The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) virtually conducted the official final draw for the expanded 12-team AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022, with the host, India, are the hosts, being automatically drawn in Group A. The tournament is set to begin on January 20, 2022 and will be played across three venues in the country, with defending champions Japan in Group C along with Korea Republic, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Australia, champions in 2010 and runners-up in the last two editions, have been drawn in Group B alongside Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Eight-time winners China PR is drawn alongside hosts India, Chinese Taipei and IR Iran in Group A. China PR won their last title in 2006.
The full final draw of the tournament is as follows:
Group A: India, China PR, Chinese Taipei, IR Iran.
Group B: Australia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia.
Group C: Japan, Korea Republic, Vietnam, Myanmar.
Four teams qualified automatically for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022, with India qualifying as the hosts. Japan, Australia and China PR qualified by virtue of their first, second and third place finish respectively in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 held in Jordan.
The top five ranked teams will qualify automatically for the FIFA Women’s World Cup set to be held in Australia & New Zealand in 2023. If Australia finish in the top five, the sixth team in the rankings will also qualify for the event, with the next best two teams from the play-off matches also representing Asia at the Inter-Confederation play-off matches.
The top two teams from Groups A, B and C at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 will qualify for the knockout stages, with the two best-performing third-placed teams across all the three groups also qualifying. The format of the tournament’s knockout stages is as follows:
India (57th in FIFA Women’s Rankings) will take on 72nd ranked Iran in the opening game of the tournament at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on January 20. Games against China PR and Chinese Taipei then follows.