2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification

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2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification
Tournament details
Host countries Tajikistan (Group A)
North Korea (Group B)
Palestine (Group C)
Vietnam (Group D)
Dates 3–12 April 2017[1]
Teams 21 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 38
Goals scored 206 (5.42 per match)
Attendance 138,337 (3,640 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jordan Maysa Jbarah (13 goals)
2014
2022

The 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification was the qualification tournament for the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup.[2]

A total of 21 teams entered the qualification tournament, which decided four of the eight participating teams in the final tournament held in Jordan.[3] This tournament also served as the first stage of Asian qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the top five teams of the final tournament qualifying for the World Cup.[4]

Draw[edit]

Of the 47 AFC member associations, a total of 24 teams entered the competition, with Japan, Australia, and China PR automatically qualified for the final tournament by their position as the top three teams of the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup and thus did not participate in the qualifying competition. Jordan also automatically qualified for the final tournament as hosts, but decided to also participate in the qualifying competition.[5]

The draw was held on 21 January 2017, 15:00 AST (UTC+2), at the Grand Hyatt in Amman, Jordan.[6][7] The 21 teams were drawn into one group of six teams and three groups of five teams.[5]

The teams were seeded according to their performance in the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup final tournament and qualification. The following restrictions were also applied:[8][9]

  • The four teams which indicated their intention to serve as qualification group hosts prior to the draw were drawn into separate groups.[10]
  • As Iran and Syria had indicated they would not travel to Palestine, they would not be drawn into the group hosted by Palestine.
Automatically qualified for final tournament and not participating in qualification
Participating in qualification
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 (unranked)
Notes
  • Teams in bold qualified for the final tournament.
  • (H): Qualification group hosts
  • (Q): Automatically qualified for final tournament regardless of qualification results
  • (W): Withdrew after draw
Did not enter

Format[edit]

In each group, teams played each other once at a centralised venue. The four group winners qualified for the final tournament. If Jordan won their group, the runner-up of their group also qualified for the final tournament.[7]

Tiebreakers[edit]

Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 11.5):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are tied and they met in the last round of the group;
  8. Disciplinary points (yellow card = 1 point, red card as a result of two yellow cards = 3 points, direct red card = 3 points, yellow card followed by direct red card = 4 points);
  9. Drawing of lots.

Groups[edit]

The matches were played between 3–12 April 2017.[7]

Schedule[11]
Matchday Group A Groups B & D Group C
Dates Matches Dates Matches Dates Matches
Matchday 1 3 April 2017 3 v 1, 4 v 6, 2 v 5 3 April 2017 3 v 2, 5 v 4 3 April 2017 3 v 1
Matchday 2 5 April 2017 1 v 5, 2 v 4, 3 v 6 5 April 2017 4 v 1, 5 v 3 5 April 2017 2 v 3
Matchday 3 7 April 2017 5 v 3, 6 v 2, 1 v 4 7 April 2017 1 v 5, 2 v 4 7 April 2017 1 v 2
Matchday 4 10 April 2017 4 v 5, 6 v 1, 2 v 3 9 April 2017 2 v 5, 3 v 1
Matchday 5 12 April 2017 5 v 6, 3 v 4, 1 v 2 11 April 2017 4 v 3, 1 v 2

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jordan[a] 5 5 0 0 37 3 +34 15 Final tournament
2  Philippines 5 3 1 1 18 6 +12 10
3  Bahrain 5 2 2 1 10 8 +2 8
4  United Arab Emirates 5 2 1 2 5 11 −6 7
5  Tajikistan (H) 5 1 0 4 3 23 −20 3
6  Iraq 5 0 0 5 0 22 −22 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ Jordan, as final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results.
Bahrain 0–6 Jordan
Report
Attendance: 40
Referee: Rebecca Durcau (Australia)
Iraq 0–1 Tajikistan
Report
Attendance: 110
Referee: Pansa Chaisanit (Thailand)
Philippines 4–0 United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 40
Referee: Mahsa Ghorbani (Iran)

Philippines 4–0 Iraq
Report
Attendance: 50
Referee: Anna Sidorova (Uzbekistan)
Bahrain 4–0 Tajikistan
Report
Attendance: 60
Referee: Oh Hyeon-jeong (South Korea)
Jordan 6–0 United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 40
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)

United Arab Emirates 1–1 Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 30
Referee: Pansa Chaisanit (Thailand)
Tajikistan 0–8 Philippines
Report
Attendance: 120
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
Jordan 10–0 Iraq
Report
Attendance: 80
Referee: Mahsa Ghorbani (Iran)

Iraq 0–3 United Arab Emirates
Report
Attendance: 30
Referee: Oh Hyeon-jeong (South Korea)
Tajikistan 2–10 Jordan
Report
Attendance: 120
Referee: Anna Sidorova (Uzbekistan)
Philippines 1–1 Bahrain
Report
Attendance: 50
Referee: Rebecca Durcau (Australia)

Jordan 5–1 Philippines
Report
Attendance: 110
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
United Arab Emirates 1–0 Tajikistan
Report
Attendance: 200
Referee: Rebecca Durcau (Australia)
Bahrain 4–0 Iraq
Report
Attendance: 30
Referee: Anna Sidorova (Uzbekistan)

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 4 3 1 0 21 1 +20 10 Final tournament
2  North Korea (H) 4 3 1 0 18 1 +17 10
3  Uzbekistan 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6
4  India 4 1 0 3 3 25 −22 3
5  Hong Kong 4 0 0 4 1 15 −14 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
North Korea 8–0 India
Report
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Bui Thi Thu Trang (Vietnam)
Hong Kong 1–2 Uzbekistan
Report
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)

North Korea 5–0 Hong Kong
Report
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Aye Thein (Myanmar)
India 0–10 South Korea
Report
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Lee Yi-chi (Chinese Taipei)

South Korea 1–1 North Korea
Report
Attendance: 42,500
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)
Uzbekistan 7–1 India
Report
Attendance: 600
Referee: Yu Hong (China)

Uzbekistan 0–4 North Korea
Report
Attendance: 40,400
Referee: Bui Thi Thu Trang (Vietnam)
Hong Kong 0–6 South Korea
Report
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Lee Yi-chi (Chinese Taipei)

India 2–0 Hong Kong
Report
Attendance: 50
Referee: Yu Hong (China)
South Korea 4–0 Uzbekistan
Report
Attendance: 80
Referee: Aye Thein (Myanmar)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Thailand 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6 Final tournament
2  Chinese Taipei 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 3
3  Palestine (H) 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 0
4  Lebanon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew
5  Guam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Palestine 0–6 Thailand
Report

Chinese Taipei 5–0 Palestine
Report
Attendance: 350
Referee: Cong Thi Dung (Vietnam)

Thailand 1–0 Chinese Taipei
Report

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Vietnam (H) 4 4 0 0 27 1 +26 12 Final tournament
2  Myanmar 4 3 0 1 22 2 +20 9
3  Iran 4 2 0 2 19 8 +11 6
4  Singapore 4 1 0 3 1 20 −19 3
5  Syria 4 0 0 4 0 38 −38 0
Source: AFC
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Iran 0–2 Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 96
Referee: Qin Liang (China)
Singapore 1–0 Syria
Report
Attendance: 55
Referee: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)

Singapore 0–6 Iran
Report
Attendance: 100
Syria 0–11 Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Mi Siyu (China)

Myanmar 14–0 Syria
Report
Attendance: 56
Referee: Asaka Matsushita (Japan)
Vietnam 8–0 Singapore
Report
Attendance: 300
Referee: Edita Mirabidova (Uzbekistan)

Myanmar 6–0 Singapore
Report
Attendance: 55
Referee: Mi Siyu (China)
Iran 1–6 Vietnam
Report
Attendance: 380

Syria 0–12 Iran
Report
Attendance: 35
Referee: Mi Siyu (China)
Vietnam 2–0 Myanmar
Report
Attendance: 750
Referee: Qin Liang (China)

Qualified teams[edit]

The following eight teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in AFC Women's Asian Cup1
 Jordan Hosts 4 September 2016[3] 1 (2014)
 Japan 2014 champions 21 January 2017 15 (1977, 1981, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)
 Australia 2014 runners-up 21 January 2017 5 (1975, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)
 China PR 2014 third place 21 January 2017 13 (1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)
 Philippines Group A runners-up 10 April 2017 8 (1981, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003)
 South Korea Group B winners 11 April 2017 11 (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)
 Thailand Group C winners 7 April 2017 15 (1975, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)
 Vietnam Group D winners 11 April 2017 7 (1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Goalscorers[edit]

13 goals
9 goals
8 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
Source: the-afc.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2017 (UPDATED)" (PDF). the-AFC.com. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 Competition Regulations". Asian Football Confederation.
  3. ^ a b "Jordan to host AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 finals". AFC. 4 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Circular #1565 - FIFA women's tournaments 2018-2019" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Teams set to find out path to AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018". AFC. 20 January 2017.
  6. ^ "AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifiers draw". Football Federation Australia. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Teams learn AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018 qualifying opponents". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Women's Asian Cup 2018 Qualifiers Draw Mechanism" (PDF). AFC.
  9. ^ "AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018 Qualifiers Draw". YouTube. 21 January 2017.
  10. ^ "ОТБОРОЧНЫЙ ТУРНИР КУБКА АЗИИ-2018 СРЕДИ ЖЕНСКИХ СБОРНЫХ ПРОЙДЕТ В ДУШАНБЕ". Football Federation Tajikistan. 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ "2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup Qualifiers Media Guide" (PDF). AFC.
  12. ^ "ФУТБОЛИСТКИ ТАДЖИКИСТАНА НАЧНУТ ОТБОР КУБКА АЗИИ-2018 МАТЧЕМ С ИРАКОМ" (in Russian). Football Federation of Tajikistan. 21 January 2017.
  13. ^ Ji, Dagyum (23 January 2017). "S.Korean, N.Korean women's football teams to play match in Pyongyang". NK News. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  14. ^ "CHÍNH THỨC: ĐT nữ Việt Nam đá VL Asian Cup 2018 tại Hà Nội" (in Vietnamese). doisong.vn. 21 February 2017.

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