AFC to pilot Women’s Club Championship in November

AFC Women's Football Committee. Image credit: AFC

The Asian Football Confederation will run a pilot edition of a Women’s Club Championship this November, involving the domestic champions from Australia, China, Japan and South Korea.

The teams will compete in a round-robin tournament between November 26 and 30.

The AFC last year endorsed the idea of creating the competition. Competition regulations have now been agreed upon following input from the AFC ‘s Technical Division and Competitions Department. The pilot edition was announced by the confederation’s Women’s Football Committee on Friday, ahead of the final of the AFC national team Under-16 Women’s Championship in Thailand.

The Women’s Football Committee also announced changes to its youth championships to bring them into line with Fifa’s women’s youth World Cups. The AFC Under-19 and Under-16 Women’s Championships will from 2022 be the Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s Championships. The competitions will also take place in the same years as the Fifa Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s World Cups, which the AFC said would provide a “more beneficial timeline and technical preparation for Asian teams to prepare for the relevant Fifa competitions”.

The change also means the AFC’s women’s youth competition finals don’t clash with its men’s youth competition finals.

The 2022 AFC U-20 Women’s Championship is to take place on February 7 to 20, with qualifiers over two rounds in 2021, March 6 to 14 and August 18 to 22.

The 2022 AFC U-17 Women’s Championship is to take place on April 4 to 17, with qualifiers in 2021 on April 3 to 11 and September 22 to 26.