The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced that the final round of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup will take place in India from January 20 to February 6, 2022. It will serve as the final stage in Asian qualification for the 2023 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand, with both sides automatically qualifying as hosts.
Most notably, strong rivals in the form of the DPRK have been disqualified from the tournament after forfeiting qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics without reason, thereby offering the Vietnamese women’s national team a greater chance of making it to the 2023 World Cup.
Three Asian football powerhouses, including Japan, the Republic of Korea, and China, will take the continent’s first three slots.
The two remaining places will be filled by either Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, or Jordan.
The target of the Vietnamese women’s football team led by head coach Mai Duc Chung is to defend their championship title at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup, the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and win a ticket to compete in the FIFA World Cup.