Goal 31'
Lisa De Vanna Goal 77'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Dongqing Zhang (P.R. China)

20 July 2006
12:00
North Korea  3–0  Myanmar
Ri Un-suk Goal 23'37'
Ri Un-gyong Goal 85'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 150
Referee: Bentla D'Coth (India)

20 July 2006
14:30
South Korea  11–0  Thailand
Cha Yun-hee Goal 30'44'
Jung Jung-suk Goal 39'50'71'80'83'86'
Kim Joo-hee Goal 42'
Kim Jin-hee Goal 69'
Jung Sey-hwa Goal 87'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 200
Referee: Huijun Niu (P.R. China)

22 July 2006
16:30
South Korea  3–1  Myanmar
Kim Joo-hee Goal 7'
Jin Suk-hee Goal 35'
Jung Jung-suk Goal 64'
Hlaing Goal 90'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 500
Referee: Dongqing Zhang (P.R. China)

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

24 July 2006
14:30
Thailand  0–5  Australia
Alicia Ferguson Goal 3'
Joanne Burgess Goal 27'
Sarah Walsh Goal 53'
Kathryn Gill Goal 62'
Lisa De Vanna Goal 81'
Marden Stadium
Attendance: 400
Referee: Hong Eun-ah (Korea Republic)

24 July 2006
14:30
North Korea  1–0  South Korea
Kim Yong-ae Goal 76'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 300
Referee: Pannipar Kamnueng (Thailand)

Knockout stages[edit]

Semi-finals Final
27 July
   China PR   1  
   North Korea   0  
 
30 July
       China PR   2 (4)
     Australia   0 (2)
Third place
27 July 30 July
   Australia   2    North Korea   3
   Japan   0      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
Caitlin Munoz Goal 10'
Joanne Peters Goal 45'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)

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

Third place match[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
Kozue Ando Goal 43'
Yuki Nagasato Goal 89'
Ri Un-suk Goal 23'
Ri Un-gyong Goal 33'39'
Hindmarsh Stadium
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Tammy Ogston (Australia)

Final[edit]

Awards[edit]

 2006 AFC Women's Championship Winners 

China PR
Eighth title

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]