AFC Women's Asian Cup
|Number of teams||12 (finals)|
|Qualifier for||FIFA Women's World Cup|
|Current champions|| China PR|
|Most successful team(s)|| China PR|
|2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup|
The AFC Women's Asian Cup (formerly known as the AFC Women's Championship) is a quadrennial competition in women's football for national teams which belong to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the oldest women's international football competition and premier women's football competition in the AFC region for national teams. The competition is also known as the Asian Women's Football Championship and the Asian Women's Championship. 20 tournaments have been held, with the current champions being China PR. The competition also serves as Asian qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup.
The competition was set up by the Asian Ladies Football Confederation (ALFC), a part of the AFC responsible for women's football. The first competition was held in 1975 and was held every two years after this, except for a period in the 1980s where the competition was held every three years. The ALFC was initially a separate organisation but was absorbed into the AFC in 1986.
From 1975 to 1981, matches were 60 minutes in duration.
The competition has been dominated by countries from the Pacific Rim or Eastern Asia (including East and Southeast Asia), with the China women's national football team having won 9 times, including a series of 7 consecutive victories as of 2022 edition. Countries from Central and West Asia have been rather less successful, with only Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Jordan and Iran having qualified so far. Eastern Asia has also been far more frequent in participating in the FIFA Women's World Cup, with five strongest women's teams of Asia (China, North Korea, Japan, Australia and South Korea) hail from this part.
The tournament frequency changed to every 4 years effective from 2010, after AFC had announced that the Asian Cup will additionally serve as the qualification rounds of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Starting from 2022 edition, a total of twelve teams participate in the final tournament including the hosts, top three finishers of the previous edition and eight teams from the qualification tournament.
- Australia was represented by New South Wales
- Competes as Chinese Taipei since 1981, in compliance with the International Olympic Committee's Nagoya Resolution in 1979. Previously referred to as the Republic of China.
- Host country India had two teams that played in this competition: India N and India S
- The match was cancelled as Hong Kong team members have already booked the flight to leave Kozhikode before kickoff, otherwise they had to stay behind for further four days for another earliest flight to Hong Kong, which would have upset the team's schedule. Both teams were declared third place.
- The team competed under the club name "Mulan Taipei". Chinese Taipei requested two other national teams to compete under the club name as well.
Performance by nation
|Rank||Nation||Champions||Runners-up||Third Place||Fourth Place||Semi-finalists||Total|
- India failed to name the required 13 players and were unable to play their match of the group stage against Chinese Taipei due to them having only fewer than 13 players left with the remaining team members testing positive for COVID-19. They were considered to have withdrawn from the competition, and all previous matches played by them were considered "null and void" and would not be considered in determining the final group rankings.
- As of 2022
|Year||Most Valuable Player||Top Scorer||Goals||Best goalkeeper||Fairplay Award|
|2006||Ma Xiaoxu|| Yūki Nagasato
|7||Not awarded||China PR|
|2008||Homare Sawa||Ri Kum-suk||7||Japan|
|2010||Jo Yun-mi||Kozue Ando||3||China PR|
|2014||Aya Miyama|| Yang Li
|2018||Mana Iwabuchi||Li Ying||7||Japan|
|2022||Wang Shanshan||Sam Kerr||7||Zhu Yu||South Korea|
- AFF Women's Championship
- CAFA Women's Championship
- EAFF E-1 Football Championship (women)
- SAFF Women's Championship
- WAFF Women's Championship
- AFC Asian Cup
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The AFC stages the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2014 (Qualifiers) (hereafter the "Competition") for the senior women's national teams once every four (4) years. (In Section 1)[permanent dead link]
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