Australia will not host the Asian Cup of Nations, scheduled for next summer. In search of a replacement since the withdrawal last May of China, the original organizer, for its “zero Covid” policy, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had registered several expressions of interest including those of South Korea, Indonesia, Qatar and Australia.
This last nation, already co-organizer of the Women’s World Cup in 2023 with New Zealand, finally retracted this Friday without specifying the reason. However, general manager James Johnson said in July that a bid hinged on whether the tournament schedule could be moved to January-February 2024.
Australia is now focused on hosting the Women’s Asian Nations Cup in 2026. “Football Australia maintains its keen interest in bidding for the 2026 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and will submit an official and full bid by the required deadline later this year”indicates the press release published on Friday.