Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar chosen as venues for 2022 Women’s Asian Cup

India will host the premier continental tournament from January 20 to February 6 next year.

Action from the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in June, 2019.   -  AP

Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bhubaneswar were on Friday finalised as the three venues for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary Dato' Windsor John, said: “Women's football in Asia is world-class, and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the LOC have selected exceptional venues that will deliver a true spectacle befitting the stature of the tournament. The DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai), TransStadia (Ahmedabad) and the Kalinga Stadium (Bhubaneswar) will host the matches.

“The AFC is grateful to the AIFF, the LOC and the three host cities for their dedication and we are confident that the tournament will serve as a catalyst to take women's football in India, which continues to make significant strides, to even greater heights in the coming years,” John said.

“We applaud them for their vision and wish the AIFF and LOC the very best of success in their ambitions to showcase their capability to stage a successful international showpiece.”

India will host the premier continental tournament from January 20 to February 6 next year.

AIFF president and FIFA council member Praful Patel said: “We are excited to kick off the new year with the AFC Women's Asian Cup. Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Navi Mumbai have put in a lot of work to upgrade their footballing infrastructure.

“While we have seen Navi Mumbai deliver spectacularly in 2017 for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, we are taking the game to new places with Bhubaneswar and Ahmedabad through the two women's tournaments next year, which is really encouraging for our overall football ecosystem.”

Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera said, "Odisha has been chosen as one of the host venues for the prestigious AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 and it is a moment of great pride for all of us. This event will usher in a new phase for international football in the State. There is already lot of excitement amongst fans, especially, amongst our young women footballers.

"It is Asia’s largest football tournament and Odisha with its world class infrastructure, facilities and hospitality will ensure the event is a memorable one for all."

The Qualifiers for the tournament are set to take place from September 13 to 25 in centralised venues with the draw scheduled to be held on May 27 at the AFC headquarters here.