Iran submits bid to host 2027 AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup

Iran has officially submitted its bid for hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2027, a spokesman of the country’s football federation has confirmed.

Amir Mahdi Alavi, a spokesman of the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI), said on Twitter on Tuesday: “The Cheetahs are preparing to host the Asian big teams in 2027.”

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) earlier this month granted a three-month extension to the deadline for member associations to submit expressions of interest to host the 2027 Asian Cup. The deadline had previously been March 31, but this was extended to June 30 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have already submitted their 2027 bids, the AFC is expected to announce the host country early next year.

Iran previously bid to host the 2019 Asian Cup, having already hosted two Asian Cup tournaments in 1968 and 1976, however the bid was won by the United Arab Emirates. The country also won the tournament three times in a row between 1968 and 1976.

China was confirmed as the host nation of the 2023 edition back in June. The tournament will take place across 10 host cities: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou.