The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday confirmed that Saudi Arabia, Australia, Jordan and Uzbekistan have submitted expressions of interest to host the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup.
AFC said that they are now working on bidding member associations to complete all the necessary documents and will announce the successful country in 2023.
This is the first time that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has shown interest in hosting an international women’s tournament. According to the AFC, the Saudi women’s national team played their first-ever match this year alone. The Saudi women were also banned from participating in football matches in stadiums until 2017.
Australia last hosted the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2006 and Jordan became the first West Asian country which hosted the competition in 2018.
Neither Uzbekistan, nor any central Asian countries have ever hosted the tournament, and Saudi Arabia, after Jordan, would be the second nation in the West Asian zone to host the competition if it wins the bidding.
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